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James Marshall Sprouse

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James Marshall Sprouse
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
In office
October 31, 1992 – July 31, 1995
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
In office
September 13, 1979 – October 31, 1992
Appointed byJimmy Carter
Preceded bySeat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Succeeded byM. Blane Michael
Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
In office
January 1, 1973 – June 27, 1975
Preceded byJohn E. Carrigan
Succeeded byEdwin F. Flowers
Personal details
James Marshall Sprouse

(1923-12-03)December 3, 1923
Williamson, West Virginia
DiedJuly 3, 2004(2004-07-03) (aged 80)
Charleston, West Virginia
EducationSt. Bonaventure University (A.B.)
Columbia Law School (LL.B.)
University of Bordeaux

James Marshall Sprouse (December 3, 1923 – July 3, 2004) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Education and career

Born in Williamson, West Virginia, Sprouse was in the United States Army, 104th Division, during World War II from 1942 to 1945. He received an Artium Baccalaureus degree from St. Bonaventure University in 1947 and a Bachelor of Laws from Columbia Law School in 1949. He was an assistant state attorney general of West Virginia in 1949. He was a Fulbright Scholar in international law at the University of Bordeaux in France in 1950. He was counsel for the Displaced Persons Commission from 1950 to 1951. He was in private practice in West Virginia from 1951 to 1952. He was with the Central Intelligence Agency from 1952 to 1957. He was in private practice in West Virginia from 1957 to 1972. He ran for Governor of West Virginia in 1968, narrowly winning the Democratic nomination, but lost the general election to Republican congressman Arch A. Moore Jr. He was a Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals from 1972 to 1975 when he resigned to make a second run for Governor, losing the Democratic primary to Jay Rockefeller. He was in private practice in West Virginia from 1975 to 1979.[1]

Federal judicial service

Sprouse was nominated by President Jimmy Carter on July 5, 1979, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, to a new seat created by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 11, 1979, and received his commission on September 13, 1979. He assumed senior status on October 31, 1992. His service was terminated on July 31, 1995, due to retirement.[1]


Sprouse died on July 3, 2004, in Charleston, West Virginia.[1]



Party political offices
Preceded by
Hulett C. Smith
Democratic Party nominee for Governor of West Virginia
Succeeded by
Jay Rockefeller
Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Succeeded by
M. Blane Michael
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