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Edwin L. Nelson

Edwin Levon Nelson (February 10, 1940 – May 17, 2003) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Brewton, Alabama, Nelson was in the United States Navy from 1958 to 1962. He received an LL.B. from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law in 1969, and was in private practice in Fort Payne, Alabama from 1969 to 1974.

Nelson served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Alabama from 1974 to 1990. On September 13, 1989, he was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama vacated by J. Foy Guin, Jr.. Nelson was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 23, 1990, and received his commission on January 24, 1990. Nelson served in that capacity until his death, in 2003.


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