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John Feikens (December 3, 1917 – May 15, 2011) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

John Feikens
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
In office
March 1, 1986 – May 15, 2011
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
In office
1979–1986
Preceded byCornelia Groefsema Kennedy
Succeeded byPhilip Pratt
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
In office
December 1, 1970 – March 1, 1986
Appointed byRichard Nixon
Preceded bySeat established by 84 Stat. 294
Succeeded byPaul V. Gadola
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
In office
October 13, 1960 – September 27, 1961
Appointed byDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byClifford Patrick O'Sullivan
Succeeded byStephen John Roth
Personal details
Born
John Feikens

(1917-12-03)December 3, 1917
Clifton, New Jersey
DiedMay 15, 2011(2011-05-15) (aged 93)
Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
EducationCalvin College (B.A.)
University of Michigan Law School (J.D.)

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Education and careerEdit

Born December 3, 1917, in Clifton, New Jersey, Feikens received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1939 from Calvin College and a Juris Doctor in 1941 from the University of Michigan Law School. He worked for the priorities and war allocations department of the Detrex Corporation in Detroit, Michigan from 1942 to 1946. He was in private practice in Detroit from 1946 to 1960 an from 1961 to 1970.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Feikens received a recess appointment from President Dwight D. Eisenhower on October 13, 1960, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan vacated by Judge Clifford Patrick O`Sullivan. He was nominated to the same position by President Eisenhower on January 10, 1961. His service was terminated on September 27, 1961, after his nomination was not confirmed by the United States Senate. A previous nomination by President Eisenhower on June 10, 1960, expired without action by the Senate, prior to his recess appointment.[1]

Feikens was nominated by President Richard Nixon on October 7, 1970, to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, to a new seat authorized by 84 Stat. 294. He was confirmed by the Senate on November 25, 1970, and received his commission on December 1, 1970. He served as Chief Judge from 1979 to 1986. He assumed senior status on March 1, 1986.[1] His service terminated on May 15, 2011, due to his death in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan.[2]

Professional associations, civic and other activitiesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c John Feikens at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ Snell, Robert (16 May 2011). "Detroit federal judge John Feikens dies at 93". Associated Press. Retrieved 30 July 2013.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Owen Cleary
Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party
1953–1957
Succeeded by
Lawrence Lindemer
Legal offices
Preceded by
Clifford Patrick O'Sullivan
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
1960–1961
Succeeded by
Stephen John Roth
Preceded by
Seat established by 84 Stat. 294
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
1970–1986
Succeeded by
Paul V. Gadola
Preceded by
Cornelia Groefsema Kennedy
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
1979–1986
Succeeded by
Philip Pratt