Cuthbert W. Pound

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Cuthbert W. Pound (1903)

Cuthbert Winfred Pound (June 20, 1864, Lockport, Niagara County, New York – February 3, 1935, Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician from New York. He was Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 1932 to 1934.


He was the son of Alexander Pound and Almina (Whipple) Pound. He was educated at Lockport High School; and graduated from Cornell University in 1884. Then he studied law at the office of his brother John (died 1904), was admitted to the bar in 1886, and practiced in partnership with his brother at Lockport.

He was a Republican member of the New York State Senate (29th D.) in 1894 and 1895. Afterwards he became a Law Professor at Cornell University and removed to Ithaca, N.Y.

In June 1900, he was appointed by Governor Theodore Roosevelt to the New York State Civil Service Commission, and remained in office until 1904. In 1903, his 11-year-old son Cuthbert W. Pound Jr. shot himself dead accidentally with a Flobert rifle.

Governor Frank W. Higgins chose Pound as Legal Adviser to the Governor, to take office on January 1, 1905, and in May 1906, appointed him to the New York Supreme Court, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Henry A. Childs. In November 1906, Pound was elected to a 14-year term to succeed himself.

Headstone of Cuthbert W. Pound, Cold Springs Cemetery, Lockport, New York.

On August 3, 1915, he was designated a judge of the New York Court of Appeals under the Amendment of 1899 to replace Nathan Lewis Miller who had resigned. In November 1916, he was elected on the Republican and Progressive tickets to a 14-year term on the Court of Appeals, and was re-elected in 1930. On March 8, 1932, he was appointed by Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt Chief Judge to succeed Benjamin N. Cardozo who had been appointed to the United States Supreme Court. In November 1932, he was re-elected and retired from the bench at the end of 1934 when he reached the constitutional age limit of 70 years.

He was member of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University from 1913 until his death. He was buried at Cold Springs Cemetery, in Lockport, New York.


New York State Senate
Preceded by
Cornelius R. Parsons
New York State Senate
29th District

Succeeded by
Myer Nussbaum
Legal offices
Preceded by
Benjamin N. Cardozo
Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
Succeeded by
Frederick E. Crane