James Marshall Sprouse

James Marshall Sprouse
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
In office
September 13, 1979  October 31, 1992
Appointed by Jimmy Carter
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by M. Blane Michael
Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
In office
January 1, 1973  June 27, 1975
Preceded by John E. Carrigan
Succeeded by Edwin F. Flowers
Personal details
Born (1923-12-03)December 3, 1923
Williamson, West Virginia, U.S.
Died July 3, 2004(2004-07-03) (aged 80)
Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.
Alma mater St. Bonaventure University
Columbia Law School
University of Bordeaux

James Marshall Sprouse (December 3, 1923 July 3, 2004) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Williamson, West Virginia, Sprouse was in the United States Army, 104th Division, during World War II from 1942 to 1945. He received an A.B. from St. Bonaventure University in 1947 and an LL.B. from Columbia Law School in 1949. He was an Assistant state attorney general of West Virginia in 1949. He was a Fulbright scholar, international law, University of Bordeaux, France in 1950. He was a Counsel, Displaced Persons Commission from 1950 to 1951. He was in private practice in West Virginia from 1951 to 1952. He was with the Central Intelligence Agency from 1952 to 1957. He was in private practice in West Virginia from 1957 to 1972. He ran for Governor of West Virginia in 1968, narrowly winning the Democratic nomination, but lost the general election to Republican congressman Arch Moore. He was a Justice, West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals from 1972 to 1975 when he resigned to make a second run for Governor, losing the Democratic primary to Jay Rockefeller. He was in private practice in West Virginia from 1975 to 1979.

Sprouse was a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Sprouse was nominated by President Jimmy Carter on July 5, 1979, to a new seat created by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 11, 1979, and received his commission on September 13, 1979. He assumed senior status on October 31, 1992. Sprouse served in that capacity until July 31, 1995, due to retirement.

He died in Charleston, West Virginia.


Legal offices
Preceded by
new seat
Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Succeeded by
M. Blane Michael
Party political offices
Preceded by
Hulett C. Smith
Democratic Party nominee for Governor of West Virginia
Succeeded by
Jay Rockefeller
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