Charles Merrill Hough

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Charles Hough
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
In office
August 21, 1916 – April 22, 1927
Appointed by Woodrow Wilson
Preceded by Emile Lacombe
Succeeded by Augustus Hand
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
In office
June 27, 1906 – August 21, 1916
Appointed by Theodore Roosevelt
Preceded by Seat established
Succeeded by Martin Manton
Personal details
Born (1858-05-18)May 18, 1858
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died April 22, 1927(1927-04-22) (aged 68)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Dartmouth College

Charles Merrill Hough (May 18, 1858 – April 22, 1927) was a longtime federal judge in New York City.

Hough attended Dartmouth College and then "read law" before being admitted to the New York bar in 1883. From 1884 to 1906, Hough practiced as a lawyer in private practice in New York.

In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt named Hough to a newly created judgeship on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. After Hough served on that court for ten years, in 1916 President Woodrow Wilson promoted Hough to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, on which he served until his death in 1927.

Hough was a highly respected judge and was admired by his colleague Learned Hand, according to Hand's biography by Gerald Gunther. His views were considered very conservative, especially in civil liberties cases. Hough was a recognized expert in admiralty law.

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Legal offices
New seat Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
1906–1916
Succeeded by
Martin Manton
Preceded by
Emile Lacombe
Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
1916–1927
Succeeded by
Augustus Hand