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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.


Admitted to Alabama bar, 1935, practiced in Birmingham, 1935, Greensboro, 1936-1951, Tuscaloosa, 1951-1961. Judge The United States of America Court Appeals, 5th circuit, 1961-1977, senior circuit judge, 1976-1981. State prosecuting Hale County, Alabama, 1943-1951.

Member Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals of the United States, 1977-1981.


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