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John Bruce (February 16, 1832 – October 1, 1901) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.

John Bruce
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
In office
February 27, 1875 – October 1, 1901
Appointed byUlysses S. Grant
Preceded byRichard Busteed
Succeeded byThomas G. Jones
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
In office
February 27, 1875 – August 2, 1886
Appointed byUlysses S. Grant
Preceded byRichard Busteed
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
In office
1872-1874
Personal details
Born
John Bruce

(1832-02-16)February 16, 1832
Stirlingshire, Scotland
DiedOctober 1, 1901(1901-10-01) (aged 69)
Walters Park, Pennsylvania
EducationFranklin College (A.B.)
read law

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Education and careerEdit

Born in Stirlingshire, Scotland, Bruce received an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Franklin College in New Athens, Ohio in 1854 and read law to enter the bar in 1856. He was in private practice in Keokuk, Iowa from 1856 to 1862. He was in the United States Army during the American Civil War from 1862 to 1865. He was a farmer in Prairie Bluff, Alabama from 1866 to 1872, serving as a member of the Alabama House of Representatives from 1872 to 1874.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Bruce was nominated by President Ulysses S. Grant on February 23, 1875, to a joint seat on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama vacated by Judge Richard Busteed. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 27, 1875, and received his commission the same day. He was reassigned to serve only in the Middle District and Northern District on August 2, 1886. His service terminated on October 1, 1901, due to his death in Walters Park,[Note 1] Pennsylvania.[1]

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  1. ^ Walters Park was the name of a long defunct sanitarium near Wernersville.

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