A bill was passed last week in the U.S. House of Representatives that would name the courthouse after Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr., who presided there starting in 1990, achieved senior status in 2006 and spent 1994-2001 as its chief judge.
“Humble to the extreme. Humble by nature, it is a testament to his character that Judge Stamp would never personally seek this type of recognition,” McKinley said. “But he has earned it and his peers would like to see that recognition for him.”
After active military service in the United States Army, Stamp spent 30 years practicing as an attorney in the city. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush appointed him to the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of West Virginia.
A lifelong Wheeling resident, Stamp was a member of the 2017 Class of the Wheeling Hall of Fame.
The federal courthouse in Wheeling is one step closer to being named after one of the most notable judges to serve in its halls.
The bill was put forth by Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., a Wheeling resident himself. In remarks on the House floor prior to the vote, McKinley lauded Stamp’s career and character and said it would be wonderful if the judge could be honored in this way.
He has been President of the West Virginia Bar Association, a Fellow of the American Bar Association, Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and member and president of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia.
Stamp also has been a member of the West Virginia Board of Regents from 1970-77 and served as chair in 1973-74. He also sat on and chaired the West Virginia Commission on Higher Education and was on the boards of trustees at Wheeling Jesuit University, Davis & Elkins College and The Linsly School.
“In West Virginia, Judge Stamp is known for his commitment to service above self,” McKinley said. “… He has been a steadfast and respected pillar of West Virginia.” The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration. The time frame for a decision from the Senate, or when the courthouse would ultimately bear Stamp’s name if approved, is not known.
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