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Representative David Kincheloe of Kentucky

October 05, 1930
Representative David Kincheloe of Kentucky Image courtesy of Library of Congress The youngest county prosecutor in Kentucky history at the time, David Kincheloe served in the House for 16 years.
On this date, Representative David Kincheloe of Kentucky resigned his House seat to serve as a judge on the U.S. Customs Court. Kincheloe, born in 1877 near Sacramento, Kentucky, graduated from Bowling Green College in 1898 and passed the Kentucky bar a year later. At age 24, he was elected as a county prosecuting attorney—reportedly making him the youngest such official in Kentucky history. In 1914, he was elected to an open seat in the 64th Congress (1915–1917), representing a district in the southwestern part of the state. He defeated his Republican opponent with 57 percent of the vote. In his subsequent seven successful campaigns for re-election he won by majorities of between 52 and 63 percent, and was unopposed in 1924. Kincheloe served in the House for 16 years, earning seats on four committees including the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries and the Agriculture Committee, where he was the second-ranking Member in his final term. On September 22, 1930, President Herbert Hoover appointed him associate judge of the U.S. Customs Court—the forerunner of the modern U.S. Court of International Trade, with jurisdiction over cases related to customs and international trade law. Kincheloe remained on the court until he retired in 1948.

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