Oldest Full-Time Federal Employees:

Who are they? I don't know the answer, but I suspect Senator Byrd (born Nov. 20, 1917) and Justice Stevens (born April 20, 1920) are right up there. I haven't checked the House of Representatives, though.

Post your answers in the comments, with birthdays (exact or approximate) and pointers to sources supporting your claim. I'm looking for current employees, not past ones. I'm also looking for full-time employees, not retired or semiretired ones.

I think Justice Stevens is the oldest active judge in the federal judiciary.

Clarence Brimmer (D. Wyo.) was born in 1922, and Judges Pregerson (CA9), Widener (CA4), and Brieant (SDNY) were all born in 1923. All are active, according to the fjc website, and all are younger than Justice Stevens.
4.3.2006 8:49pm
Sorry. Sources here.

4.3.2006 8:51pm
According to this site (updated sometime between 2004 and now), the oldest Rep. is Ralph Hall (D-TX), born in 1923.
4.3.2006 8:54pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
I see senior judges as semi-retired, and thus not potential answers to this question.
4.3.2006 9:00pm
DG (mail):
The site from the above (3rd) post was last updated November 28, 2005.
4.3.2006 9:03pm
Anon IP Lawyer (mail) (www):
I'm not sure if senior judges that maintain a regular (nonitermittant) schedule count - the work they did didn't seem "semiretired" when I was a clerk. If so, Judge Daniel M. Friedman may have a claim.

Birthdate: Feb. 8, 1916
Government Service: 1942-present
4.3.2006 9:03pm
NYU Jew (mail):
Can Stevens really be considered a full-time employee? Nothing against him personally, but I doubt he puts in more than 25-30 hours in an average week.
4.3.2006 9:03pm
All of the judges I listed are fully active, according to I think Stevens is the oldest active federal judge. The ones I listed are there because they are a moderately close second/third.
4.3.2006 9:24pm
Eric Muller (www):
I nominate John E. Taylor, who has been working at the National Archives since 1945. I see him every time I go there to do research.

See this link.
4.3.2006 9:59pm
Simon (391563) (mail) (www):
How about Bernard Hollander, Senior Trial Attorney, Department of Justice Antitrust Division? He began working for the DOJ in 1949, but spent four years of World War II in the Navy, and graduated from Haverford in 1937.
4.3.2006 11:06pm
Andrew W. Marshall remains the full-time Director of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as he has been since 1973. I believe he was born in 1922 or thereabouts.
4.4.2006 12:02am
Walk It:
Oldest Full-Time Federal Employees:

The lady working the window at my local post office has to be at least 100...
4.4.2006 1:29am
Walk It:
She is friendly though... slow, hardofhearing, but friendly.
4.4.2006 1:30am
Robert Schwartz (mail):
Term Limits!
4.4.2006 4:34am
Bill Harshaw (mail) (www):
1972, 1949, 1945 are mere whippersnappers compared to Bruno Mangum who started in 1936. (USDA news

Don't know if he's the longest serving, but 69 years of service puts him up there.
4.4.2006 11:01am
blahblahblah (mail):
John Keeney, Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division, has been at DOJ since 1951. (DC Bar article.) He was born around 1925. And he has a DOJ building named after him. Probably not the oldest in the executive branch, but getting up there.
4.4.2006 12:23pm
Bill Harshaw (mail) (www):
Whoops—my post on Bruno Mangum omitted his birthday—Dec. 18, 1916. And I screwed up the link to the USDA page. Here's another try but a Google on "Bruno Mangum" gets it.
4.4.2006 2:43pm
JBurgess (mail) (www):
While I don't know his name, there was a guy at the FAA who had been working there since the day its original predecessor agency--The Aeronautic Branch--opened its doors in the 1930s. He was over 100 in 2000, when they finally got him out the door.
4.4.2006 3:57pm
Ciarand Denlane (mail):
I know Herman Marcuse, born 1910, was working at OLC at least until a couple of years ago.
4.4.2006 4:41pm
Bpbatista (mail):
Are Stevens and Byrd really "employees"? While their paychecks may be drawn on the federal treasury, the federal government did not hire them and cannot fire them. Byrd was "hired" by the voters of West Virginia and is more correctly described as an employee of the voters of that state. Stevens was appointed by an elected President and confirmed by an elected Senate -- none of whom are rightly considered employees of the Federal government.
4.6.2006 4:01pm