Wesley E. Brown, American jurist, federal judge for the District Court for Kansas (since 1962), died he was 104
Wesley Ernest Brown was a U.S. District Court judge who, as of his death, was both the longest serving federal judge and the oldest federal judge still hearing cases died he was 104.. In August 2011, he passed Joseph William Woodrough in age, becoming the oldest person to serve as a federal judge in the history of the United States.
(June 22, 1907 – January 23, 2012)
Brown was born in Hutchinson, Kansas to Morrison (Morey) Houston Heady Brown and Julia Elizabeth Wesley Brown. He received his LL.B. from the Kansas City School of Law in 1933. He was in private practice in Hutchinson from 1933 to 1944, including a stint as county attorney for Reno County, Kansas,
from 1935 to 1939. From 1942 to 1944, he was the secretary of
corporation and attorney for Aircraft Woodwork Manufacturers. He entered
the United States Navy
in 1944, becoming a Lieutenant and serving until 1946. He then returned
to private practice in Hutchinson until 1958. From 1958 to 1962, he was
a Referee in Bankruptcy for the United States District Court for the District of Kansas.
On March 8, 1962, President John F. Kennedy nominated Brown to a seat on the Federal District Court for Kansas vacated by Delmas C. Hill. Brown was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 2, 1962, and received his commission two days later. He served as chief judge from 1971 to 1977, and assumed senior status on September 1, 1979, and continued to hear cases until his death.
Brown had lightened his workload to compensate for his advanced age.
In March 2011, he stopped hearing new criminal cases, though he still
heard civil cases.
Brown died the evening of January 23, 2012 in the assisted living facility where he had lived for the past few years.
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