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John J. Hickey

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John J. Hickey
John Joseph Hickey 2.jpg
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
In office
June 9, 1966 – September 22, 1970
Appointed byLyndon B. Johnson
Preceded byJohn Coleman Pickett
Succeeded byJames E. Barrett
United States Senator
from Wyoming
In office
January 3, 1961 – November 6, 1962
Preceded byJoseph C. O'Mahoney
Succeeded byMilward Simpson
24th Governor of Wyoming
In office
January 5, 1959 – January 2, 1961
Preceded byMilward Simpson
Succeeded byJack R. Gage
United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming
In office
1949–1953
PresidentHarry Truman
Preceded byJohn Coleman Pickett
Succeeded byJohn F. Raper
Personal details
Born
John Joseph Hickey

(1911-08-22)August 22, 1911
Rawlins, Wyoming, U.S.
DiedSeptember 22, 1970(1970-09-22) (aged 59)
Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.
Resting placeRawlins Cemetery, Rawlins, Wyoming, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Winifred E. Epsy
Children2
MotherBrigit O'Meara
FatherJohn Joseph Hickey
EducationUniversity of Wyoming College of Law (LLB)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1942-1945
RankCaptain
Battles/warsWorld War II

John J. Hickey (August 22, 1911 – September 22, 1970) was an American politician who served the 24th Governor of Wyoming and Senator as a Democrat before sitting on the Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He was the first Governor of Wyoming to be born in the 20th century.

Life

John Joseph Hickey was born in Rawlins, Wyoming to John Joseph Hickey and Brigit O'Meara on August 22, 1911. He attended public schools in Rawlins where he graduated in 1929 and then graduated with a law degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law with in 1934. He practiced law in Rawlins from 1934 to 1942. Hickey served as city treasurer of Rawlins from 1935 to 1940 and was county attorney of Carbon County from 1939 to 1942.

In 1942 he joined the army as a private and after serving for forty two months rose to the rank of captain. On December 25, 1945 he was honorably discharged and on January 15, 1946 he married Winifred Epsy. He served as county attorney of Carbon County from 1946 to 1949 and in 1949 President Harry S. Truman appointed Hickey as the United States district attorney for Wyoming. In 1954 he was elected as chairman of the Wyoming Democratic Party and served until 1958.

Governor and Senator

Hickey as governor.
Hickey as governor.

He was the Governor of Wyoming from 1958 to 1960. At the 1960 Democratic National Convention Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson asked Hickey to second his nomination for the presidency which he did.[1] During the 1960 presidential election Hickey stated that the issue over Kennedy's Catholicism would not be important in Wyoming due to Hickey, who was also a Catholic, having won in 1958.[2] As Governor, he appointed himself as United States Senator from Wyoming from 1961 to 1962, but lost election in 1962. On October 15, 1962 he suffered a heart attack, but recovered.[3]

Hickey as a senator.
Hickey as a senator.

Tenth Circuit

He was in private practice of law in Rawlins from 1962 to 1966. Hickey was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson on May 12, 1966, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit vacated by Judge John Coleman Pickett. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 9, 1966, and received his commission the same day.

In July 1970 he was hospitalized for a stomach ulcer and in August he went to the Presbyterian Medical Center in Denver for lung cancer treatment.[4] On September 22, 1970 he died in a Cheyenne hospital.[5]

Electoral history

John J. Hickey electoral history
1958 Wyoming Gubernatorial election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John J. Hickey 55,070 48.94% -0.56%
Republican Milward Simpson (incumbent) 52,488 46.64% -3.86%
Economy Louis W. Carlson 4,979 4.42% +4.42
Total votes '112,537' '100.00%'
1962 Wyoming Senate special election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Milward Simpson 69,043 57.84% +1.47
Democratic John J. Hickey (incumbent) 50,329 42.16% -1.47%
Total votes '119,372' '100.00%'

References

  1. ^ Logan, James K. (January 1, 1992). "The Federal Courts of the Tenth Circuit: A History". U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. p. 408 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Religion No Issue Here, Hickey Says". Casper Star-Tribune. July 21, 1960. p. 2. Archived from the original on January 16, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Sen. Hickey Suffers Mild Heart Attack". The Billings Gazette. October 17, 1962. p. 20. Archived from the original on January 20, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Hickey Has Lung Cancer". Casper Star-Tribune. August 2, 1970. p. 1. Archived from the original on January 18, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Judge Hickey, Former Governor-Senator, Dies". Casper Star-Tribune. September 23, 1970. p. 1. Archived from the original on January 18, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.

External links

Party political offices
Preceded by
William M. Jack
Democratic nominee for Governor of Wyoming
1958
Succeeded by
Jack R. Gage
Preceded by
Raymond B. Whitaker
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Wyoming
(Class 2)

1962
Succeeded by
Teno Roncalio
Political offices
Preceded by
Milward Simpson
Governor of Wyoming
January 5, 1959 – January 2, 1961
Succeeded by
Jack R. Gage
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Joseph C. O'Mahoney
 U.S. senator (Class 2) from Wyoming
January 3, 1961 – November 6, 1962
Served alongside: Gale W. McGee
Succeeded by
Milward Simpson
Legal offices
Preceded by
John Coleman Pickett
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
June 9, 1966 – September 22, 1970
Succeeded by
James E. Barrett
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