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William James Wallace

William James Wallace (April 14, 1837 – March 11, 1917) was a federal judge in the United States.

William Wallace
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Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
In office
June 16, 1891 – May 8, 1907
Preceded byCourt established
Succeeded byHenry Galbraith Ward
Judge of the United States Circuit Court for the Second Circuit
In office
April 6, 1882 – May 8, 1907
Appointed byChester A. Arthur
Preceded bySamuel Blatchford
Succeeded byHenry Galbraith Ward
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
In office
April 7, 1874 – April 6, 1882
Appointed byUlysses S. Grant
Preceded byNathan Hall
Succeeded byAlfred Coxe
Personal details
Born(1837-04-14)April 14, 1837
Syracuse, New York
DiedMarch 11, 1917(1917-03-11) (aged 79)
Jacksonville, Florida
Political partyRepublican
EducationSyracuse University
Hamilton College, New York (LL.B.)

A native of Syracuse, New York, Wallace attended Syracuse University and obtained a law degree from Hamilton College. He spent 15 years as a lawyer in private practice in Syracuse before serving as mayor of that city in 1873–74.

In 1874, President Ulysses S. Grant appointed Wallace as a judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. In 1882, President Chester A. Arthur promoted Wallace to the United States Circuit Court for the Second Circuit in New York. In 1891, the Evarts Act converted Wallace's judgeship to a position on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Wallace retired from the Second Circuit in 1907 and returned to private practice in Syracuse until his death ten years later.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Nathan Hall
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
1874–1882
Succeeded by
Alfred Coxe
Preceded by
Samuel Blatchford
Judge of the United States Circuit Court for the Second Circuit
1882–1907
Henry Ward
New seat Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
1891–1907
Succeeded by
Henry Galbraith Ward