U.S. District Judge Miles
W. Lord of the District
of Minnesota died on
December 10, at the age
of 97. He was one of the
founders of Minnesota’s
Labor party, and during
his service as a federal
judge, he presided over
a number of landmark
Miles Lord was born in 1919 and grew up in Crosby
on the Cuyuna Iron Range in northern Minnesota.
After serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World
War II, he graduated from University of Minnesota
Law School in 1948. He worked in private practice
in Minneapolis various years from 1948 to 1961
and was Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of
Minnesota from 1951 to 1952 and the Minnesota
Attorney General from 1955 to 1960. From 1961 until
his appointment to the federal bench, he was the U.S.
Attorney for the District of Minnesota.
Lord was appointed a U.S. District Judge for the
District of Minnesota in 1966. He served as chief judge
from 1981 to 1985, when he assumed senior status. A
few months later, in September 1985, he retired as a
federal judge and returned to private practice.
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