Viewing Presentation of the Portrait of Judge George F. MacKinnon (1985).
Five years after graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1929, George E. MacKinnon was elected as a Republican to the Minnesota House of Representatives. He was reelected three times. Though absorbed in politics, he maintained a private practice. After serving in the Navy during the war, he was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives, serving in 1947-1949. Defeated for reelection in 1948, he returned to private practice but remained active in the Republican Party. He served as U. S. Attorney in Minnesota from 1953 to 1958, when he ran unsuccessfully for governor. During the 1960s, he was an executive and house counsel for a large mutual fund. Shortly after taking office in 1969, Richard Nixon nominated MacKinnon to a seat on the influential "D. C. Circuit." He was confirmed by the Senate on May 5, 1969, took senior status on 1983, and died on May 1, 1995, at age eighty-nine.