Harvey Johnsen

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Harvey Johnsen
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Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Title:   Former Judge
Appointed by:   Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Active:   10/14/1940 - 8/1/1965
Chief:   1959-1965
Senior:   8/1/1965-9/15/1975
Past post:   Nebraska Supreme Court
Past term:   1939-1940
Personal History
Born:   1895
Deceased:   9/15/1975
Undergraduate:   University of Nebraska '21
Law School:   University of Nebraska Law '19

Harvey M. Johnsen (1895-1975) was a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

He was nominated by President Franklin Roosevelt on October 1, 1940 to a seat created by 54 Stat. 219. He was confirmed by the Senate on October 7th, and received commission on October 14th. From 1959 to 1965, he was the Chief Judge. On August 1, 1965, he assumed senior status. He served in this capacity until his death on September 15, 1975.[1]


  • University of Nebraska College of Law, LL.B., 1919
  • University of Nebraska, A.B., 1921[1]

Professional career

  • Private practice, Omaha, Nebraska, 1920-1931
  • Faculty member, Creighton Law School, Omaha, Nebraska, 1922-1926
  • General counsel, Farm Credit Administration, Omaha, Nebraska, 1931-1933
  • Private practice, Omaha, Nebraska, 1934-1938
  • Associate justice, Supreme Court of Nebraska, 1939-1940[1]


Political offices
Preceded by:
NA - new seat
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:
Donald Lay