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U.S. District Court in Florida

U.S. District Judges for Florida, 1821-47 (may be incomplete!)
Eligius Fromentin 1821 Augustus B. Woodward 1824-27 John A. Cameron 1832-38 Isaac H. Bronson 1846-47

U.S. District Judges for the Eastern District of Florida, 1821-22 (may be incomplete!)
William P. Duval 1821-22

U.S. District Judges for the Middle District of Florida, 1962-2017 (may be incomplete!)
William Allan McRae, Jr. 1962-73 John Milton Bryan Simpson 1962-66 George Cressler Young 1962-81 Charles Ray Scott 1966-76 Isaac Benjamin Krentzman, Jr. 1967-82 John Alton Reed, Jr. 1973-84 Howell Webster Melton, Sr. 1977-91 George Carter Carr 1977-90 Susan Harrell Black 1979-92 William John Castagna 1979-92 John Henry Moore II 1981-95 George Kendall Sharp 1983-2000 Ralph Wilson Nimmons, Jr. 1991-2003 Harvey Erwin Schlesinger 1991-2006 Anne C. Conway 1991-2015 Steven Douglas Merryday 1992- Henry Lee Adams, Jr. 1993- Susan C. Bucklew 1993-2004 John Antoon II 2000- John E. Steele 2000-15 James S. Moody, Jr. 2000-14 Timothy J. Corrigan 2002- Virginia Maria Hernandez Covington 2004- Mary Stenson Scriven 2008- Roy Bale Dalton, Jr. 2011- Sheri Polster Chappell 2013- Brian Jordan Davis 2013- Paul Gregory Byron 2014- Carlos Eduardo Mendoza 2014-

Officeholding Events (may be incomplete!)

  • 1973 Jan 27: William Allan McRae, Jr., died in office.
  • 1976 Nov 12: Charles Ray Scott, took senior status.
  • 1981 Oct 19: George Cressler Young, took senior status.
  • 1982 Nov 15: Isaac Benjamin Krentzman, Jr., took senior status.
  • 1984 Dec 31: John Alton Reed, Jr., resigned.
  • 1990 Jan 26: George Carter Carr, died in office.
  • 1991 Feb 1: Howell Webster Melton, Sr., took senior status.
  • 1992 Jun 29: William John Castagna, took senior status.
  • 1995 Dec 31: John Henry Moore II, took senior status.
  • 2000 Jan 1: George Kendall Sharp, took senior status.
  • 2003 Nov 24: Ralph Wilson Nimmons, Jr., died in office.
  • 2006 Jun 5: Harvey Erwin Schlesinger, took senior status.
  • 2014 Mar 31: James S. Moody, Jr., took senior status.
  • 2015 Jun 3: John E. Steele, took senior status.
  • 2015 Aug 1: Anne C. Conway, took senior status.

    U.S. District Judges for the Northern District of Florida, 1847-2017 (may be incomplete!)
    Isaac H. Bronson 1847-55 McQueen McIntosh 1856-61 Philip Fraser 1862-76 Thomas Settle 1877-88 Charles Swayne 1889-1907 William B. Sheppard 1907-34 Augustus V. Long 1934-47 Curtis Longino Waller 1940-43 Dozier Adolphus DeVane 1943-58 George William Whitehurst 1950-61 George Cressler Young 1961-66 Winston E. Arnow 1967-81 David Lycurgus Middlebrooks, Jr. 1969-74 William Henry Stafford, Jr. 1975-96 Lynn Carlton Higby 1979-83 Maurice Mitchell Paul 1982-97 Lacey A. Collier 1991-2003 Stephan P. Mickle 1998-2011 John Richard Smoak, Jr. 2005-15 Mark Eaton Walker 2012-

    Officeholding Events (may be incomplete!)

  • 1855 Aug 13: Isaac H. Bronson, died in office.
  • 1861 Jan 3: McQueen McIntosh, resigned.
  • 1876 Jul 26: Philip Fraser, died in office.
  • 1888 Dec 1: Thomas Settle, died in office.
  • 1907 Jul 5: Charles Swayne, died in office.
  • 1934 Apr 21: William B. Sheppard, died in office.
  • 1947 Oct 1: Augustus V. Long, took senior status.
  • 1958 Jan 31: Dozier Adolphus DeVane, took senior status.
  • 1961 Jun 30: George William Whitehurst, took senior status.
  • 1974 Aug 1: David Lycurgus Middlebrooks, Jr., resigned.
  • 1981 Mar 14: Winston E. Arnow, took senior status.
  • 1983 Jan 3: Lynn Carlton Higby, resigned.
  • 1996 May 31: William Henry Stafford, Jr., took senior status.
  • 1997 Jul 31: Maurice Mitchell Paul, took senior status.
  • 2003 Nov 20: Lacey A. Collier, took senior status.
  • 2011 Jun 22: Stephan P. Mickle, took senior status.
  • 2015 Dec 31: John Richard Smoak, Jr., took senior status.

    U.S. District Judges for the Southern District of Florida, 1847-2017 (may be incomplete!)
    William Marvin 1847-63 Thomas J. Boynton 1864-70 John McKinney 1870-71 James William Locke 1872-1912 John M. Cheney 1912 Rhydon M. Call 1913 Lake Jones 1924- Alexander Akerman 1929-39 Halsted Lockwood Ritter 1929-36 Louie W. Strum 1931-50 William J. Barker 1940-59 Curtis Longino Waller 1940-43 Dozier Adolphus DeVane 1943-47 George William Whitehurst 1950-61 John Milton Bryan Simpson 1950-62 Emett C. Choate 1954-65 William Allan McRae, Jr. 1961-62 David William Dyer 1961-66 George Cressler Young 1961-66 Charles Britton Fulton 1963-78 William Osborne Mehrtens 1965-75 C. Clyde Atkins 1966-99 Ted Cabot 1966-71 Joseph Oscar Eaton 1967-85 Norman Charles Roettger, Jr. 1972-97 Sidney M. Aronovitz 1976-88 Alcee L. Hastings 1979-89 Edward Bertrand Davis 1979-2000 James Carriger Paine 1979-92 Eugene P. Spellman 1979-91 Lenore Carrero Nesbitt 1983 Stanley Marcus 1985-97 Thomas Emerson Scott, Jr. 1985-90 Federico A. Moreno 1990- Shelby Highsmith 1991-2002 K. Michael Moore 1992- Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. 1993-2003 Donald M. Middlebrooks 1997- William P. Dimitrouleas 1998- Patricia A. Seitz 1998-2012 Kenneth A. Marra 2002-17 Jose E. Martinez 2002- Cecilia M. Altonaga 2003- James I. Cohn 2003-16 Marcia G. Cooke 2004- Robert Nichols Scola, Jr. 2011- Beth Francine Bloom 2014-

    Officeholding Events (may be incomplete!)

  • 1863 Jul 1: William Marvin, resigned.
  • 1870 Jan 1: Thomas J. Boynton, resigned.
  • 1871 Oct 12: John McKinney, died in office.
  • 1912 Jul 4: James William Locke, retired.
  • 1936 Apr 17: Halsted Lockwood Ritter, removed.
  • 1939 Oct 8: Alexander Akerman, took senior status.
  • 1959 Apr 20: William J. Barker, took senior status.
  • 1961 Jun 30: George William Whitehurst, took senior status.
  • 1965 Jan 31: Emett C. Choate, took senior status.
  • 1971 Dec 4: Ted Cabot, died in office.
  • 1975 Sep 15: William Osborne Mehrtens, took senior status.
  • 1978 Jun 30: Charles Britton Fulton, took senior status.
  • 1985 Apr 2: Joseph Oscar Eaton, took senior status.
  • 1988 Oct 31: Sidney M. Aronovitz, took senior status.
  • 1990 Oct 31: Thomas Emerson Scott, Jr., resigned.
  • 1991 May 4: Eugene P. Spellman, died in office.
  • 1992 May 20: James Carriger Paine, took senior status.
  • 1997 Jun 17: Norman Charles Roettger, Jr., took senior status.
  • 1999 Mar 11: C. Clyde Atkins, died in office.
  • 2000 Jun 30: Edward Bertrand Davis, retired.
  • 2002 Mar 15: Shelby Highsmith, took senior status.
  • 2003 Jun 9: Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr., died in office.
  • 2012 Nov 16: Patricia A. Seitz, took senior status.
  • 2016 Aug 5: James I. Cohn, took senior status.
  • 2017 Aug 1: Kenneth A. Marra, took senior status.
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