Casper Platt

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Casper Platt
Born June 6, 1892
Danville, Illinois
Died September 16, 1965(1965-09-16) (aged 73)
Nationality United States
Occupation federal judge

Casper Platt (June 6, 1892 – September 16, 1965) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Danville, Illinois, Platt received a B.A. from the University of Illinois in 1914 and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1916. He was in private practice in Danville, Illinois from 1916 to 1917. He was in the United States Army during World War I, from 1917 to 1918. After the war, he returned to private practice in Danville until 1933, also working as a city attorney for Danville from 1927 to 1928. He was a judge on the Fifth Circuit Court of Illinois from 1933 to 1949.

On September 15, 1949, President Harry S Truman nominated Platt to be a judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Illinois. Platt was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 12, 1949, and received his commission on October 13, 1949. He served as chief judge from 1956 until his death in 1965.

The University of Chicago Law School named the Casper Platt Award for the best student paper in his honor.[1] Danville Area Community College also named a scholarship after him.[2]

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  1. "Honors and Prizes". http://www.law.uchicago.edu/announcements/6472.htm. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
  2. "Casper Platt Memorial Scholarship". http://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships/scholarships/98488-casper-platt-memorial-scholarship. Retrieved December 30, 2011.

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