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William Augustus Bootle

William Augustus "Gus" Bootle
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
In office
March 11, 1972 – January 25, 2005
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
In office
1961–1972
Preceded byThomas Hoyt Davis
Succeeded byJ. Robert Elliott
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
In office
May 20, 1954 – March 11, 1972
Appointed byDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byAbraham Benjamin Conger
Succeeded byWilbur Dawson Owens Jr.
Personal details
Born
William Augustus Bootle

(1902-08-19)August 19, 1902
Walterboro, South Carolina
DiedJanuary 25, 2005(2005-01-25) (aged 102)
Macon, Georgia
EducationMercer University (A.B.)
Walter F. George School of Law (LL.B.)
William Augustus Bootle Federal Building and Courthouse, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia

William Augustus "Gus" Bootle (August 19, 1902 – January 25, 2005) was an American attorney and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia noted for helping oversee desegregation in the Southern United States.

Education and career

Born on August 19, 1902, in Walterboro, South Carolina, Bootle received an Artium Baccalaureus degree in 1924 from Mercer University and a Bachelor of Laws in 1925 from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. There he was a member of Phi Delta Theta.[1] He entered private practice in Macon, Georgia from 1925 to 1928 and again from 1933 to 1954. He was a part-time professor at Mercer University from 1926 to 1937 and served as acting dean from 1933 to 1937. He was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia from 1928 to 1929 and was the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia from 1929 to 1933.[2]

Federal judicial service

Bootle was nominated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on May 3, 1954, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia vacated by Judge Abraham Benjamin Conger. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 18, 1954, and received his commission on May 20, 1954. He served as Chief Judge from 1961 to 1972. He assumed senior status on March 11, 1972. His service terminated on January 25, 2005, due to his death in Macon.[2]

Notable case

Bootle ordered the first admission of an African-American to the University of Georgia in 1961 (Hamilton E. Holmes and Charlayne Hunter).[citation needed]

Death

Bootle's wife of more than 70 years, Virginia Childs Bootle, died on June 24, 2004. Bootle died at his home in 2005 at the age of 102.[3][4]

Honors

The federal building and courthouse at Macon, Georgia was renamed the William Augustus Bootle Federal Building and United States Courthouse in June 1998.[citation needed] In 1982, Bootle was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Mercer University.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ "Phi Delta Theta biography". Archived from the original on 2005-02-08. Retrieved 2005-12-05.
  2. ^ a b William Augustus Bootle at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  3. ^ Fox, Margalit (January 27, 2005). "William A. Bootle, Judge in Desegregation Case, Dies at 102". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  4. ^ Hulett, Keith (December 9, 2005). "William Bootle (1902-2005)". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Georgia Humanities Council and the University of Georgia Press. Retrieved 6 December 2015.

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Preceded by
Abraham Benjamin Conger
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
1954–1972
Succeeded by
Wilbur Dawson Owens Jr.
Preceded by
Thomas Hoyt Davis
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
1961–1972
Succeeded by
J. Robert Elliott

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