George Washington Brooks

George Washington Brooks (March 16, 1821 – January 6, 1882) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Albemarle, Cape Fear and Pamptico Districts of North Carolina and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

George Washington Brooks
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Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
In office
June 4, 1872 – January 6, 1882
Appointed byoperation of law
Preceded bySeat established by 17 Stat. 215
Succeeded byAugustus Sherrill Seymour
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of North Carolina
In office
August 19, 1865 – June 4, 1872
Appointed byAndrew Johnson
Preceded byAsa Biggs
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Personal details
Born(1821-03-16)March 16, 1821
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
DiedJanuary 6, 1882(1882-01-06) (aged 60)
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Educationread law
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Education and careerEdit

Born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Brooks read law to enter the bar in 1846. He was then in private practice in Elizabeth City until 1865, also serving as a member of the North Carolina House of Commons (now the North Carolina House of Representatives) in 1852, and from 1865 to 1866.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Brooks received a recess appointment from President Andrew Johnson on August 19, 1865, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Albemarle, Cape Fear and Pamptico Districts of North Carolina (also referenced officially as the United States District Court for the District of North Carolina) vacated by Judge Asa Biggs. He was nominated to the same position by President Johnson on December 20, 1865. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 22, 1866, and received his commission the same day. Brooks was reassigned by operation of law to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina on June 4, 1872, to a new seat authorized by 17 Stat. 215. His service terminated on January 6, 1882, due to his death in Elizabeth City.[1][2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b George Washington Brooks at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ "Obituary Notes". The New York Times. January 7, 1882. p. 5. Retrieved January 18, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Asa Biggs
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of North Carolina
1865–1872
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
Seat established by 17 Stat. 215
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
1872–1882
Succeeded by
Augustus Sherrill Seymour