Claude C. McColloch

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Claude Charles McColloch
Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon
In office
August 20, 1937 – September 30, 1959
Nominated by Franklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded by John Hugh McNary
Succeeded by John Kilkenny
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon
In office
Preceded by James A. Fee
Succeeded by Gus J. Solomon
Personal details
Born January 14, 1888
Red Bluff, California
Died September 30, 1959(1959-09-30) (aged 71)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Erma Clifford

Claude Charles McColloch (January 14, 1888 – September 30, 1959) was an American attorney and judge in Oregon. A native of California, he served as a federal district court judge in Portland, Oregon, including four years as the courts chief judge. A Democrat, he also served in the Oregon State Senate.

Early life[edit]

Claude McColloch was born in Red Bluff, California, to Mary Elizabeth McColloch (née Wooddy) and her husband Charles Henry McColloch on January 14, 1888.[1] When Claude was two years old, the family relocated to Oregon where he received his education through high school in Portland.[1] McColloch entered Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, in 1904 and attended until 1907 when he left for the University of Chicago Law School.[1] He graduated from law school in 1909 with a Bachelor of Philosophy degree and was admitted to the Oregon bar in May of that year.[1]

Legal career[edit]

Returning to Oregon, he began private legal practice in Eastern Oregon in Baker City.[2] McColloch remained in Baker until 1913, and served in the Oregon State Senate after winning election to a four-year term in 1910.[2] A Democrat, he represented Baker County.[3] In 1913, he returned to Portland where he remained in private practice until 1926.[2]

While in Portland he served on the Port of Portland commission from 1922 to 1924.[2] In 1926, McColloch moved to Southern Oregon where he set up private practice in Klamath Falls.[2] He remained in that city until 1937, and served as chairman of Oregon’s Democratic Party in 1936.[2]

On August 5, 1937, United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated McColloch for a position on the United States District Court for the District of Oregon to replace the deceased John Hugh McNary.[2] McColloch was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 17, 1937, and joined the Portland-based court on August 20, 1937, after receiving his commission.[2] While on the court, he served as chief judge from 1954 to 1958 when he became a senior judge on December 31, 1958.[2] Claude McColloch died on September 30, 1959.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Colmer, Montagu, and Charles Erskine Scott Wood. History of the Bench and Bar of Oregon. Portland, Or: Historical Pub. Co, 1910. p. 176-177.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Judges of the United States: Claude C. McColloch. Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved on June 2, 2008.
  3. ^ 1911 Regular Session (26th). Oregon State Archives. Retrieved on June 2, 2008.
Legal offices
Preceded by
John Hugh McNary
Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
August 20, 1937 – September 30, 1959
Succeeded by
John Kilkenny