- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 18, 2006

James Anton, a former federal judge and minority counsel for President Lyndon B. Johnson, died of heart failure March 23 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis. He was 92.

Mr. Anton was born in Concord, N.H.

In 1943, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the artillery at Fort Sill, Okla., where he was an aide to Gen. James Lewis of the 32nd Brigade. The next year, he participated in the Allied landing in Normandy and flew 37 missions in a Piper Cub, for which he received an Air Medal with oak leaf clusters.

After leaving the military, Mr. Anton was a member of the New Hampshire state House of Representatives in 1946 and 1947. He came to the District in 1947 with then-Sen. Stiles Bridges of New Hampshire and became an assistant journal clerk for the U.S. Senate.

Mr. Anton graduated from the Georgetown School of Law in 1952. He worked for the Civil Aeronautical Board and the Interstate Commerce Commission before being appointed a federal judge and later becoming President Johnson’s minority counsel.

Mr. Anton later began his own law practice and lived on Maryland Avenue on Capitol Hill, becoming known as the “Mayor of Maryland Avenue.”

He owned two antique stores in the District and participated in many shows along the Eastern Seaboard. After retiring from his law practice, he traveled extensively in Russia to collect antiques.

In 1992, Mr. Anton moved to Indiana to marry Elizabeth Gilmore.

He was a member of the D.C. Bar Association, the Capitol Hill Garden Club, the American Legion and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in the District. He donated his papers to the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, Texas, and also donated his service and political papers to the State Library of New Hampshire.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Anton’s survivors include a daughter, Linda Anton of Newburyport, Mass.; two sons, James Edward Anton of Mobile, Ala., and William Anton of Hilton Head, S.C.; two sisters, Jeanette Slattery of Concord, N.H., and Julia Chamberlain of Farmington, Mass., and five grandchildren. He was twice widowed.

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