Rufus Edward Foster

Rufus Edward Foster (May 22, 1871 – August 23, 1942) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and previously was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Rufus Edward Foster
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Foster pictured in The Jambalaya 1921, Tulane yearbook
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
In office
January 13, 1925 – August 23, 1942
Appointed byCalvin Coolidge
Preceded byAlexander Campbell King
Succeeded byElmo Pearce Lee
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
In office
February 2, 1909 – January 13, 1925
Appointed byTheodore Roosevelt
Preceded byEugene Davis Saunders
Succeeded byCharlton Reid Beattie
Personal details
Born
Rufus Edward Foster

(1871-05-22)May 22, 1871
Mathews County, Virginia
DiedAugust 23, 1942(1942-08-23) (aged 71)
EducationTulane University Law School (LL.B.)

Education and careerEdit

Born in Mathews County, Virginia, Foster received a Bachelor of Laws from Tulane University Law School in 1895. He was in the United States Army as a Lieutenant from 1898 to 1899. He was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana from 1905 to 1908. He was the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana in 1908. He was a Professor of Law for the Tulane University Law School from 1912 to 1927, and Dean of that institution from 1920 to 1927.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Foster was nominated by President Theodore Roosevelt on January 22, 1909, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana vacated by Judge Eugene Davis Saunders. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 2, 1909, and received his commission the same day. His service terminated on January 13, 1925, due to his elevation to the Fifth Circuit.[1]

Foster was nominated by President Calvin Coolidge on January 3, 1925, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated by Judge Alexander Campbell King. He was confirmed by the Senate on January 13, 1925, and received his commission the same day. He was a member of the Conference of Senior Circuit Judges (now the Judicial Conference of the United States) from 1935 to 1941. His service terminated on August 23, 1942, due to his death.[1]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Eugene Davis Saunders
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
1909–1925
Succeeded by
Charlton Reid Beattie
Preceded by
Alexander Campbell King
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
1925–1942
Succeeded by
Elmo Pearce Lee