Alfred P. Murrah

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Alfred P. Murrah
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Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
In office
May 1, 1970 – October 30, 1975
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
In office
1959–1970
Preceded bySam G. Bratton
Succeeded byDavid Thomas Lewis
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
In office
September 4, 1940 – May 1, 1970
Appointed byFranklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded byRobert E. Lewis
Succeeded byWilliam Edward Doyle
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
In office
March 3, 1937 – September 9, 1940
Appointed byFranklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded bySeat established by 49 Stat. 1804
Succeeded byBower Slack Broaddus
Personal details
Born
Alfred Paul Murrah

(1904-10-27)October 27, 1904
Tishomingo, Indian Territory
DiedOctober 30, 1975(1975-10-30) (aged 71)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
EducationUniversity of Oklahoma College of Law (LL.B.)

Alfred Paul Murrah (October 27, 1904 – October 30, 1975) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and previously was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma and the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.

Education and career[edit]

Born on October 27, 1904, in Tishomingo, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), Murrah received a Bachelor of Laws in 1928 from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He entered private practice in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from 1928 to 1929, then continued his practice in Seminole, Oklahoma and Oklahoma City from 1929 to 1937.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Murrah was nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 8, 1937, to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma and the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, to a new joint seat authorized by 49 Stat. 1804. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 25, 1937, and received his commission on March 3, 1937. His service terminated on September 9, 1940, due to his elevation to the Tenth Circuit.[1]

Murrah was nominated by President Roosevelt on August 5, 1940, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit vacated by Judge Robert E. Lewis. He was confirmed by the Senate on August 29, 1940, and received his commission on September 4, 1940. He served as Chief Judge and as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 1959 to 1970. He served as the Chair of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation from 1968 to 1975. He assumed senior status on May 1, 1970. He was the last appeals court judge who continued to serve in active service appointed by President Roosevelt. He served as Director of the Federal Judicial Center from 1970 to 1974. His service terminated on October 30, 1975, due to his death in Oklahoma City.[1]

Federal building[edit]

Murrah was the namesake of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, a federal office complex which was destroyed in the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Alfred Paul Murrah at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ "Architect Says Bombed OK Building was Solidly Built". Transcript # 635-35, 7:07 pm ET, Interview by Linden Soles with Wendell Locke. CNN. April 19, 1995.

Sources[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 49 Stat. 1804
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

1937–1940
Succeeded by
Bower Slack Broaddus
Preceded by
Robert E. Lewis
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
1940–1970
Succeeded by
William Edward Doyle
Preceded by
Sam G. Bratton
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
1959–1970
Succeeded by
David Thomas Lewis