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Walter Pettus Gewin, American judge. Recipient Dean’s award for outstanding service U. Alabama Law School, 1972.


Gewin, Walter Pettus was born on December 9, 1908 in Nanafalia, Alabama, United States. Son of John Walker and Julia (Crenshaw) Gewin.


Bachelor of Arts cum laude, Birmingham Southern College, 1930, Doctor of Laws, 1973. Bachelor of Arts Library Science, Emory University, 1932. Bachelor of Laws, University Alabama, 1935, Doctor of Laws, 1976.


Born in Nanafalia, Alabama, Gewin received an A.B. from Birmingham-Southern College in 1930, a B.L.S. from Emory University in 1932, and an LL.B. from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1935. He was in private practice in Birmingham, Alabama from 1935 to 1936, in Greensboro, Alabama from 1936 to 1951, and in Tuscaloosa, Alabama from 1951 to 1961. He was also a prosecuting attorney of Hale County, Alabama from 1942 to 1951.

On October 5, 1961, Gewin received a recess appointment from President John F. Kennedy to a new seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit created by 75 Stat. 80. Gewin was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 5, 1962, and received his commission on February 9, 1962. He assumed senior status on November 1, 1976, serving in that capacity until his death, in Tuscaloosa.


Member Code Committee of Alabama, 1940. Member Alabama House of Representatives, 1939-1943. Member Alabama Democratic Executive Committee, 1943-1947.

Board of directors Alabama Law School Foundation. Served with judge advisory general department Army of the United States, 1944-1945. Member American, Alabama (president), Tuscaloosa bar associations, American College Trial Lawyers, American Law Institute.

Mason (Shriner).


Married Anna Fidelia Sledge, December 5, 1936. Children: Walter Pettus, James William, Margaret Juliette.

John Walker Gewin

Julia (Crenshaw) Gewin

Anna Fidelia Sledge

James William Gewin

Walter Pettus Gewin

Margaret Juliette Gewin