United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
(E.D. Okla.)
Appeals to: Tenth Circuit
Established: June 16, 1906
Judges assigned: 1.5
Chief Judge: James H. Payne

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma (in case citations, E.D. Okla. or E.D. Ok.) is a federal court in the Tenth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The District was established on June 16, 1906 and became operational on November 16, 1907 with Oklahoma achieving statehood. [1]

The courts jurisdiction comprises the following counties: Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Cherokee, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, Hughes, Johnston, Latimer, Le Flore, Love, Marshall, McCurtain, McIntosh, Murray, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pushmataha, Seminole, Sequoyah, and Wagoner.

The court is housed in the Ed Edmondson U.S. Courthouse in Muskogee.

The United States Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Oklahoma represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current United States Attorney for the district is Mark F. Green.


Judge Frank Howell Seay, appointed to the court by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, was the first Native American (Seminole) appointed to any U.S. district court.

Current judges

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
16 Chief Judge James H. Payne Muskogee 1941 2001–present 2002–present G.W. Bush
17 District Judge Ronald A. White Muskogee 1961 2003–present G.W. Bush
13 Senior Judge Frank Howell Seay Muskogee 1938 1979–2003 1980–1996 2003–present Carter

Former judges

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Campbell, Ralph E.Ralph E. Campbell OK 1867–1921 1907[2]–1918 Roosevelt, T.T. Roosevelt resignation
2 Williams, Robert L.Robert L. Williams OK 1868–1948 1919–1937 Wilson, Wilson reappointment
3 Kennamer, Franklin ElmoreFranklin Elmore Kennamer OK 1879–1960 1924–1925 Coolidge, Coolidge reassignment
4 Murrah, Alfred P.Alfred P. Murrah OK 1904–1975 1937–1940 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt reappointment
5 Rice, EugeneEugene Rice OK 1891–1967 1937–1963 1949–1963 1963–1967 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
6 Broaddus, Bower SlackBower Slack Broaddus OK 1888–1949 1940–1949 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
7 Wallace, William RobertWilliam Robert Wallace OK 1886–1960 1950–1960 Truman, Truman death
8 Bohanon, Luther L.Luther L. Bohanon OK 1902–2003 1961–1974 1974–2003 Kennedy, Kennedy death
9 Daugherty, Frederick AlvinFrederick Alvin Daugherty OK 1914–2006 1961[3]–1982 1973–1975 1982–2006 Kennedy, Kennedy death
10 Langley, Orville EdwinOrville Edwin Langley OK 1908–1973 1965–1973 1965–1973 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
11 Morris, Joseph WilsonJoseph Wilson Morris OK 1922–present 1974–1978 1975–1978 Nixon, Nixon resignation
12 Cook, H. DaleH. Dale Cook OK 1924–2008 1974–1992 1992–2008 Ford, Ford death
14 Russell, David LynnDavid Lynn Russell OK 1942–present 1981–1990 Reagan, Reagan reassignment
15 Burrage, MichaelMichael Burrage OK 1950–present 1994–2001 1996–2001 Clinton, Clinton resignation

Succession of seats

Seat 1
Seat established on November 16, 1907 by 34 Stat. 267
Campbell 1908–1918
Williams 1919–1937
Rice 1937–1963
Langley 1965–1973
Morris 1974–1978
Seay 1979–2003
White 2003–present

Seat 2
Seat established on September 14, 1922 by 42 Stat. 837 (temporary)
Kennamer 1924–1925
Seat reassigned to Northern District and made permanent on February 16, 1925 by 43 Stat. 945

Seat 3
Seat established on June 22, 1936 by 49 Stat. 1804 (concurrent with Northern and Western Districts)
Murrah 1937–1940
Broaddus 1940–1949
Wallace 1950–1960
Bohanon 1961–1974
Cook 1974–1992
Burrage 1994–2001
Payne 2001–present

Seat 4
Seat established on May 19, 1961 by 75 Stat. 80 (concurrent with Northern and Western Districts)
Daugherty 1962–1982
Russell 1981–1990
Seat reassigned solely to Western District on December 1, 1990 by 104 Stat. 5089

See also


  1. http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf/page/courts_district_ok.html U.S. District Courts of Oklahoma, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center
  2. Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 8, 1907, confirmed by the United States Senate on January 13, 1908, and received commission on January 13, 1908.
  3. Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 15, 1962, confirmed by the United States Senate on February 7, 1962, and received commission on February 17, 1962.

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