Judge, Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1938-d. 1945. Judge, Western District of Kentucky, 1935-1938.
Elwood Hamilton served as a judge on the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 1938 to 1945. Previously, he served as a judge on the Western District of Kentucky from 1935 to 1938. Hamilton was born in Benson, Kentucky in 1883. He was a graduate of the University of Louisville School of law and practiced at a private firm in Frankfort from 1905 to 1935. During these years, he also served as a state representative for Kentucky (1912-1914) and as a state tax collector (1917 and 1922). On June 14, 1935 President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Hamilton to serve as judge on the Western District Court of Kentucky, to a seat vacated by Judge Charles I. Dawson. He was confirmed by the Senate on June 18, 1945 and served in this position until April 1, 1938, when Roosevelt nominated him to the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, to a position vacated by Judge Charles Harwood Moorman. Hamilton served on the Court until his death on September 19, 1945.