Richard Bevan Austin

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Richard Bevan Austin
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
In office
October 10, 1975 – February 7, 1977
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
In office
August 15, 1961 – October 10, 1975
Appointed byJohn F. Kennedy
Preceded byWalter J. LaBuy
Succeeded byJohn Powers Crowley
Personal details
Born
Richard Bevan Austin

(1901-01-23)January 23, 1901
Chicago, Illinois
DiedFebruary 7, 1977(1977-02-07) (aged 76)
Chicago, Illinois
EducationDenison University (Ph.B.)
University of Chicago Law School (J.D.)

Richard Bevan Austin (January 23, 1901 – February 7, 1977) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Austin received a Bachelor of Philosophy from Denison University in 1923 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School in 1926. He was in private practice in Chicago from 1926 to 1933, and again from 1948 to 1952, having served as an assistant state's attorney of Cook County, Illinois from 1933 to 1947, and as a first assistant state's attorney of Cook County from 1947 to 1948 and from 1952 to 1953. He was an acting state's attorney of Cook County from 1947 to 1948, and a special prosecutor from 1951 to 1952. He was a judge of the Superior Court of Cook County from 1953 to 1960. He was chief justice of the Criminal Court of Cook County from 1954 to 1955, running unsuccessfully as the Democratic nominee for Governor of Illinois in 1956, and again served as chief justice of the court from 1960 to 1961.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On August 7, 1961, Austin was nominated by President John F. Kennedy to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois vacated by Judge Walter J. LaBuy. Austin was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 15, 1961, and received his commission the same day. He assumed senior status on October 10, 1975, serving in that capacity until his death on February 7, 1977, in Chicago.[1]

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Sherwood Dixon
Democratic nominee for Governor of Illinois
1956
Succeeded by
Otto Kerner Jr.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Walter J. LaBuy
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
1961–1975
Succeeded by
John Powers Crowley