Herbert Theodore Milburn

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Herbert Theodore Milburn
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
In office
July 1, 1996 – April 1, 2016
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
In office
October 4, 1984 – July 1, 1996
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Seat established
Succeeded by Ronald Gilman
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
In office
January 15, 1984 – October 9, 1984
Preceded by Frank Wilson
Succeeded by Thomas Hull
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
In office
June 7, 1983 – October 4, 1984
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Charles Neese
Succeeded by Robert Edgar
Personal details
Born (1931-05-26)May 26, 1931
Cleveland, Tennessee
Died April 1, 2016(2016-04-01) (aged 84)
Signal Mountain, Tennessee
Alma mater East Tennessee State University
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Herbert Theodore Milburn (May 26, 1931 – April 1, 2016) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and later a United State Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Born in Cleveland, Tennessee, Milburn received a Bachelor of Science from East Tennessee State University in 1953 and was in the United States Army, Security Agency from 1953 to 1956. He received a Juris Doctor from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1959, and was in private practice in Chattanooga, Tennessee from then until 1973. He was a judge on the Circuit Court of Hamilton County, Tennessee, Division III from 1973 to 1983.

On April 14, 1983, Milburn was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee vacated by Charles G. Neese. Milburn was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 6, 1983, and received his commission the following day. He served briefly served as chief judge in 1984 but on September 6, 1984, Reagan nominated Milburn for elevation to a new seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit created by 98 Stat. 333. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 3, 1984, and received his commission the next day. He took senior status due to a certified disability on July 1, 1996, serving in that status until his death on April 1, 2016, at the Alexian Village Retirement Community, in Signal Mountain, Tennessee.[1]

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Preceded by
Charles Neese
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
1983–1984
Succeeded by
Robert Edgar
Preceded by
Frank Wilson
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
1984
Succeeded by
Thomas Hull
New seat Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
1984–1996
Succeeded by
Ronald Gilman