James Hunter III

James Hunter III (December 26, 1916, Westville, New Jersey - February 10, 1989, Mount Holly Township, New Jersey) was an American jurist who served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Hunter received a B.A. from Temple University in 1936, and an LL.B. from University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1939. Hunter then served as an attorney in private practice in New Jersey from 1939 until 1971. He also served in the United States Marine Corps from 1942 until 1946.

Hunter was nominated to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by President Richard Nixon on July 19, 1971, to a seat vacated by William Francis Smith. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 21, 1971, and received his judicial commission on September 23, 1971. Hunter assumed senior status on June 30, 1986, and remained on the court until his death on February 10, 1989.

A resident of Medford, New Jersey, Hunter died of heart failure at the age of 72 on February 10, 1989, in a hospital in Mount Holly Township, New Jersey.[1]


  1. Staff. "James Hunter 3d, 72, Federal Appeals Judge", The New York Times, February 15, 1989. Accessed March 1, 2011. "James Hunter 3d, a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit since 1971, died of heart failure Friday at Burlington County Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, N.J. He was 72 years old and lived in Medford, N.J."


Legal offices
Preceded by
William Francis Smith
Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Succeeded by
Robert Cowen
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