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Dennis Raymond Knapp

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Dennis Raymond Knapp
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
In office
February 25, 1983 – December 25, 1998
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
In office
Preceded bySidney Lee Christie
Succeeded byCharles Harold Haden II
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
In office
December 18, 1970 – February 25, 1983
Appointed byRichard Nixon
Preceded bySeat established by 84 Stat. 294
Succeeded byElizabeth Virginia Hallanan
Personal details
Dennis Raymond Knapp

(1912-05-13)May 13, 1912
Bee, West Virginia
DiedDecember 25, 1998(1998-12-25) (aged 86)
South Charleston, West Virginia
EducationWest Virginia University Institute of Technology (A.B.)
West Virginia University (M.A.)
West Virginia University College of Law (LL.B.)

Dennis Raymond Knapp (May 13, 1912 – December 25, 1998) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Education and career

Born in Bee,[Bee 1] West Virginia, Knapp received an Artium Baccalaureus degree from West Virginia University Institute of Technology in 1932, a Master of Arts from West Virginia University in 1934, and a Bachelor of Laws from West Virginia University College of Law in 1940. He was in private practice in Nitro, West Virginia from 1940 to 1942. He was an attorney for the United States War Department from 1942 to 1944. He was in the United States Army as a Sergeant from 1944 to 1946. He was in private practice in Nitro from 1946 to 1956. He was city attorney of Nitro from 1948 to 1956. He was a judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Kanawha County, West Virginia from 1957 to 1970.[1]

  1. ^ Bee was a small community, now defunct, in Putnam County, West Virginia.[citation needed]

Federal judicial service

On December 8, 1970, Knapp was nominated by President Richard Nixon to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia created by 84 Stat. 294. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 16, 1970, and received his commission on December 18, 1970. He served as Chief Judge from 1973 to 1982. He assumed senior status on February 25, 1983, and served in that capacity until his death on December 25, 1998, in South Charleston, West Virginia.[1]



Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 84 Stat. 294
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Virginia Hallanan
Preceded by
Sidney Lee Christie
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
Succeeded by
Charles Harold Haden II
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