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Thomas Fairchild
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Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Title:   Former Judge
Appointed by:   Lyndon Johnson
Active:   8/11/1966 - 8/13/1981
Chief:   1975-1981
Senior:   8/13/1981 - 2/12/2007
Preceded by:   Francis Duffy
Succeeded by:   John Coffey
Past post:   Supreme Court of Wisconsin
Past term:   1957-1966
Personal History
Born:   1912
Undergraduate:   Cornell '34
Law School:   University of Wisconsin Law '38

Thomas Edward Fairchild (1912-2007) was a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1966 to 2007.[1]


  • Cornell University, A.B., 1934
  • University of Wisconsin Law School, LL.B., 1938[1]

Professional career

  • Private practice, Portage, Wisconsin, 1938-1941
  • Hearing commissioner, U.S. Office of Price Administration, Chicago and Milwaukee, 1941-1945
  • Private practice, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1945-1948
  • State attorney general, Wisconsin, 1948-1961
  • Consultant, Office of Price Stabilization, 1951
  • U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, 1951-1952
  • Private practice, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1953-1957[1]
  • Justice, Supreme Court of Wisconsin, 1957-1966[2]

Federal judicial career

Fairchild was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit by Lyndon B. Johnson on July 11, 1966, to a seat vacated by Francis Duffy. He was confirmed by the Senate on August 10, 1966 and received his commission on August 11, 1966. Fairchild served as chief judge of the court from 1975-1981. He assumed senior status on August 31, 1981 and continued serving in that capacity until his death on February 12, 2007.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Francis Duffy
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:
John Coffey