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This dataset contains information about the appointments and careers of all federal judges in United States history since 1789. It includes judges who "judges presidentially appointed during good behavior who have served since 1789 on the U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the Supreme Court of the United States, the former U.S. Circuit Courts, and the federal judiciary's courts of special jurisdiction." Some of the unnecessary information from the source has been excluded.


Two data frames, judges_people and judges_appointments.

Data frames

The data frame judges_people contains information about the judges, such as names and vital information. The data frame judges_appointments contains information about their appointments, such as the name of the court, nominating president, and the dates of service.


This data is taken from the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, 1789-present.