George J. Mitchell

U.S. Attorney and Federal Judgeship, 1977-1980.

2 linear feet.

Catalog Number: M202.5

Background Note:
George J. Mitchell was appointed United States Attorney for Maine by President Jimmy Carter in 1977. In 1979 Carter appointed Mitchell as a U.S. district court judge. Senator Muskie had recommended Mitchell for both positions. As a U.S. attorney, Mitchell prosecuted federal cases that took place in Maine. Mitchell became the first judge to take the seat of a newly created judgeship in the Maine federal court district to relieve the pressure of a growing backlog of federal court cases. This new judgeship was based in Bangor, Maine. As a federal judge, Mitchell presided over federal civil, criminal, and class action court cases. He resigned this position in 1980 to fill the U.S. Senate seat of Edmund Muskie, who had been named U.S. Secretary of State.

Materials include personal and financial records; personal correspondence--mostly congratulatory letters, and letters concerning federal jobs; applications and questionnaires for the district court judge position; notes and reports of mock trials at law school, seminars for new district judges, and press clips. Most of the material documents Mitchell's nomination process for district court judge, while some material covers his work and nomination as U.S. Attorney for Maine. Significant correspondents include Senators Edward Kennedy, Strom Thurmond, Edmund Muskie, William Cohen, Chief Justice Warren Burger, and President Jimmy Carter.

Access Restrictions: None except letters of recommendation restricted until 2055..

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