July/August 2012
Judge McManus celebrates 50 years on the bench!

Congratulations to U.S. District Court Judge Edward J. McManus, of the Northern District of Iowa, who recently celebrated 50 years on the federal bench. He is the second longest-serving district court judge in the country. He was appointed by President John F. Kennedy in July 1962. He served as chief judge for the district from 1962-1985. He took senior status in 1985, but continues to carry a reduced caseload and has no plans to retire.

Judge McManus served on a three-judge panel that ordered the reapportionment of the Iowa Legislature (Davis v. Synhorst, 217 F. Supp. 492). He also presided over the Wounded Knee uprising convictions (U.S. v. Crow Dog, 399 F. Supp. 228) and the trial of two Indians acquitted of the murder of two FBI agents in South Dakota.

Read more about Judge McManus: The Gazette article with Q & A

FJC Bio with oral history