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U.S. District Court in Virginia

U.S. District Judges for Virginia, 1789-1819 (may be incomplete!)
Nathaniel Pendleton 1789-96 Cyrus Griffin 1789-1810 St. George Tucker 1813-19

Officeholding Events (may be incomplete!)

  • 1810 Dec 14: Cyrus Griffin, died in office.

    U.S. District Judges for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1819-2017 (may be incomplete!)
    St. George Tucker 1819-25 Philip Pendleton Barbour 1830-36 Peter Vivian Daniel 1836-41 John Y. Mason 1841-44 James Dandridge Halyburton 1844-61 Robert William Hughes 1874-98 Edmund Waddill, Jr. 1908-21 D. Lawrence Groner 1921-31 Luther B. Way 1931-43 Robert Nelson Pollard 1936-47 Sterling Hutcheson 1944-59 Albert V. Bryan 1947-61 John D. Butzner, Jr. 1962-67 Richard Boykin Kellam 1967-81 John Ashton MacKenzie 1967-85 Robert Reynold Merhige, Jr. 1967-86 Albert V. Bryan, Jr. 1971-91 D. Dortch Warriner 1974-86 J. Calvitt Clarke, Jr. 1974-91 Richard Leroy Williams 1980-92 James Chris Cacheris 1981-98 James Randolph Spencer 1986-2014 Thomas Selby Ellis III 1987-2007 Rebecca Beach Smith 1989- Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. 1992-2004 Leonie M. Brinkema 1993- James Chris Cacheris 1998- Mark Steven Davis 2008- Arenda Lauretta Wright Allen 2011-

    Officeholding Events (may be incomplete!)

  • 1825 Jun 30: St. George Tucker, resigned.
  • 1844 Mar 23: John Y. Mason, resigned.
  • 1861 Apr 24: James Dandridge Halyburton, resigned.
  • 1898 Feb 22: Robert William Hughes, retired.
  • 1943 Oct 23: Luther B. Way, died in office.
  • 1947 Apr 22: Robert Nelson Pollard, took senior status.
  • 1959 Sep 1: Sterling Hutcheson, took senior status.
  • 1981 May 30: Richard Boykin Kellam, took senior status.
  • 1985 Nov 30: John Ashton MacKenzie, took senior status.
  • 1986 Mar 17: D. Dortch Warriner, died in office.
  • 1986 Nov 30: Robert Reynold Merhige, Jr., took senior status.
  • 1991 Jul 31: J. Calvitt Clarke, Jr., took senior status.
  • 1991 Dec 1: Albert V. Bryan, Jr., took senior status.
  • 1992 May 1: Richard Leroy Williams, took senior status.
  • 2004 Feb 8: Henry Coke Morgan, Jr., took senior status.
  • 2007 Apr 1: Thomas Selby Ellis III, took senior status.
  • 2014 Mar 25: James Randolph Spencer, took senior status.

    U.S. District Judges for the Northern District of Virginia, 1901-05 (may be incomplete!)
    John Jay Jackson, Jr. 1901-05

    U.S. District Judges for the Western District of Virginia, 1819-2017 (may be incomplete!)
    John G. Jackson 1819-25 Philip C. Pendleton 1825 Alexander Caldwell 1825-39 John White Brockenbrough 1846-61 John Jay Jackson, Jr. 1861-64 Alexander Rives 1871-82 John Paul 1883-1901 Henry Clay McDowell 1901-31 Floyd H. Roberts 1938-39 Alfred Dickinson Barksdale 1939-57 Ted Dalton 1959-76 Thomas Johnson Michie 1961-73 Hiram Emory Widener, Jr. 1969-72 James C. Turk 1972-2002 J. Harry Michael, Jr. 1980-95 Norman K. Moon 1997-2010 Glen Edward Conrad 2003- Elizabeth Kay Dillon 2014-

    Officeholding Events (may be incomplete!)

  • 1825 Mar 28: John G. Jackson, died in office.
  • 1825 Jul 29: Philip C. Pendleton, resigned.
  • 1839 Apr 1: Alexander Caldwell, died in office.
  • 1861 May 4: John White Brockenbrough, resigned.
  • 1882 Aug 1: Alexander Rives, retired.
  • 1931 Sep 1: Henry Clay McDowell, took senior status.
  • 1957 Aug 1: Alfred Dickinson Barksdale, took senior status.
  • 1973 Apr 9: Thomas Johnson Michie, died in office.
  • 1995 Oct 31: J. Harry Michael, Jr., took senior status.
  • 2002 Nov 1: James C. Turk, took senior status.
  • 2010 Jul 1: Norman K. Moon, took senior status.
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