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William David Hutchinson

William David Hutchinson, American federal judge. Bar: Pennsylvania. Recipient John Amos Comenius award, Moravian College, 1982.


  • Hutchinson, William David was born on June 20, 1932 in Minersville, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Elmer E. and Elizabeth (Price) Hutchinson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor magna cum laude, Moravian College, 1954. Juris Doctor, Harvard University, 1957.


    • Private practice, Pottsville, Pennsylvania, 1958—1982. Assistant district attorney Schuylkill County, 1963—1969, solicitor, 1969—1972, Blue Mountain School District, Cressona, 1967—1981. Justice Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Harrisburg, 1982—1987.

      Judge The United States of America Court Appeals (3d circuit), Pottsville, Pennsylvania, from 1987. Chairman Joint State Government Commission Pennsylvania General Assembly, 1981. Member Pennsylvania Judicial Council, 1980—1982, Pomeroy Commission on Unified Judicial Systems, 1980—1982.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Pennsylvania.


    The state should not use its authority to promote any particular religious belief. It should allow people practice their own religious convictions.

    Party affiliation: Republican


    The life with Christ has nothing to do with being in a "church" atmosphere for all eternity. God’s salvation involves far more. He is planning to make his children productive, creative, useful, and supremely happy, within an environment of spiritual perfection, health, peace, and love.

    Denomination: Methodist


    The distinctive feature of the Methodist Church is that lay people are involved in decision making.


    Active Blue Mountain School Board, 1963—1966, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1973—1981, chairman ethics committee, 1981. Member of American Bar Association, Schuylkill County Bar Association (committee continuing legal education), American Judicature Society, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Association Trial Lawyers American, Pennsylvania Bar Association.


    • Married Louise Meloney, 1957. Children: Kathryn, William, Louise, Andrew.
    • father: Elmer E. Elizabeth
    • mother: Elizabeth
    • spouse: Louise Meloney
    • children: Kathryn Hutchinson
    • William Hutchinson
    • Louise Hutchinson
    • Andrew Hutchinson
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