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John Patrick Fullam
Born John Patrick Fullam
(1921-12-10)December 10, 1921
Gardenville, Pennsylvania
Died March 8, 2018(2018-03-08) (aged 96)
Wallingford, Pennsylvania
Education Villanova University (B.S.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)

John Patrick Fullam (December 10, 1921 – March 8, 2018) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Education and career[edit | edit source]

Born in Gardenville, Pennsylvania, Fullam graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1942. From 1942 to 1948 Fullam served in the United States Navy Reserve. He received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1948. From 1948 to 1960 he worked in private practice in Bristol, Pennsylvania. From 1960 to 1966 he was a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas for Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Federal judicial service[edit | edit source]

On January 19, 1966 President Lyndon Johnson nominated Fullam to the Eastern District, to a seat vacated by Judge Abraham Lincoln Freedman. Fullam was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 10, 1966, and received commission on August 11, 1966. Fullam served as Chief Judge from 1986 to 1990 and assumed senior status on April 1, 1990. He took inactive senior status on April 15, 2011.[1]

Notable cases[edit | edit source]

During his 45 years on the Federal bench, Fullam presided over such cases as the bankruptcy of the Penn Central Transportation Company, the largest corporate bankruptcy at that time, and the Abscam political corruption probe.[2]

Death[edit | edit source]

Fullam died on March 8, 2018 at Plush Mills Senior Living in Wallingford, Pennsylvania.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

  • John Patrick Fullam at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Abraham Lincoln Freedman
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
1966–1990
Succeeded by
William H. Yohn Jr.
Preceded by
Alfred Leopold Luongo
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
1986–1990
Succeeded by
Louis Charles Bechtle

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