Roy Mahlon Shelbourne

Roy Mahlon Shelbourne (November 12, 1890 December 29, 1974) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Bardwell, Kentucky, Shelbourne received an A.B. from Union University, Tennessee in 1912 and an LL.B. from Cumberland University in 1913. He was in private practice in Bardwell, Kentucky from 1913 to 1927. He was a County attorney of Carlisle County, Kentucky from 1918 to 1926. He was a President, Bardwell Deposit Bank from 1926 to 1936. He was in private practice in Paducah, Kentucky from 1936 to 1946.

Shelbourne was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. Shelbourne was nominated by President Harry S. Truman on January 17, 1946, to a seat vacated by Shackelford Miller. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 5, 1946, and received his commission on February 8, 1946. He served as chief judge from 1948-1960. He assumed senior status on November 1, 1964. Shelbourne served in that capacity until his death, in Louisville, Kentucky.


Legal offices
Preceded by
Shackelford Miller, Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
Succeeded by
James Fleming Gordon
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