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Ralph B. Maxwell

District Court Judge

Appointed in 1967

Judge Maxwell was born in Devils Lake, North Dakota on November 26, 1919. Graduated from elementary school Turtle Mountain Consolidated Indian Day School, Belcourt and the Rolla High School. He received a B. S. degree in Commerce from the University of North Dakota, and L. L. B. degree from the Law School of the University of North Dakota in 1947. He was admitted to the North Dakota Bar that same year. He served as State's Attorney of Rolette County, 1949-1953; Assistant United States Attorney and United States Attorney for North Dakota, 1953-1958. From 1958-1967 he was in private practice at West Fargo, North Dakota. On August 1, 1967 he was appointed Judge of the First Judicial District by Governor William L. Guy. He served in that capacity until 1978. Judge Maxwell died Sept. 28, 2014, at the age of 94.