John J. Hickey

John Joseph Hickey (August 22, 1911 – September 22, 1970) was Governor of Wyoming, United States Senator from Wyoming and a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

John J. Hickey
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
In office
June 9, 1966  September 22, 1970
Appointed byLyndon B. Johnson
Preceded byJohn Coleman Pickett
Succeeded byJames Emmett Barrett
United States Senator
from Wyoming
In office
January 3, 1961  November 6, 1962
Preceded byJoseph C. O'Mahoney
Succeeded byMilward Simpson
24th Governor of Wyoming
In office
January 5, 1959  January 2, 1961
Preceded byMilward Simpson
Succeeded byJack R. Gage
Personal details
Born
John Joseph Hickey

(1911-08-22)August 22, 1911
Rawlins, Wyoming
DiedSeptember 22, 1970(1970-09-22) (aged 59)
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Wyoming College of Law (LL.B.)

Education and career

Born in Rawlins, Carbon County, Wyoming, Hickey's mother was an immigrant from Ireland.[1] He received a Bachelor of Laws from University of Wyoming College of Law in 1934. He was in private practice of law in Rawlins from 1934 to 1942. He was city treasurer of Rawlins from 1935 to 1940. He was county attorney of Carbon County from 1939 to 1942. He was a United States Army Captain from 1942 to 1945. He was county attorney of Carbon County from 1946 to 1949. He was the United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming from 1949 to 1954. He was the Wyoming Democratic Party Chairman from 1954 to 1958. He was the Governor of Wyoming from 1958 to 1960. As Governor, he appointed himself as United States Senator from Wyoming from 1961 to 1962, but lost election in 1962. He was in private practice of law in Rawlins from 1962 to 1966.[2][3]

Federal judicial service

Hickey was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson on May 12, 1966, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit vacated by Judge John Coleman Pickett. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 9, 1966, and received his commission the same day. His service was terminated on September 22, 1970, due to his death in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was interred in Rawlins Cemetery.[2][3][4]

References

Political offices
Preceded by
Milward Simpson
Governor of Wyoming
1959–1961
Succeeded by
Jack R. Gage
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Joseph C. O'Mahoney
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Wyoming
1961–1962
Served alongside: Gale W. McGee
Succeeded by
Milward Simpson
Legal offices
Preceded by
John Coleman Pickett
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
1966–1970
Succeeded by
James Emmett Barrett
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