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Munger, Thomas Charles

Born July 7, 1861, in Fletcher, OH
Died November 29, 1941, in Lincoln, NE

Federal Judicial Service

Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska

Nominated by Theodore Roosevelt on February 27, 1907, to a new seat authorized by 34 Stat. 997. Confirmed by the Senate on March 1, 1907, and received commission on March 1, 1907. Assumed senior status on July 31, 1941. Service terminated on November 29, 1941, due to death.


Grinnell College

Northwestern University

Read law, 1885

Professional Career

Private practice, Benkelman, Nebraska 1885-1886

County Attorney, Dundy County, Nebraska 1885-1886

Private practice, Lincoln, Nebraska 1886-1907

State representative, Nebraska, 1895-1897

County attorney, Lancaster County, Nebraska, 1897-1901


Judge T.C. Munger and his family are described in The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, by Alice Schroeder, 2008, Ch. 23: "The Mungers had started in poverty, but by the latter part of the nineteenth century, T.C. Munger, Charlie's grandfather, a federal judge, had brought the family to prominence, welcome in every drawing room in Omaha -- rather than only at the back door, delivering groceries, like the Buffetts. Judge Munger, an iron disciplinarian, had forced the whole family to read Robinson Crusoe to absorb the book's portrayal of the conquest of nature through discipline. He was known for giving longer jury instructions than any judge in the middle west. He liked to lecture his relatives on the virtue of saving and the vices of gambling and saloons." Id. at p. 223.

Court Memorial Proceedings, published in Nebraska Law Review (22 Neb. L. Rev. 146)

Portrait of Judge Munger displayed in Denney Federal Building

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