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David Aldrich Nelson

federal judge

David Aldrich Nelson was American federal judge. Bar: Ohio 1958, New York 1982. Recipient Benjamin Franklin award, United States Post Office Department, 1969; Fulbright scholar, 1954-1955.


Nelson, David Aldrich was born in 1932 in Watertown, New York, United States. Son of Carlton Low and Irene Demetria (Aldrich) Nelson.


AB, Hamilton College, 1954. Postgraduate, Cambridge University, England, 1954—1955. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard University, 1958.


Attorney-advisor Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Air Force, 1959—1962. Associate Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, Cleveland, 1958—1967, partner, 1967—1969, 1972—1985. Judge United States Court Appeals (6th circuit), Cincinnati, 1985—1999, senior judge, since 1999.

General counsel United States Post Office Department, Washington, 1969—1971. Senior assistant postmaster general, general counsel United States Postal Service, Washington, 1971. National council Ohio State University College Law, 1988—1998.

Served to major United States Air Force Reserve, 1959-1973.


  • Bar: Ohio 1958, New York 1982.


Trustee Hamilton College, 1984—1988. Director Alexander Hamilton Institute, since 2007. Fellow: American College Trial Lawyers.

Member: Ohio Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Emerson Literature Society, Court of Nisi Prius (sergeant emeritus), Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Mary Dickson, 1956. 3 children.

Carlton Nelson

Mary Dickson