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William Donald Stiehl

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William Donald Stiehl
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
In office
November 30, 1996 – February 8, 2016
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
In office
Preceded by James L. Foreman
Succeeded by John Phil Gilbert
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
In office
June 16, 1986 – November 30, 1996
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Seat established by 98 Stat. 333
Succeeded by G. Patrick Murphy
Personal details
Born William Donald Stiehl
(1925-12-03)December 3, 1925
Belleville, Illinois
Died February 8, 2016(2016-02-08) (aged 90)
Belleville, Illinois
Spouse(s) Celeste M. Stiehl
Education Saint Louis University School of Law (LL.B.)

William Donald Stiehl (December 3, 1925 – February 8, 2016) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Education and career

Born in Belleville, Illinois, Stiehl was in the United States Navy Lieutenant during World War II, from 1943 to 1946 and again from 1950 to 1952. He received a Bachelor of Laws from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1949. In 1948, Stiehl was elected to the Belleville Town High School and Junior College Board of Education and served as its President. Stiehl also served of the Illinois Constitution Study Commission. He was in private practice in Belleville from 1952 to 1986. He was an assistant state's attorney of Belleville from 1956 to 1960. He was a special assistant attorney general of State of Illinois from 1970 to 1973.[1][2]

Federal judicial service

Stiehl was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on May 14, 1986, to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 13, 1986, and received his commission on June 16, 1986. He served as Chief Judge from 1992 to 1993. He assumed senior status on November 30, 1996.[2] Stiehl died on February 8, 2016, in Belleville, at the age of 90. His wife Celeste M. Stiehl served in the Illinois House of Representatives.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ "William Stiehl's Obituary on Belleville News-Democrat". Belleville News-Democrat.
  2. ^ a b William Donald Stiehl at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  3. ^ U.S. District Court Judge William Stiehl dies at age 90 Archived 2016-02-16 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ 'Illinois Blue Book 1981-1982,' Biographical Sketch of Celeste M. Stiehl, pg. 183
  5. ^ 'Federal Judge William D. Steihl of Belleville, dies at 90,' St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Tim O'Neil, February 10. 2016


Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 98 Stat. 333
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
Succeeded by
G. Patrick Murphy
Preceded by
James L. Foreman
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
Succeeded by
John Phil Gilbert
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