Bert E. Haney

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Bert Emery Haney
Bert E. Haney.jpg
Haney in 1923
Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
In office
August 24, 1935 – September 18, 1943
Nominated by Franklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded by new position
Succeeded by Homer Bone
Personal details
Born April 10, 1879
Lafayette, Oregon
Died September 18, 1943(1943-09-18) (aged 64)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jessie A. Holmes

Bert Emery Haney, alternately Bert Emory Haney (April 10, 1879 – September 18, 1943), was an American attorney and jurist from Oregon. A native of Oregon, he served as United States Attorney for the Oregon District before becoming a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. A Democrat, he also served on the United States Shipping Board and was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate in 1926.

Early life[edit]

Bert Haney was born on April 10, 1879 in Lafayette, Yamhill County, Oregon.[1] The son of John Haney and Mary Haney (née Harris), he attended the local public schools in Lafayette.[1] After completing his secondary education, Haney attended Willamette University in Salem.[1] He then graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1903 with a bachelor's degree in laws.[2] At the time the school was still located in Portland.[1] Haney married Jessie A. Holmes on November 21, 1906.[1]

Legal career[edit]

On May 28, 1903, Haney passed the bar and was admitted to practice law by the Oregon Supreme Court.[1] He began working for William D. Fenton in June, remaining with him for one year.[1] On July 1, 1904, Haney was selected to serve as a deputy district attorney for Oregon's fourth judicial district, keeping the position until July 1, 1908.[1] A Democrat, he then started a legal partnership with George W. Joseph on that day and remained in private practice until 1918.[1][2]

During this time, he served as the chairman of the Oregon Democratic State Committee from 1910 to 1915.[2] Previously he had been secretary of the party's county and city committees from 1904 to 1907.[1] In 1918, Haney left private practice to become the United States Attorney for the District of Oregon.[2] Two years later he returned to private practice in Portland, and from 1922 to 1923 he also was the chairperson of the state's parole board.[2] In 1923, he left his legal practice and became a member of the United States Shipping Board, serving until 1926.[2]

In 1926, Haney ran as the Democratic Party nominee for the United States Senate against Frederick Steiwer and Robert N. Stanfield.[3][4] After losing to Steiwer, Haney returned to Portland and again resumed private legal practice, practicing until 1935.[2] On August 21, 1935, Haney was nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, California.[2] Two days later, the U.S. Senate confirmed Haney to the newly created seat on the court, and he received his commission on August 24.[2] He remained on the court until his death on September 18, 1943, at the age of 64.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Colmer, Montagu, and Charles Erskine Scott Wood. History of the Bench and Bar of Oregon. Portland, Or: Historical Pub. Co, 1910. p. 147.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Judges of the United States: Bert Emory Haney. Archived September 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved on May 9, 2008.
  3. ^ Index to Politicians: Handelsman to Hanlan. The Political Graveyard. Retrieved on May 9, 2008.
  4. ^ Overacker, Louise. Money in Elections. Politics and People. New York: Arno Press, 1974. p. 68.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
new seat
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Succeeded by
Homer Bone