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Garnett Thomas Eisele, (November 3, 1923 – November 26, 2017), better known as G. Thomas Eisele, was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

G. Thomas Eisele
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
In office
August 1, 1991 – November 26, 2017
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
In office
1975–1991
Preceded byJesse Smith Henley
Succeeded byStephen M. Reasoner
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
In office
August 6, 1970 – August 1, 1991
Appointed byRichard Nixon
Preceded byGordon Elmo Young
Succeeded byBilly Roy Wilson
Personal details
Born
Garnett Thomas Eisele

(1923-11-03)November 3, 1923
Hot Springs, Arkansas
DiedNovember 26, 2017(2017-11-26) (aged 94)
Little Rock, Arkansas
ResidenceLittle Rock, Arkansas
EducationWashington University in St. Louis (A.B.)
Harvard Law School (LL.B., LL.M.)

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Education and careerEdit

Born on November 3, 1923 in Hot Springs, Arkansas,[1] Eisele had attended several Republican National Conventions with his grandfather, Martin Eisele.[2]

He was a private in the United States Army during World War II from 1942-46. In 1947, he procured a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He then obtained both a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws in 1950 and 1951, respectively, from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[citation needed]

From 1952-61, Eisele was in the United States Naval Reserve. He was in private practice in Hot Springs from 1951-53. He was an Assistant United States Attorney in the capital city of Little Rock from 1953-55. After he was not nominated for United States Attorney, Eisele returned to private practice in Little Rock from 1956-70.[citation needed]

In the early 1960s, Eisele supported Winthrop Rockefeller's attempt to revive the Arkansas Republican Party. At the time Rockefeller was engaged in an intra-party rivalry with state chairman William L. Spicer of Fort Smith, the owner of a chain of drive-in theaters. From 1966-69, Eisele was the legal advisor to Rockefeller, who was elected governor in 1966-68.[3]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Eisele was Rockefeller's choice for the district court position vacated in 1969 by Gordon Elmo Young. Two other Arkansas Republicans had expressed interest in the judgeship, Odell Pollard of Searcy in White County, then the state Republican chairman and the choice of former United States Senate nominee and later Arkansas state party chairman Charles T. Bernard, and state Circuit Judge Henry M. Britt of Hot Springs, the 1960 Republican gubernatorial nominee against Orval Faubus.[4]

Eisele was nominated by President Richard Nixon on January 23, 1970, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas vacated by Judge Gordon Elmo Young. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 5, 1970, and received his commission on August 6, 1970. He served as Chief Judge from 1975 to 1991. He assumed senior status on August 1, 1991.[3] His service terminated on November 26, 2017, due to his death in Little Rock.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Finn, Marie T. (1995). The American Bench. Forster-Long. p. 195.
  2. ^ Osro Cobb, Osro Cobb of Arkansas: Memoirs of Historical Significance, Carol Griffee, ed. (Little Rock, Arkansas: Rose Publishing Company, 1989), pg. 131.<--ISSN/ISBN needed-->
  3. ^ a b Garnett Thomas Eisele at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  4. ^ Cathy Kunzinger Urwin, Agenda for Reform: Winthrop Rockefeller as Governor of Arkansas, 1967-71 (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1991), p. 170, ISBN 1-55728-200-5
  5. ^ Brantley, Max. "The open line: Also, retired Judge G. Thomas Eisele has died at 94".

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