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Franklin Van Antwerpen

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Franklin S. Van Antwerpen
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
October 23, 2006 – July 25, 2016
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
May 24, 2004 – October 23, 2006
Appointed byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byEdward R. Becker
Succeeded byThomas I. Vanaskie
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
In office
December 9, 1987 – June 1, 2004
Appointed byRonald Reagan
Preceded byAlfred Leopold Luongo
Succeeded byThomas M. Golden
Personal details
Franklin Stuart Van Antwerpen

(1941-10-23)October 23, 1941
Passaic, New Jersey
DiedJuly 25, 2016(2016-07-25) (aged 74)
Palmer Township, Pennsylvania
EducationUniversity of Maine (BS)
Temple University Beasley School of Law (JD)

Franklin Stuart Van Antwerpen (October 23, 1941 – July 25, 2016) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He assumed senior status on October 23, 2006, on his 65th birthday, serving in that status until his death.

Early life and education

Born in Passaic, New Jersey,[1] he attended Newark Academy, graduating in 1960.[2] Van Antwerpen studied at the University of Maine, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree. He earned a Juris Doctor at the Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Professional career

Van Antwerpen was contracts counsel for the Hazeltine Corporation in New York City from 1967 to 1970. He was chief counsel for the Northampton County Legal Aid Society in Easton, Pennsylvania from 1970 to 1971. He was in private practice of law in Easton from 1971 to 1979. He was a judge of the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas in Easton from 1979 to 1987.

Federal judicial service

Van Antwerpen was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on September 11, 1987, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania vacated by Judge Alfred Leopold Luongo. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 8, 1987, and received his commission on December 9, 1987. His service was terminated on June 1, 2004, due to elevation to the Third Circuit.[1] He was succeeded by Judge Thomas M. Golden.

On September 11, 1991, President George H. W. Bush nominated Van Antwerpen to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.[3] However, Van Antwerpen's nomination languished in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and it expired with the end of Bush's presidency. President Bill Clinton chose not to renominate Van Antwerpen to the Third Circuit.

Van Antwerpen was nominated by President George W. Bush on November 21, 2003, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated by Judge Edward R. Becker. He was confirmed[4] 96-0 by the Senate on May 20, 2004, and received his commission on May 24, 2004. "It's happened. We did it. And wow!" Van Antwerpen told a local newspaper after his confirmation vote.[5] He assumed senior status on October 23, 2006, serving in that status until his death on July 25, 2016, in Palmer Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.[6] His seat on the Third Circuit was filled by Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie in 2010.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Van Antwerpen, Franklin Stuart - Federal Judicial Center".
  2. ^ Staff. "Newark Academy begins 215th year", Bernardsville News, September 8, 1988. Accessed March 30, 2016. "The speaker will be the Judge Franklin S. Van Antwerpen, a 1960 graduate of Newark Academy, who was recently appointed a U.S. District Judge by President Reagan."
  3. ^ "Statement of The Honorable Orrin Hatch". January 28, 2004. Archived from the original on September 22, 2008. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  4. ^ "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 108th Congress - 2nd Session".
  5. ^ "Easton Judge Confirmed by Senate - Van Antwerpen gets appeals court seat after 13-year wait". May 21, 2004. Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  6. ^ Miller, Rudy (July 25, 2016). "Federal judge from Palmer Township has died". Retrieved 2016-07-25.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Alfred Leopold Luongo
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Thomas M. Golden
Preceded by
Edward R. Becker
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Succeeded by
Thomas I. Vanaskie
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