Charles Weston Houck

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Charles Weston Houck
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
In office
October 1, 2003 – July 19, 2017
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
In office
1993–2000
Preceded by Falcon Black Hawkins Jr.
Succeeded by Joseph Fletcher Anderson Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
In office
September 26, 1979 – October 1, 2003
Appointed by Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Succeeded by Robert Bryan Harwell
Personal details
Born Charles Weston Houck
(1933-04-16)April 16, 1933
Florence, South Carolina
Died July 19, 2017(2017-07-19) (aged 84)
Charleston, South Carolina
Education University of South Carolina School of Law (LL.B.)

Charles Weston Houck (April 16, 1933 – July 19, 2017) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Florence, South Carolina, Houck received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1956, and was in the United States Army from 1957 to 1958. He was in private practice in Florence from 1958 to 1979, also serving as a South Carolina state representative from 1963 to 1966. He was Chairman of the Florence, South Carolina City-County Building Commission from 1968 to 1976.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On June 5, 1979, Houck was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a new seat on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina created by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 25, 1979, and received his commission on September 26, 1979.[1] He served as Chief Judge from 1993 to 2000, and assumed senior status on October 1, 2003, serving in that status until his death in Florence, South Carolina on July 19, 2017.[2][3]

Notable case[edit]

Houck ruled in 1993 that The Citadel must admit women to the Corps of Cadets. Shannon Faulkner was the plaintiff in that case.[2]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
1979–2003
Succeeded by
Robert Bryan Harwell
Preceded by
Falcon Black Hawkins Jr.
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
1993–2000
Succeeded by
Joseph Fletcher Anderson Jr.