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BEFORE A

HEARINGS
U.S. Congreps. Seuotes

SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY

UNITED STATES SENATE

SEVENTY-SECOND CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

ON

THE NOMINATION OF JAMES H. WILKERSON TO BE

UNITED STATES CIRCUIT JUDGE

SEVENTH CIRCUIT

JANUARY 21, 22, FEBRUARY 9, 10, AND 12, 1932

Printed for the use of the Committee on the Judiciary

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COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
GEORGE W. NORRIS, Nebraska, Chairman

WILLIAM E. BORAH, Idaho. HENRY F. ASBURST, Arizona.
ARTHUR R. ROBINSON, Indiana. THOMAS J. WALSH, Montana.
JOHN J. BLAINE, Wisconsin. WILLIAM H. KING, Utah.
CHARLES W. WATERMAN, Colorado. HUBERT D. STEPHENS, Mississippi.
DANIEL O. HASTINGs, Delaware. C. C. DILL, Washington.
FELIX BEBERT, Rhode Island. SAM G. BRATTON, New Mexico.
THOMAS D. SCHALL, Minnesota. HUGO L. BLACK, Alabama.
WARREN R. AUSTIN, Vermont. M. M. NEELY, West Virginia.
. SUBcom MITTEE
WILLIAM E. BORAH, Idaho, Chairman
JOHN J. BLAINE, Wisconsin. THOMAS J. WALSH, Montana.
ARTHUR R. ROBINSON, Indiana. C. C. DILL, Washington.

John P. Rob ERTSON, Clerk

NOMINATION OF JAMES H. WILKERSON

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 1932

UNITED STATES SENATE,
SUBCOMMITTEE of THE
CoMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY,
Washington, D. C.

The subcommittee met at 11 a. m. in the committee room of the Committee on Foreign Relations, Capitol, Senator William E. Borah, chairman, presiding.

Present: Senators Borah (chairman), Robinson of Indiana, Blaine, Walsh of Montana, and Dill.

The CHAIRMAN. Are there any gentlemen here representing the protestants?

(No response.)

The CHAIRMAN. Senator Glenn, do you wish to go ahead?

STATEMENT BY SENATOR OTIS F, GLENN

Senator GLENN. Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, with the permission of the committee, the chairman inquired the day before yesterday, at the first meeting of this subcommittee, if I desired to make a statement concerning Judge Wilkerson, and I am not very familiar with the procedure in matters of this kind, not being a member of the Judiciary Committee, I think I was a member of one committee once that had a contest concerning a Cabinet nomination, but that is the limit of my experience in these matters.

The CHAIRMAN. These hearings are very informal, Senator. Just

proceed to make your statements, any statement you wish in regard

to Judge Wilkerson. Senator GLENN. I may say that Judge Page, for many years a member of the circuit court of appeals for the seventh district in this country, and I think about 18 months ago, he reached the retirement age, having attained the age of 70 years, and having served more than 10 years upon the Federal bench, and he elected to retire. A good many months ago, my former colleague Senator Deneen, and I, after canvassing thoroughly the situation, studying as far as We could the records of those who seemed to be available for the appointment to fill the vacancy occasioned by the retirement of Judge Page, came to the opinion, at least we reached the opinion, that Judge James H. Wilkerson, United States district judge for the Northern District of Illinois for the last 10 years or thereabouts, was the proper person in our judgment, and the most competent person available to fill the position. - We urged upon the Attorney General, and likewise upon the President, that Judge Wilkerson's name be sent to the Senate. It was

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