Henry Luesing Brooks
Judge, Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1969-d. 1971. Judge, Western District of Kentucky, 1954-1969.
Henry Luesing Brooks served as a judge for the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 1969 to 1971. Previously, Brooks served as a judge for the Western District of Kentucky from 1954 to 1969. Brooks was born in Louisville, Kentucky on December 9, 1909. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1927 and his law degree from the Jefferson School of Law (later renamed University of Louisville School of Law) in 1929. Brooks practiced law at a private firm in Louisville from 1929 to 1954. During these years, he also served as a US Naval Reserve lieutenant in World War II from 1942 to 1954, as a circuit court judge for Jefferson County from 1946 to 1948, and taught law at the Jefferson School of Law from 1948 to 1952. On August 16, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower nominated Brooks to serve as a judge for the Western District Court, to a seat authorized by 68 Stat. 8. The Senate confirmed his nomination on August 18, 1954. On August 13, 1969, President Richard M. Nixon nominated Brooks to serve as a judge for the Sixth Circuit, to a new seat authorized by 82 Stat. 184. He was confirmed by the Senate on December 10, 1969, and he served in that capacity until his death on December 30, 1971.