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Edward James Devitt

Biography of Edward James Devitt

Biographic Details

  • Family Name (Surname): Devitt
  • First Name: Edward
  • Middle Name: James
  • Date of Birth: May , 5 , 1911
  • Place of Birth (POB): St. Paul , Minnesota (US-MN, MN, 27, Minn., Mn.)
  • Date of Death: March , 2 , 1992
  • Place of Death (POD): St. Paul , Minnesota (US-MN, MN, 27, Minn., Mn.)
  • Gender Identity: Male
  • Race or Ethnicity: White

Edward James Devitt Court Service Information

  • Court Name: United States District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Court Type: United States District Court
  • Appointment under the Presidency of: Dwight D. Eisenhower ( Republican )
  • Judge Nomination vote date (as recorded in the Senate Executive Journal): 01/10/1955
  • Judicial Recess Appointment date: 12/10/1954
  • Seat vacated by: Joyce , Matthew M.
  • Referral of Nominations to Judiciary Committee Date: 01/10/1955
  • Committee action: Reported With Recommendation
  • Committee action date: 02/01/1955
  • Senate voice vote?: Yes
  • Senate vote Date (Confirmation Date): 02/04/1955
  • Commission Date: 02/07/1955
  • Date of Service as Chief Judge (begin): 1959
  • Termination of Service as Chief Judge (Date): 1981
  • Retirement from Active Service: 05/01/1981
  • Date of Termination: 03/02/1992
  • Termination of function of Judge (specific reason): Death

Edward James Devitt in the Law School

  • Name of School: University of North Dakota School of Law
  • Degree: Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)
  • Law Degree Year: 1935

Second Law School Attendance

  • Law Degree (Name of School): University of North Dakota
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Law Degree Year: 1938

Edward James Devitt Career Path


  • Private practice, East Grand Forks, Minnesota, 1935-1939
  • Judge, Minnesota Municipal Court, 1935-1939
  • Assistant attorney general, State of Minnesota, 1939-1942
  • U.S. Naval Reserve lieutenant commander, 1942-1946
  • U.S. representative from Minnesota, 1947-1949
  • Private practice, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1949-1950
  • Judge, Ramsey County [Minnesota] Probate Court, 1950-1954
  • Nominated to U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, November 16, 1954; no Senate vote


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