Fred Dickinson Letts

Personal

Birthday: 
4/26/1875
Birthplace: 
Ainsworth, IA
Date of Death: 
1/19/1965
Place of Death: 
Washington, DC
Race or Ethnicity: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Prior Employment: 

Private practice, Davenport, Iowa, 1899-1911, 1912-1914
Judge, Iowa District Court, Second Judicial District, 1911-1912, 1914-1925
U.S. representative from Iowa, 1925-1931

Education

Name of School: 
Parsons College, Fairfield, Iowa
Degree: 
B.S.
Degree Year: 
1897
Name of School - Second: 
Columbia University
Name of School - Third: 

University of Iowa College of Law

The highly competitive practice of law has a way of shaping a person. If you let it, it can and it will make you into a thing;...That thing the practice of law would make of you is ultimately what becomes of the once passionate, once idealistic, once hopeful, would-be world changer, who has become eroded by the routine, battering current of the practice, and who has failed to cultivate the ground cover that resists erosion of soul." For those of us in the world of work, whether as lawyers or not, tending to that initial force that drew us toward the study of law should be part of our thoughts and periodic reflections.

Degree - Third: 
LL.B.
Degree Year - Third: 
1899

Judicial Career

Court Name: 
U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia [Supreme Court of the District of Columbia]
Court Name: 

District of Columbia District Court

President Nominating: 
Herbert Hoover
Party Affiliation of President: 
Republican
Commission Date: 
2/20/1932
Retirement from Active Service: 
5/31/1961
Termination Date: 
1/19/1965
Termination Reason: 
Death
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