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James Hargrove Meredith, American federal judge. Bar: Missouri bar 1937. Recipient Patriots award Sons of the Revolution, 1974.


Meredith, James Hargrove was born on August 25, 1914 in Wedderburn, Oregon, United States. Son of Willis H. and Ollie (Hargrove) Meredith.


AB, Missouri University, 1935. Bachelor of Laws, Missouri University, 1937.


Born in Wedderburn, Oregon, Meredith received an A.B. from the University of Missouri in 1936 and an LL.B. from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1937. He was in private practice in Portageville, Missouri from 1937 to 1938. He was in private practice in New Madrid, Missouri from 1939 to 1941.

He was an Assistant prosecuting attorney of New Madrid County, Missouri from 1939 to 1941. He was a Special agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA from 1942 to 1944. He was in the United States Navy during World War II, from 1944 to 1946.

He was in private practice in Portageville, Missouri from 1946 to 1949. He was a Legal secretary to state governor, Missouri from 1949 to 1950. He was a Chief counsel, State Insurance Department, Missouri from 1950 to 1952.

He was in private practice in St. Louis, Missouri from 1952 to 1962. He was in private practice in Washington, D.C. from 1961 to 1962. Meredith was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Meredith was nominated by President John F. Kennedy on March 5, 1962, to a seat vacated by George H. Moore. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 16, 1962, and received his commission on March 17, 1962. He served as chief judge from 1971-1979.

He assumed senior status on August 31, 1979. Meredith served in that capacity until his death, in St. Louis, Missouri.


  • Bar: Missouri bar 1937.


Member Mental Health Commission Missouri, 1961-1962. Trustee Friends University Missouri Library, University Missouri Law School Foundation Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1944-1946. Member Judicial Conference United States (executive committee 1976, subcommittee on improvement judiciary 1971-1981, committee to review circuit council conduct and disability orders, 1982-1987, committee to celebrate Bicentennial of the United States constitution), Missouri, District of Columbia, St. Louis, American bar associations, Lawyers Association St. Louis, Missouri Squires, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Order of Coif, Sigma Chi (Significant Sig award), Phi Delta Phi (Distinguished Alumni award) Clubs: Mason (St. Louis) (Shriner), Old Warson Country (St. Louis), Missouri Athletic (St. Louis).


Married Dorothy Doke, September 7, 1937 (deceased February 1972). 1 son, James Doke; married Susan B. Fitzgibbon, 1977.

Willis H. Meredith

Ollie (Hargrove) Meredith

Dorothy Doke

Susan B. Fitzgibbon