John William Ditter Jr.

John William Ditter Jr. (October 19, 1921 – April 7, 2019) was a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

John William Ditter Jr.
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
In office
October 19, 1986 – April 7, 2019
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
In office
October 15, 1970 – October 19, 1986
Appointed byRichard Nixon
Preceded bySeat established by 84 Stat. 294
Succeeded byRobert S. Gawthrop III
Personal details
Born(1921-10-19)October 19, 1921
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedApril 7, 2019(2019-04-07) (aged 97)
Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania
EducationUrsinus College (B.A.)
University of Pennsylvania Law School (LL.B.)

Education and careerEdit

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Congressman J. William Ditter, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ursinus College in 1943 and served as a captain in the United States Naval Reserve during World War II, from 1943 to 1946. He then received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1948. He worked as a law clerk for the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania from 1948 to 1950, and as an assistant district attorney of Montgomery County in 1951. He returned to the United States Naval Reserve from 1951 to 1953, and was again a Montgomery County assistant district attorney from 1953 to 1955, and a first assistant district attorney there from 1956 to 1960. He also maintained a private practice in Ambler, Pennsylvania from 1953 to 1963. He was a judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County from 1964 to 1970.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

On September 28, 1970, Ditter was nominated by President Richard Nixon to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania created by 84 Stat. 294. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 8, 1970, and received his commission on October 15, 1970.

Judge Ditter assumed senior status on October 19, 1986 and continued to serve as senior judge until his death on April 7, 2019.[1][2]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 84 Stat. 294
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
1970–1986
Succeeded by
Robert S. Gawthrop III