Ritter, Willis William
|born on||24 January 1899 at 14:15 (= 2:15 PM )|
|Place||Salt Lake City, Utah, 40n46, 111w53|
|Timezone||MST h7w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||04°44' 13°55 Asc. 23°13'|
United States federal judge.
Ritter received an A.B. from the University of Utah, and an LL.B. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1924. He was in private practice in Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. from 1924 to 1926. He was a professor of law at the University of Utah from 1926 to 1950, and in private practice in Salt Lake City, Utah from 1935 to 1949, also receiving an S.J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1940.
On October 21, 1949, Ritter received a recess appointment from President Harry S. Truman to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Utah vacated by Tillman D. Johnson. Formally nominated on January 5, 1950, Ritter was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 29, 1950, and received his commission on July 7, 1950. He served as chief judge from 1954 until his death, on March 4, 1978, in Salt Lake City.
Sy Scholfield quotes Patricia F. Cowley and Parker M. Nielson, "Thunder over Zion: The Life of Chief Judge Willis W. Ritter" (University of Utah Press, 2007): "insisted on taking her to Salt Lake City for the delivery, just in case she needed medical care. . . for May regained her health and her child, named Willis William Ritter, was born there in good health on January 24, 1899, at 2:15 pm."
- Vocation : Law : Jurist