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William Matthew Kidd (June 15, 1918 – December 20, 1998) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Burnsville, West Virginia, Kidd was in the United States Navy during World War II, from 1942 to 1945. He received an LL.B. from West Virginia University College of Law in 1950. He was a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1950 to 1952. He was in private practice in West Virginia from 1952 to 1974. He was a Prosecuting attorney of Braxton County, West Virginia from 1962 to 1970. He was a judge on the 14th Judicial Circuit, West Virginia from 1974 to 1976. He was a Chief judge, 14th Judicial Circuit, West Virginia from 1976 to 1979.

Kidd was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Kidd was nominated by President Jimmy Carter on November 30, 1979, to a new seat created by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 20, 1979, and received his commission on December 21, 1979. Kidd served in that capacity until January 14, 1983, due to assignment to another court.

Kidd was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. He was reassigned on January 14, 1983; Assumed senior status on January 15, 1990. Kidd served in that capacity until his death, in Morgantown, West Virginia.

SourcesEdit

  • William Matthew Kidd at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Legal offices
Preceded by
new seat
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
1979–1983
Succeeded by
seat abolished
Preceded by
new seat
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
1983–1990
Succeeded by
Frederick Pfarr Stamp, Jr.

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