Martin Donald Van Oosterhout

Personal

Birthday: 
10/10/1900
Birthplace: 
Orange City, IA
Date of Death: 
1/28/1979
Race or Ethnicity: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Prior Employment: 

Private practice, Orange City, Iowa, 1924-1943
State representative, Iowa, 1939-1943
Judge, Iowa District Court, Twenty-First Judicial District, 1943-1954

Education

Name of School: 
University of Iowa
Degree: 
B.A.
Degree Year: 
1922
Name of School - Second: 

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 - Second: 
J.D.
Degree Year - Second: 
1924

Judicial Career

Court Name: 
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Court Name: 

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

President Nominating: 
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Party Affiliation of President: 
Republican
Commission Date: 
8/26/1954
Retirement from Active Service: 
7/6/1971
Termination Date: 
1/28/1979
Termination Reason: 
Death
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