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Malcolm Wilkey

Malcolm Richard Wilkey
Born (1918-12-06)December 6, 1918
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Died August 15, 2009(2009-08-15) (aged 90)
Santiago, Chile
Cause of death Prostate cancer
Residence Santiago, Chile 1990–2009
Nationality  United States
Ethnicity White
Education A.B. 1940 (Phi Beta Kappa)
LL.B. 1948
Alma mater Harvard College, Harvard Law School
Occupation Lawyer, judge, ambassador

private practice of law in Houston until 1954
U.S. Attorney, Houston, Texas 1954–1958
Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel 1958– General Counsel, Kennecott Copper 1963–1970
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1970–1990

Ambassador to Uruguay, 1985–1990
Known for investigating 1992 House banking scandal
1982 case ruled unconstitutional the legislative veto
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Emma Secul Wilkey 1959–2009 (widow)

Malcolm Richard Wilkey (December 6, 1918 - August 15, 2009) was a United States federal judge and ambassador.


Born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Wilkey received an A.B. from Harvard University in 1940 and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1948. He was in the United States Army 1941–1945, serving in George Patton's Third Army. He left active duty as a Major. He continued in the United States Army Reserve 1946–1953 leaving as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was in private practice in Houston, Texas 1948–1954. He was an Instructor, University of Houston Law Center 1949–1954. He was U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas 1954–1958. He was United States Assistant Attorney General of Office of Legal Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice 1958–1959, and Assistant attorney general of Criminal Division, 1959–1961. He was in private practice in Texas 1961–1963, then General counsel and secretary of Kennecott Copper Corporation 1963–1970.

He was a member of the Advisory Panel on International Law for the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, 1969–1973.

Wilkey was a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. U.S. President Richard Nixon, on February 16, 1970, nominated him to the seat vacated by Warren E. Burger. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 24, 1970, and received his commission on February 25, 1970. He assumed senior status on December 6, 1984. Wilkey's judicial service ended November 8, 1985 when he retired.

From 1985 he was a visiting fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge University.[2]

In 1989 he was chairman of the President's Commission on Federal Ethics Law Reform. Griffin B. Bell, U.S. Attorney General under President Jimmy Carter, was vice chairman.[3]

President Ronald Reagan appointed him U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay in 1985, and President George H. W. Bush continued him in that post[2] until his retirement in 1990.[4]

In 1992, the Attorney General appointed him to determine whether federal criminal violations had taken place in the House banking scandal.[3]



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  • Federal Judicial Center.
  • (useless State Department biography)

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