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John Watkins Oliver, American district judge. Bar: Missouri 1936. Member Kansas City Bar Association, Missouri State Bar (governor 1945-1946), Lawyers Association Kansas City (board directors 1942), American Judicature Society, Missouri History Society, Society of Friends.

Background

Oliver, John Watkins was born on December 17, 1914 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States. Son of Robert Burett and Jessie (McCreery) Oliver.

Education

Bachelor of Arts Missouri, 1934. Bachelor of Laws, University Missouri, 1936.

Career

He was in private practice in Kansas City, Missouri from 1936 to 1962. On March 5, 1962, Oliver was nominated by President John F. Kennedy for a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri vacated by R. Jasper Smith. Oliver was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 2, 1962, and received his commission the following day.

He served as chief judge from 1977 to 1980, assuming senior status on November 3, 1980 and serving in that capacity until his death, in Kansas City.

Achievements

  • Bar: Missouri 1936.

Membership

Member Kansas City Bar Association, Missouri State Bar (governor 1945-1946), Lawyers Association Kansas City (board directors 1942), American Judicature Society, Missouri History Society, Society of Friends.

Connections

Married Gertrude Field, January 24, 1940. Children: John Watkins II, Gertrude, Jane, David.

father:
Robert Burett Oliver

mother:
Jessie (McCreery) Oliver

spouse:
Gertrude Field

child:
John Watkins II Oliver

child:
Gertrude Oliver

child:
Jane Oliver

child:
David Oliver