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Judge James L. Latchum

The Honorable James L. Latchum

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Born December 23, 1918, in Milford, DE
Died January 31, 2004

Federal Judicial Service:

U. S. District Court, District of Delaware
Nominated by Lyndon B. Johnson on July 17, 1968, to a seat vacated by Caleb R. Layton, III; Confirmed by the Senate on August 2, 1968, and received commission on August 3, 1968. Served as Chief Judge, 1973-1983. Assumed senior status on December 23, 1983.  Service terminated on January 31, 2004, due to death.


Princeton University, A.B., 1940
University of Virginia School of Law, LL.B., 1946

Professional Career:

U.S. Army Captain, 1940-1946
U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel, 1946-1961
Private practice, Wilmington, Delaware, 1946-1968
Attorney, Delaware State Highway Department, 1949-1951
Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Delaware, 1951-1953
Attorney, Delaware Interstate Highway Division, 1955-1963
Attorney, Delaware River and Bay Authority, 1963-1968