Thomas Porter Hawley

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Thomas Porter Hawley
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada
In office
September 9, 1890 June 30, 1906
Appointed by Benjamin Harrison
Preceded by George Myron Sabin
Succeeded by Edward Silsby Farrington
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Nevada
In office
1872–1890
Preceded by James F. Lewis
Succeeded by Rensselaer R. Bigelow
Personal details
Born(1830-07-18)July 18, 1830
Milan, Indiana
DiedOctober 7, 1907(1907-10-07) (aged 77)
San Francisco, California
Political party Republican

Thomas Porter Hawley (July 18, 1830 October 7, 1907) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Nevada, and a United States federal judge.

Supreme Court of Nevada the highest court in the U.S. state of Nevada

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Born in Milan, Indiana, Hawley read law to enter the bar in 1857. He was in private practice in Nevada City, California from 1858 to 1868, serving as a district attorney for Nevada County, California from 1863 to 1864. He relocated his private practice to Hamilton, Nevada from 1868 to 1870, and then to Eureka, Nevada until 1872. Hawley then served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Nevada from 1872 to 1890.

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On August 30, 1890, Hawley was nominated by President Benjamin Harrison to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Nevada vacated by George M. Sabin. Hawley was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 9, 1890, and received his commission the same day. Hawley retired from the bench on June 30, 1906. He died in San Francisco, California.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
James F. Lewis
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Nevada
1872–1890
Succeeded by
Rensselaer R. Bigelow
Preceded by
George Myron Sabin
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada
1890–1906
Succeeded by
Edward Silsby Farrington

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