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The Honorable Myron H. Bright
Judge Bright was born in 1919 and was received his commission to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals on June 7, 1968. In April 2009 he reached an important milestone in Eighth Circuit history: He had been hearing cases with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals for 40 years and 8 months, which is longer than any other judge ever appointed to this Court.* This took place on April 15 when Judge Bright sat with Judge Murphy and Judge Bye in the third division's northeast courtroom in St. Louis' Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse.
Judge Bright continued to serve the Court for another 7 years and 5 months. After 48 years judicial service, Judge Bright heard his last case at the age of 97, on September 23, 2016, just three months before his death on December 12.
*Judge Joseph W. Woodrough served on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals for 44 years from 1933 to 1977, but he stopped hearing cases when he took senior status in 1961, working a total of "only" 28 years.
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