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Circuit judge

Edward Allen Tamm, American circuit judge. Bar: bar Minnesota and Supreme Court of the United States Ct. Decorated Commander; Legion of Merit Ecuador, 1942; Order of Balboa Panama, 1945; recipient Judiciary award, 1970, Distinguished Alumnus award Georgetown University, 1964.


Tamm, Edward Allen was born on April 21, 1906 in St. Paul. Son of Edward Allen and Lucille Catherine (Buckley) Tamm.


Student, Mount St. Charles College, Helena, Montana, 1925. Student, University Montana, 1928. Bachelor of Laws, Georgetown University, 1930.

Doctor of Laws, Georgetown University, 1965. Juris Scientiae Doctor, Suffolk University, 1971. Doctor of Laws honorary), Carroll College, 1974.

Doctor of Laws honorary), New York Law School, 1980.


Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Tamm earned an LL.B. from the Georgetown University Law School in 1930. From 1930 to 1948 he was deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Tamm's younger brother Quinn Tamm also served as an FBI officer.

He received a recess appointment to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia from President Harry S Truman on June 22, 1948, to a seat vacated by James M. Proctor. Tamm was formally nominated to the seat on January 13, 1949, confirmed by the United States Senate on March 29, 1949, and received his commission on April 1, 1949. On March 1, 1965, he was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which had been vacated by Walter M. Bastian.

Tamm's elevation was confirmed by the Senate on March 11, 1965, and he received his commission that day. After his elevation, Tamm earned a J.S.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1971. He remained on the bench until his death.


  • Bar: bar Minnesota and Supreme Court of the United States Ct.


Trustee Saint Joseph College. Board directors Police Boys Club, Washington. Formerly lieutenant Commander United States Naval Reserve.

Member Metropolitan Board Trade, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, American Bar Association (member advisory committee on judges function 1969-1985, special committee on prevention and control crime 1969-1985), Federal Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association (honorary), American Law Institute, Gourmet Society, American Judicature Society, Friendly Sons St. Patrick, United States Power Squadron, Sons Union Vets, John Carroll Society, President's Cup Regatta Association, La Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tasterin, Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, Newcomen Society, Sigma Nu. Clubs: Columbia Country, Ocean City Light, Tackle, National Lawyers, Seaview Country.


Married Grace Monica Sullivan, January 30, 1934. Children– Edward Allen, Grace Escudero.

Edward Allen Tamm

Lucille Catherine (Buckley) Tamm

Grace Monica Sullivan

Edward Allen Tamm

Grace Escudero Tamm