George Neves Leighton (b. October 22, 1912, in New Bedford, Massachusetts) is a retired African-American judge.
The son of immigrants from the African Cape Verde Islands, Leighton graduated from Howard University in 1940 and from Harvard Law School in 1946. He was in private practice from 1946-1964, was a judge with the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois from 1964-1969, and was a judge with the First District Appellate Court of Illinois from 1969-1976.
Read more about George Leighton, free from SouthCoastToday.com. In 1975, President Gerald Ford nominated Leighton to a seat on the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. He was confirmed on February 2, 1976, and received commission on February 4, 1976. He retired from this position on November 30, 1987, and returned to the practice of law with the firm of Earl L. Neal & Associates.
Leighton became a Life Member in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1964, having served the Chicago branch as president and general counsel for several years.
Leighton, a lifelong chess fan, was married to the late Virginia Berry Quivers and has two daughters, Virginia Anne and Barbara Elaine.