David Josiah Brewer


Smyrna, Asia Minor
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Washington, DC
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Private practice, Leavenworth, Kansas, 1858-1861
Commissioner, U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Kansas, 1861-1862
Judge, Leavenworth County [Kansas] Probate and Criminal Courts, 1862-1865
Judge, Kansas District Court, First Judicial District, 1865-1869
City attorney, Leavenworth, Kansas, 1869-1870
Justice, Kansas Supreme Court, 1870-1884


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Yale College
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Read law
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Albany Law School of Union University

Albany Law School is the oldest independent law school in the United States. It was founded in 1851 by Amos Dean (its dean until 1868), Amasa J. Parker, Ira Harris, and others.

Beginning in 1878, the Albany College of Pharmacy, Albany Law School, Albany Medical College, Dudley Observatory, Graduate College of Union University, and Union College created the loose association today known as Union University. Each member institution has its own governing board, is fiscally independent, and is responsible for its own programs.

Albany Law School has a historically close relationship with the New York Court of Appeals. One of the original members of the court, Greene C. Bronson, helped to found the law school. Since that time, Albany Law School alumni have been members of the court eight times with two serving as Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals. In addition, the school hosts the Fund for Modern Courts' Hugh R. Jones Memorial Lecture, which is typically given by a current or former member of the court.

Albany Law School offers 14 concentrations for J.D. candidates, as well as an L.L.M program, and joint J.D./M.B.A, J.D./M.P.A., J.D./M.R.P., J.D./M.S., and J.D./M.S.W. programs.

Judicial Career

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U. S. Circuit Courts for the Eighth Circuit
President Nominating: 
Chester A. Arthur
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Appointment to Another Judicial Position
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Supreme Court of the United States
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Supreme Court of the United States

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Bankruptcy and Magistrate Services: 

Allotment as Circuit Justice:
Sixth Circuit, March 10, 1890-January 18, 1891
Eighth Circuit, November 3, 1890-March 28, 1910
Ninth Circuit, December 13, 1897-February 20, 1898
Seventh Circuit, September 2, 1907-October 14, 1907