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John Stokes (North Carolina)

John Stokes (March 20, 1756 – October 12, 1790) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of North Carolina.

John Stokes
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of North Carolina
In office
August 3, 1790 – October 12, 1790
Appointed byGeorge Washington
Preceded bySeat established by 1 Stat. 126
Succeeded byJohn Sitgreaves
Personal details
Born
John Stokes

(1756-03-20)March 20, 1756
Colony of Virginia,
British America
DiedOctober 12, 1790(1790-10-12) (aged 34)

Education and careerEdit

Born on March 20, 1756, in the Colony of Virginia, British America, Stokes served as a captain in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, from 1778 to 1783. He was a state's attorney for Rowan County, North Carolina in 1784. He was a teacher of law in Rowan County from 1784 to 1785. He was a member of the North Carolina Senate from Montgomery County from 1786 to 1787. He was in private practice in Rowan County starting in 1787. He was a member of the North Carolina House of Commons (now the North Carolina House of Representatives) in 1789. He was a member of the North Carolina convention to ratify the United States Constitution in 1789, which was ultimately ratified by a subsequent convention in 1790.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Stokes was nominated by President George Washington on August 2, 1790, to the United States District Court for the District of North Carolina, to a new seat authorized by 1 Stat. 126. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 3, 1790, and received his commission the same day. His service terminated on October 12, 1790, due to his death.[1]

HonorEdit

Stokes County, North Carolina is named for Stokes.[citation needed]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 1 Stat. 126
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of North Carolina
1790
Succeeded by
John Sitgreaves