John Moses Cheney

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John Moses Cheney
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
In office
August 26, 1912 – March 3, 1913
Appointed by William Howard Taft
Preceded by James William Locke
Succeeded by Rhydon Mays Call
Personal details
Born
John Moses Cheney

(1859-01-06)January 6, 1859
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
DiedJune 2, 1922(1922-06-02) (aged 63)
Orlando, Florida
Education Boston University School of Law ( LL.B.)

John Moses Cheney (January 6, 1859 – June 2, 1922) was a Florida attorney and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. A Republican, Cheney represented African American clients during the segregation era and supported voter registration drives during his U.S. Senate campaign in the era of white supremacy supported by the Democratic Party in Florida and across the south. Efforts to register African Americans resulted in the Ocoee massacre. [1]

Education and career

Born on January 6, 1859, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, [2] Cheney received a Bachelor of Laws in 1885 from the Boston University School of Law. He entered private practice in Orlando, Florida from 1886 to 1906. He was city attorney for Orlando from 1889 to 1890. He was a Supervisor for the United States Census for Florida in 1900. He was the owner of the Orlando Light and Water Company from 1901 to 1922. He was the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida from 1906 to 1912. [3]

Federal judicial service

Cheney received a recess appointment from President William Howard Taft on August 26, 1912, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida vacated by Judge James William Locke. He was nominated to the same position by President Taft on December 3, 1912. His service terminated on March 3, 1913, after his nomination was not confirmed by the United States Senate, which never held a vote on his nomination. [3]

Later career and death

Cheney resumed private practice in Orlando from 1913 to 1922. He died on June 2, 1922, in Orlando. [3]

See also

References

  1. ^ Hoffmann, Carlee; Hoffman, Carlee; Strom, Claire (2014). "A Perfect Storm: The Ocoee Riot of 1920". The Florida Historical Quarterly. 93 (1): 37–38 – via JSTOR.
  2. ^ Cutler, Harry Gardner (25 March 2019). "History of Florida: Past and Present, Historical and Biographical". Lewis publishing Company – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b c John Moses Cheney at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Matthew B. MacFarlane
Republican nominee for Governor of Florida
1908
Succeeded by
William R. O'Neal
First Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Florida
( Class 3)

1920
Vacant
Title next held by
Thomas E. Swanson
Legal offices
Preceded by
James William Locke
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
1912–1913
Succeeded by
Rhydon Mays Call