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Edward Devitt
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
In office
May 1, 1981 – March 2, 1992
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
In office
Preceded byGunnar Nordbye
Succeeded byMiles Lord
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
In office
December 10, 1954 – May 1, 1981
Appointed byDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byMatthew M. Joyce
Succeeded byPaul A. Magnuson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949
Preceded byFrank Starkey
Succeeded byEugene McCarthy
Personal details
Edward James Devitt

(1911-05-05)May 5, 1911
Saint Paul, Minnesota
DiedMarch 2, 1992(1992-03-02) (aged 80)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of North Dakota (B.S.)
University of North Dakota School of Law (LL.B.)

Edward James Devitt (May 5, 1911 – March 2, 1992) was a United States Representative from Minnesota and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Education and career

Born in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, Devitt graduated from St. John's College Preparatory High School in Collegeville, Minnesota in 1930, and attended St. John's University from 1930 to 1932 before receiving a Bachelor of Laws from the University of North Dakota School of Law in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1935, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Dakota in 1938. Devitt was in private practice in East Grand Fords, Minnesota from 1935 to 1939, serving at the same time as a municipal judge of the Minnesota Municipal Court in East Grand Forks. He was an assistant state attorney general of Minnesota from 1939 to 1942. He served in the United States Naval Reserve during World War II as a Lieutenant Commander from 1942 to 1946.[1]

Congressional service

Devitt was elected as a Republican to the 80th congress (January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949). He was unsuccessful in his bid for reelection to the 81st congress in 1948. Following his departure from Congress, he returned to private practice in Saint Paul from 1949 to 1950. He then served as a Judge of the Minnesota Probate Court for Ramsey County, Minnesota from 1950 to 1954.[2]

Federal judicial service

On December 10, 1954, Devitt received a recess appointment from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota vacated by Judge Matthew M. Joyce. Formally nominated to the same seat by President Eisenhower on January 10, 1955, Devitt was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 4, 1955, and received his commission on February 7, 1955. He served as Chief Judge from 1959 to 1981, assuming senior status on May 1, 1981. He served as a Board Member of the Federal Judicial Center from 1968 to 1971. He served as a Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court from 1985 to 1992. Devitt remained in senior status until his death, in Saint Paul on March 2, 1992.[1]


The American Judicature Society has awarded the Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award each year since 1983 to an Article III judge.[citation needed] The first recipient was Albert Branson Maris.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ a b Edward James Devitt at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ United States Congress. "Edward Devitt (id: D000280)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

External links

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frank Starkey
United States Representative from Minnesota's 4th congressional district
Succeeded by
Eugene McCarthy
Legal offices
Preceded by
Matthew M. Joyce
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
Succeeded by
Paul A. Magnuson
Preceded by
Gunnar Nordbye
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
Succeeded by
Miles Lord
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