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Garnett Thomas Eisele
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas

In office
August 6, 1970 – August 1, 1991 (assumed senior status)
Appointed by Richard Nixon
Preceded by Gordon Elmo Young
Succeeded by Billy Roy Wilson
Personal details
Born November 3, 1923(1923-11-03) (age 99)
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Residence Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas
Alma mater Washington University in St. Louis

Harvard Law School

Occupation Attorney

Garnett Thomas Eisele, known as G. Thomas Eisele (born November 3, 1923),[1] is a senior United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

A native of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Eisele had attended several Republican National Conventions with his grandfather, Martin Eisele.[2] He was a private in the United States Army during World War II from 1942 to 1946. In 1947, he procured a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He then obtained both LL.B. and LL.M. degrees in 1950 and 1951, respectively, from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From 1952 to 1961, Eisele was in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was in private practice in Hot Springs from 1951 to 1953. He was an assistant United States Attorney in the capital city of Little Rock from 1953 to 1955. After he was not nominated for U.S. Attorney, Eisele returned to private practice in Little Rock from 1956 to 1970. In the early 1960s, Eisele supported Winthrop Rockefeller's attempt to revive the Arkansas Republican Party. At the time Rockefeller was engaged in an intra-party rivalry with state chairman William L. Spicer of Fort Smith, the owner of a chain of drive-in theaters.

From 1966 to 1969, Eisele was the legal advisor to Rockefeller, who was elected governor in 1966 and 1968. Eisele was Rockefeller's choice for the district court position vacated in 1969 by Gordon E. Young. Two other Arkansas Republicans had expressed interest in the judgeship, Odell Pollard of Searcy in White County, then the state Republican chairman and the choice of former United States Senate nominee and later Arkansas state party chairman Charles T. Bernard, and state Circuit Judge Henry M. Britt of Hot Springs, the 1960 Republican gubernatorial nominee against Orval E. Faubus.[3] On January 23, 1970, U.S. President Richard M. Nixon nominated Eisele for the judgeship; he was confirmed by the Senate on August 5, 1970 and received his commission the following day. He served as chief judge from 1975 to 1991, having assumed senior status on August 1, 1991.


  1. Finn, Marie T. (1995). The American Bench. Forster-Long. p. 195.,+1923%22&dq=%22Born+Hot+Springs+Arkansas+Nov+3,+1923%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2eG5UrfJLaGSyQHXi4DAAg&ved=0CEIQ6AEwAA. 
  2. Osro Cobb, Osro Cobb of Arkansas: Memoirs of Historical Significance, Carol Griffee, ed. (Little Rock, Arkansas: Rose Publishing Company, 1989), p. 131
  3. Cathy Kunzinger Urwin, Agenda for Reform: Winthrop Rockefeller as Governor of Arkansas, 1967-71 (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1991), p. 170, ISBN 1-55728-200-5
  • Garnett Thomas Eisele at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Gordon Elmo Young
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
Succeeded by
Billy Roy Wilson

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