Charles Henry Robb

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Charles Henry Robb
Charles H. Robb.jpg
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
In office
October 5, 1906 – November 15, 1937
Appointed by Theodore Roosevelt
Preceded by Charles H. Duell
Succeeded by Fred M. Vinson
Personal details
Born (1867-11-14)November 14, 1867
Malone, New York
Died June 10, 1939(1939-06-10) (aged 71)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Nettie M. George (m. 1897)
Children 2 (including Roger Robb)
Profession Lawyer

Charles Henry Robb (November 14, 1867 – June 10, 1939) was a United States federal judge.

Early life career[edit]

Charles H. Robb was born in Malone, New York, the son of Isaac W. Robb and Clara Slater Matthews.[2] He was raised in Lincoln, Rhode Island, Troy, New York and Guilford, Vermont. He read law with the firm of Kittredge Haskins and Edgar W. Stoddard,[3] attained admission to the bar in 1892, and practiced in Bellows Falls, Vermont from 1894 to 1902.[4]

Start of career[edit]

A Republican, from 1897 to 1901 he served as Windham County State's Attorney.[5][6][7] He then served as an attorney for the Internal Revenue Service.[8]

While practicing law in Vermont Robb was also involved in business and banking, and was an incorporator and officer of the Bellows Falls Trust Company.[9] He was also active in both the Vermont and American Bar Associations.[10]

Robb as Assistant Attorney General in 1905.

From 1903 to 1904 Robb was an Assistant Attorney General in the Post Office Department, where he investigated wrongdoing and prosecuted corrupt officials.[11][12]

Robb served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney General from 1904 to 1906.[13]

Federal judge[edit]

On October 5, 1906, Robb received a recess appointment from President Theodore Roosevelt to the seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit which was vacated when Charles H. Duell resigned. Formally nominated on December 3, 1906, Robb was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 11, 1906, and received his commission the same day. He served on the bench until he assumed senior status on November 15, 1937, and maintained his senior status until his death.[14][15][16][17]

While serving on the bench Judge Robb was also a member of the faculty at the National University Law School (now George Washington University Law School).[18]

Judge Robb died in Washington, D.C. on June 10, 1939.[19]


In 1897 Robb married Nettie M. George, the daughter of Dr. Ozias M. George of Bellows Falls.[20]

His son Roger Robb also served as a Judge for the D.C. Court of Appeals.[21][22][23]

His daughter Priscilla (October 20, 1914 – November 20, 2011) was the wife of airline pilot Elliot A. Billings (November 22, 1912 - November 7, 2011).[24]


  1. ^ "Robb-George: A Beautiful Rose Wedding Wednesday Evening; Brilliant Reception". Vermont Phoenix. Brattleboro, VT. June 25, 1897. p. 8. (Subscription required (help)).
  2. ^ Vermont Vital Records, 1720-1908, Marriage Record for Charles H, Robb and Nettie M. George, retrieved July 5, 2014
  3. ^ "Biography: Charles H. Robb". The Vermonter. St. Albans, Vermont: Charles S. Forbes: 214. February 1, 1905.
  4. ^ John William Leonard, Albert Nelson Marquis, Who's Who in America, Volume 5, 1908, page 1593
  5. ^ Vermont Auditor of Accounts, Annual Report, 1898, page 37
  6. ^ State of Vermont, State Officers' Reports, 1900, page 19
  7. ^ Washington Law Reporter, Mr. Justice Charles H. Robb, October 12, 1906, page 619
  8. ^ Boston Globe, Charles H. Robb Appointed, April 12, 1901
  9. ^ Lyman Simpson Hayes, History of the Town of Rockingham, Vermont, 1907, page 446
  10. ^ American Bar Association, Annual Report, Volume 31, 1895, page 186
  11. ^ The Law Student's Helper magazine, Judge Charles H. Robb, January, 1907, page 20
  12. ^ Boston Globe, What is Wrong: Report on New York Post Office; Irregularities in Conduct to be Corrected, May 13, 1904
  13. ^ New York Times, Charles H. Robb Succeeds Hoyt, March 13, 1904
  14. ^ Baltimore Sun, C. H. Robb Made Justice, October 6, 1906
  15. ^ Boston Globe, He is A Vermonter: C. H. Robb is Promoted by the President; Appointed Justice of District of Columbia Appeals Court, October 6, 1906
  16. ^ New York Times, Robb Will retire From Bench at 70, November 6, 1937
  17. ^ Associated Press, The Bend (Oregon) Bulletin, Federal Judge Robb Will Retire Nov. 15, November 5, 1937
  18. ^ Alfred Findlay Mason, Samuel Epes Turner, American Law School Review, Volume 5, 1922, page 51
  19. ^ New York Times, Justice C.H. Robb Dies in Washington: Spent 31 Years on U.S. Appeals Bench in District of Columbia, June 11, 1939
  20. ^ Hayes, Lyman Simpson (1907). History of the Town of Rockingham, Vermont. Lynn, MA: Frank S. Whitten. p. 662.
  21. ^ Drew Pearson, Washington Merry Go Round, Washington residents Took Bets on Pearson-Howser Libel Case, St. Petersburg Times, January 27, 1951
  22. ^ Ed Edstrom, Atty. Roger Robb -- Bails Out Republicans in Trouble, June 18, 1958
  23. ^ New York Times, Sketches of the Nine Judges Who Are Hearing Appeals on the Watergate Tapes, September 11, 1973
  24. ^ "Obituary: Priscilla Robb Billings". Cape Cod Times. Hyannis, MA. November 25, 2011.

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Preceded by
Charles H. Duell
Judge of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Succeeded by
Frederick M. Vinson