Wesley E. Brown

Wesley E. Brown
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Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas
In office
September 1, 1979 – January 23, 2012
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas
In office
1971–1977
Preceded byArthur Jehu Stanley Jr.
Succeeded byFrank Gordon Theis
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas
In office
April 4, 1962 – September 1, 1979
Appointed byJohn F. Kennedy
Preceded byDelmas Carl Hill
Succeeded byPatrick F. Kelly
Personal details
BornWesley Ernest Brown
(1907-06-22)June 22, 1907
Hutchinson, Kansas
DiedJanuary 23, 2012(2012-01-23) (aged 104)
Wichita, Kansas
EducationKansas City School of Law (LL.B.)

Wesley Ernest Brown (June 22, 1907 – January 23, 2012) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. At his death at age 104, he was the oldest person to serve as a federal judge in the history of the United States, actively hearing cases until approximately one month before his death.

Education and career[]

Born on June 22, 1907, in Hutchinson, Kansas, to Morrison (Morey) Houston Heady Brown and Julia Elizabeth Wesley Brown,[1] Brown received a Bachelor of Laws in 1933 from the Kansas City School of Law (now the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law). He entered private practice in Hutchinson from 1933 to 1944, concurrently serving as county attorney of Reno County, Kansas from 1935 to 1939. He was the secretary of corporation and an attorney for Aircraft Woodwork Manufacturers from 1942 to 1944. He served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946. He returned to private practice in Hutchinson from 1946 to 1958.[2][3]

Federal judicial service[]

Brown served as a Referee in Bankruptcy for the District of Kansas from 1958 to 1962.[3]

Brown was nominated by President John F. Kennedy on March 8, 1962, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Kansas vacated by Judge Delmas Carl Hill. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 2, 1962, and received his commission on April 4, 1962. He served as Chief Judge from 1971 to 1977 and as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 1976 to 1979. He assumed senior status on September 1, 1979. He served as a Judge of the Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals from 1980 to 1993.[3] His service terminated on January 23, 2012, due to his death at an assisted living facility in Wichita, Kansas.[2] Brown had passed Judge Joseph William Woodrough in August 2011 to become the oldest person to serve as a federal judge in the history of the United States, a distinction he retains as of October 2018. He had continued to hear cases until approximately one month prior to his death, though he discontinued hearing criminal cases in March 2011.[4][5][6]

References[]

  1. ^ "Text of H. Res. 512 (110th): Honoring and commending the Honorable Wesley E. Brown, United States District Court Judge for the..." GovTrack. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Sylvester, Ron (January 24, 2012). "Federal judge Wesley Brown dies at age 104 in Wichita". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Wesley Ernest Brown at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  4. ^ Sulzberger, A.G. (January 25, 2012). "Wesley E. Brown, Oldest Judge in Nation's History, Dies at 104". The New York Times. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  5. ^ Sulzberger, A.G. (September 16, 2010). "At 103, a Judge Has One Caveat: No Lengthy Trials". The New York Times. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  6. ^ Hegeman, Roxana (April 10, 2011). "Federal Judge, 103, still hearing federal cases". Associated Press. Archived from the original on April 13, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2011.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Delmas Carl Hill
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas
1962–1979
Succeeded by
Patrick F. Kelly
Preceded by
Arthur Jehu Stanley Jr.
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas
1971–1977
Succeeded by
Frank Gordon Theis