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Stephen Spangler Trott, Federal judge, musician. Bar: California 1966, United States District Court (central district) California 1966, United States Court Appeals (9th circuit) 1983, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1984. Recipient Gold record as singer-guitarist for Michael Row the Boat Ashore, 1961, Distinguished Faculty award National College District Attorneys, 1977.


Trott, Stephen Spangler was born on December 12, 1939 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, United States. Son of David Herman and Virginia (Spangler) Trott.


Bachelor, Wesleyan University, 1962. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard University, 1965. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Santa Clara University, 1992.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Idaho, 2001.


Trott was nominated for this position by President Ronald Reagan on August 9, 1987 after the seat held by Joseph Tyree Sneed, III became vacant. "He reportedly turned down the opportunity to be nominated for FBI director, preferring the Ninth Circuit vacancy instead." On March 24, 1988, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and received his commission the following day. He took senior status on December 31, 2004.

Trott was educated at Wesleyan University during his adolescent years. He later graduated from Harvard Law School. Before receiving the Court of Appeals position, Trott had worked at several political and law locations throughout the United States.

He had served as United States Attorney for the Central District of California from 1981–83. He served as Assistant Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice Criminal Division from 1983–86, and Associate Attorney General from 1986–88.


Trustee Wesleyan University, 1984—1987. Advisory council Big Brothers, Big Sisters Southwest Idaho, 2001—2003. Official photographer World Cup Wrestling Championship, since 2003.

Board directors, president Children's Home Society, Idaho, 1990—2004. Member of American College Trial Lawyers, Boise (Idaho) Philharmonic Association (board directors since 1995, vice president 1997-1999, pre-concert lecturer since 1997, president 1999—2003), Idaho Classic Guitar Society (founder, president 1989—2004), International Brotherhood Magicians, Idaho Racing Pigeon Association, Magic Castle, Brentwood Racing Pigeon Club (president 1977-1982), Wilderness Fly Fishers Club 1975-1977.


Son of David Herman and Virginia (Spangler) T. Divorced; children: Christina, Shelley.