Raymond Clyne McNichols

Raymond Clyne McNichols (June 16, 1914 – December 25, 1985) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho.

Ray McNichols
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
In office
July 1, 1981 – December 25, 1985
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
In office
1971–1981
Preceded byFredrick Monroe Taylor
Succeeded byMarion Jones Callister
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
In office
May 1, 1964 – July 1, 1981
Appointed byLyndon B. Johnson
Preceded byChase A. Clark
Succeeded byHarold Lyman Ryan
Personal details
Born
Raymond Clyne McNichols

(1914-06-16)June 16, 1914
Bonners Ferry, Idaho
DiedDecember 25, 1985(1985-12-25) (aged 71)
Boise, Idaho
Resting placeMorris Hill Cemetery
Boise, Idaho
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Idaho College of Law (LL.B.)

Education and careerEdit

Born in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and raised in Lewiston, McNichols was in the United States Navy during World War II, from 1942 to 1947. He attended the University of Idaho in Moscow and received a Bachelor of Laws from its College of Law in 1950. He was in private practice in Orofino in Clearwater County, Idaho from 1950 to 1964. He was a member of the Democratic Party.[1][2]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

On April 15, 1964, McNichols was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Idaho vacated by the retirement of Judge Chase A. Clark.[3] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 30 and received his commission on May 1, 1964. McNichols served as Chief Judge from 1971 to 1981, and assumed senior status on July 1, 1981, and served in that capacity for over four years, until his death.[4]

FamilyEdit

McNichols' younger brother Robert James McNichols (1922–1992) was also a federal judge, in Spokane, Washington.[5][6] During Robert's investiture to the federal bench in January 1980, the elder brother swore the younger in.[7]

DeathEdit

McNichols suffered a heart attack at his Boise home on Christmas Day in 1985, and died at age 71 at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Boise.[8] He and his wife, Mary Kay Riley McNichols (1914–1991), are buried at Morris Hill Cemetery in Boise. They had two children.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Two Democratic leaders fight for Idaho control". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. April 21, 1952. p. 5.
  2. ^ "Democrats in Idaho head for Lewiston". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. April 20, 1956. p. a3.
  3. ^ Hewlett, Frank (April 16, 1964). "McNichols of Orofino nominated". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 1.
  4. ^ Raymond Clyne McNichols at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  5. ^ "A tale of two judges, brothers under robes". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. July 11, 1981. p. 3.
  6. ^ "Judge takes over case from brother who died". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. June 5, 1986. p. A12.
  7. ^ Sallquist, Bill (January 5, 1980). "McNichols on federal bench". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). p. 3.
  8. ^ "Idaho's federal judge Ray McNichols dies". Spokane Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. December 26, 1985. p. A3.
  9. ^ "Ray McNichols gets into print". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). February 6, 1965. p. 3.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Chase A. Clark
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
1964–1981
Succeeded by
Harold Lyman Ryan
Preceded by
Fredrick Monroe Taylor
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
1971–1981
Succeeded by
Marion Jones Callister