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Thomas Howard DuVal

Thomas Howard DuVal (November 4 1813 – October 10 1880) was a United States federal judge in the 19th century.

DuVal was born in Buckingham County, Virginia and graduated from St. Joseph's College in 1833. He read law in 1837 and went into private practice in Tallahassee, Florida from 1837 to 1841. He was a Court of Appeals Clerk for Leon County, Florida from 1841 to 1843 and then became U.S. Territorial Secretary for the Territory of Florida from 1843 to 1846. Following this, Duval served as a Supreme Court Reporter for Texas in 1846. before going back into private practice in Austin, Texas from 1846 to 1855. He also became as Secretary of State of Texas in 1851 and later a judge in the Second Judicial District, State of Texas from 1855 to 1856.

On February 26 1857 DuVal was nominated by President Franklin Pierce to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, created by 11 Stat. 164. His nomination was confirmed five days later by the United States Senate on March 3 1857, and he received his commission the very same day. DuVal continued to serve in this role until his death in Fort Omaha, Nebraska.


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