Born: August 23, 1891
Lexington, Virginia

Died: August 4, 1971

Elijah Barrett Prettyman

Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit
Nominated by Harry S Truman on September 12, 1945, to a seat vacated by Justin Miller; Confirmed by the Senate on September 24, 1945, and received commission on September 28, 1945. Served as chief judge, 1958-1960. Assumed senior status on April 16, 1962. Service terminated on August 4, 1971, due to death.

Randolph-Macon College, B.A., 1910
Randolph-Macon College, A.M., 1911
Georgetown University Law School, LL.B., 1915

Frame Dimensions
Oil on canvas 55″ X 35″

C.J. Fox. The portraits of Judges Prettyman, Robb, Stephens, and Miller bear the signature “C.J. Fox” but may have been painted by another artist associated with the Charles J. Fox portraiture firm.

Professional Career:

Private practice, Hopewell, Virginia, 1915-1917
U.S. Army Captain, 1917-1919
Special attorney, Internal Revenue Department, Washington, D.C., and New York City, 1919-1920
Private practice, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City, 1920-1933
General counsel, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Washington, D.C., 1933-1934
Corporation counsel, Washington, D.C., 1934-1936
Private practice, Washington, D.C., and Hartford, Connecticut, 1936-1945

Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

  • Papers, 1901-1971. 62 linear ft. (57,000 items); finding aid; collection contains correspondence, diaries, subject and case files, writings, and miscellaneous material (1945-1965) relating primarily to Prettyman’s judicial career.
  • John J. Sirica papers, 1932-1986; 49.2 linear ft. (38,000 items); finding aid; restricted; correspondence.
  • Earl Warren papers, 1864-1974; 340.4 linear ft.; finding aid; correspondence.

Yale University Sterling Memorial Library, New Haven, Conn.

  • Brown vs. Board of Education collection, 1950-1975; 8.5 linear ft.; finding aid; represented
  • Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972; 104.25 linear ft. (218 boxes, 1 folio, 1 vol.); finding aid; restricted; correspondence.