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Henry White Edgerton (October 20, 1888 – February 23, 1970) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Henry White Edgerton
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
In office
April 22, 1963 – February 23, 1970
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
In office
1955–1958
Preceded byHarold Montelle Stephens
Succeeded byE. Barrett Prettyman
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
In office
December 15, 1937 – April 22, 1963
Appointed byFranklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded byDuncan Lawrence Groner
Succeeded byCarl E. McGowan
Personal details
Born
Henry White Edgerton

(1888-10-20)October 20, 1888
Rush Center, Kansas
DiedFebruary 23, 1970(1970-02-23) (aged 81)
Washington, D.C.
EducationCornell University (A.B.)
Harvard Law School (LL.B.)

Education and careerEdit

Born in Rush Center, Kansas, Edgerton received an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Cornell University in 1910, and a Bachelor of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1914. He then entered private practice as an attorney, first in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1914, and then in Boston, Massachusetts from 1915 until 1916. Edgerton was a professor at Cornell Law School from 1916 until 1918, when he returned to private practice in Boston. In 1921, he took a teaching position at the George Washington University Law School until 1928, and then taught at Cornell University until 1937. While at Cornell, Edgerton served as Special Assistant to the United States Attorney General from 1934 until 1935, during Franklin D. Roosevelt's first term as President.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Edgerton was nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on November 26, 1937, to an Associate Justice seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from June 25, 1948) vacated by Associate Justice Duncan Lawrence Groner. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 9, 1937, and received his commission on December 15, 1937. He served as Chief Judge and as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 1955 to 1958. He assumed senior status on April 22, 1963. His service terminated on February 23, 1970, due to his death in Washington, D.C.[1]

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