Thomas E. Fairchild


Thomas E. Fairchild

Thomas Edward Fairchild (December 25, 1912February 12 2007), was a U.S. federal judge and former politician from Wisconsin. Before his death, he served as a Senior Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Thomas Fairchild was born on Christmas Day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His educational background included a B.A. from Cornell University, a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and additional studies conducted at Princeton University and Deep Springs College in California.

Following graduation from law school in 1938, he practiced law in Portage, Wisconsin until 1942, when he became an attorney with the Office of Price Administration, specializing in consumer rationing issues. He returned to private practice in 1945, working out of a Milwaukee law office for three years. In 1948, he was elected as Attorney General of Wisconsin. During his tenure as state attorney general, he shut down "Stop the Music" a popular radio show awarding big prizes. That decision may have contributed to his loss in the 1950 U.S. Senate race against incumbent Alexander Wiley. In 1951, President Harry S. Truman appointed him U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin. A year later, he resigned to run against U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy. Following his defeat in the 1952 Senate race, he resumed private law practice in Milwaukee. In 1956, he represented alleged Communists before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Later that year, he was elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, serving until 1966, when President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He served as the Court's Chief Judge from 1975 to 1981, and held senior status until his death in 2007. [ [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/dictionary/index.asp?action=view&term_id=2145&keyword=fairchild Fairchild, Thomas E. 1912 ] ]

Judge Fairchild died on February 12, 2007 in Madison. [ [http://www.madison.com/obits/listings.php?type=trans&date=02%2F13%2F2007 madison.com ] ]

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* [http://www.wicourts.gov/about/judges/supreme/retired/fairchild2.htm Wisconsin Court System Biography]
* Sander, Libby (2007) [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/15/obituaries/15fairchild.html?_r=1&ref=obituaries&oref=slogin Thomas Fairchild, 94, Dies; Tried to Unseat McCarthy] , "New York Times", February 15, 2007.


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