Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit. Nominated by Grover Cleveland on April 14, 1893, to a new seat authorized by 27 Stat. 434; Confirmed by the Senate on April 15, 1893, and received commission on April 15, 1893. Service terminated on June 30, 1905, due to retirement.
Richard Norris Brooke (1847 – 1920), a native of Warrenton, Virginia, studied at the Pennsylvania Academy and then in Paris with Leon Bonnat, a realist and portrait painter. One of Mr. Brooke’s paintings, Pastoral Visit, a portrait of an elderly black minister with a family of his parishioners, was for years one of the most popular paintings at the Corcoran Gallery. Like many other portraits painted by Mr. Brooke, this is considered a sympathetic and dignified depiction of a fellow Southerner, an African-American man, painted in 1880, just years after the Civil War. Brooke viewed blacks as an “integral part of Southern culture and wanted to represent them as such.”
Private practice, Baltimore, Maryland, 1864-1867
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1867-1893
Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, 1876-1909
Dean, Georgetown University Law Center, 1907