Gus J. Solomon

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Gus Jerome Solomon (August 29, 1906 – February 15, 1987) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Portland, Oregon, was the child of immigrant Jewish parents, his father having been born in Romania and his mother in Russia.[1] Solomon received a Ph.B. from the University of Chicago in 1926 and an LL.B. from Stanford Law School in 1929. He was in private practice in Portland, Oregon from 1929 to 1949, first individually and then in partnership with Raymond M. Kell. The Portland law firm of Kell, Alterman & Runstein traces its origin to his practice.[2]

On October 21, 1949, Solomon received a recess appointment from President Harry S Truman to a new seat on the United States District Court for the District of Oregon created by 63 Stat. 493. Formally nominated on January 5, 1950, he was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 27, 1950, and received his commission on July 5, 1950. He served as chief judge, 1958–1971, assuming senior status on September 1, 1971 and serving in that capacity until his death.

The Gus J. Solomon United States Courthouse was named in his honor.


  1. ^ Gus Solomon Biography
  2. ^ "Kell, Alterman & Runstein: A Portland Institution". Retrieved 21 August 2013. 


Legal offices
Preceded by
new seat
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon
Succeeded by
James M. Burns