Wendell Phillips Stafford
|Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia|
June 1, 1904 – May 4, 1931
|Appointed by||Theodore Roosevelt|
|Preceded by||Jeter Connelly Pritchard|
|Succeeded by||F. Dickinson Letts|
|Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court|
|Preceded by||Laforrest H. Thompson|
|Succeeded by||George M. Powers|
|Member of the Vermont House of Representatives from St. Johnsbury|
|Preceded by||Francis Walker|
|Succeeded by||John Calvin Clark|
Wendell Phillips Stafford
May 1, 1861
|Died||April 21, 1953 (aged 91)|
|Resting place||Mount Pleasant Cemetery|
St. Johnsbury, Vermont
|Education||Boston University School of Law (LL.B.)|
Wendell Phillips Stafford (May 1, 1861 – April 21, 1953) was an American attorney and jurist. He was most notable for his service as an Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court and as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia.
Early life and education
Born in Barre, Vermont, Stafford was the son of Franklin Stafford and Sarah (Noyes) Stafford. He attended the public schools of Barre and graduated from Barre Academy in 1878. Stafford graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1880, and received a Bachelor of Laws from Boston University School of Law in 1883. He was admitted to the bar, and began to practice in St. Johnsbury, Vermont in partnership with Henry Clay Ide. Among the prospective attorneys who studied law in their office was William H. Taylor, who later served as an Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court.
Stafford was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives in 1892. He was a Reporter of Decisions for the Supreme Court of Vermont from 1896 to 1900. He was an associate justice of the Vermont Supreme Court from 1900 to 1904, succeeding Laforrest H. Thompson. He resigned to accept appointment as a federal judge, and was succeeded by George M. Powers.
Federal judicial service
Stafford received a recess appointment from President Theodore Roosevelt on June 1, 1904, to an Associate Justice seat on the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia (now the United States District Court for the District of Columbia) vacated by Associate Justice Jeter Connelly Pritchard. He was nominated to the same position by President Roosevelt on December 6, 1904. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 13, 1904, and received his commission the same day. His service terminated on May 4, 1931, due to his retirement.
Death and burial
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- Stafford, Wendell Phillips (2 April 2019). "Dorian Days: Poems". Macmillan – via Google Books.
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- The Journal of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, published by the association, Volume 20, 1953, page 276
- Report of Proceedings of the Annual Meeting, published by Vermont Bar Association, 1954, page 50