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United States Attorneys' Mission Statement

The United States Attorneys serve as the nation's principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.  There are 93 United States Attorneys stationed throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. United States Attorneys are appointed by, and serve at the discretion of, the President of the United States, with the advice and consent of the United States Senate.  Each United States Attorney is the chief federal law enforcement officer of the United States within his or her particular jurisdiction.

United States Attorneys conduct most of the trial work in which the United States is a party. The United States Attorneys have three statutory responsibilities under Title 28, Section 547 of the United States Code:

  • the prosecution of criminal cases brought by the Federal Government;
  • the prosecution and defense of civil cases in which the United States is a party; and
  • the collection of debts owed the Federal Government which are administratively uncollectible.

Although the distribution of caseload varies between districts, each U.S. Attorney’s Office deals with every category of cases and handles a mixture of simple and complex litigation. Each United States Attorney exercises wide discretion in the use of his/her resources to further the priorities of the local jurisdictions and needs of their communities.

History of United States Attorneys for the District of Massachusetts:

Christopher Gore

1789-1796

Harrison G. Otis

1796

John Davis

1796-1801

George Blake

1801-1829

Andrew Dunlop

1829-1835

John Mills

1835-1841

Franklin Dexter

1841-1845

Robert Rantoul Jr.

1845-1850

George Lunt

1850-1853

Benjamin F. Hallett

1853-1857

Charles L. Woodbury

1857-1861

Richard H. Dana Jr.

1861-1868

George S. Hillard

1868-1870

David H. Mason

1870-1873

George P. Sanger

1873-1886

George M. Stearns

1886-1887

Owen A. Galvin

1887-1890

Frank D. Allen

1890-1893

Sherman Hoar

1893-1897

Boyd B. Jones

1897-1901

Henry P. Moultin

1901-1905

Melvin O. Adams

1905-1906

Asa P. French

1906-1914

George W. Anderson

1914-1917

Thomas J. Boynton

1917-1920

Danial J. Gallagher

1920-1921

Robert O. Harris

1921-1925

Harold P. Williams

1925-1926

Frederick H. Tarr

1926-1933

Francis J. W. Ford

1933-1938

John A. Canavan

1938-1939

Edmund J. Brandon

1939-1946

George F. Garrity

1946-1947

William T. McCarthy

1947-1949

George F. Garrity

1949-1953

Anthony Julian

1953-1959

Elliot L. Richardson

1959-1961

W. Arthur Garrity

1961-1966

Paul F. Markham

1966-1969

Herbert F. Travers Jr.

1969-1971

James N. Gabriel

1971-1972

Joseph L. Tauro

1972

James N. Gabriel

1973-1977

Edward F. Harrington

1977-1981

William F. Weld

1981-1986

Robert S. Mueller III

1986-1987

Frank L. McNamara Jr.

1987-1989

Jeremiah T. O’Sullivan

1989

Peter A. Mullin

1989

Wayne A. Budd

1989-1992

A. John Pappalardo

1992-1993

Donald K. Stern

1993-2001

Michael J. Sullivan

2001-2009

Carmen M. Ortiz

2009-present

 

 

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