Harold Louderback

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Harold Louderback
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Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
In office
April 17, 1928 – December 11, 1941
Appointed byCalvin Coolidge
Preceded byJohn Slater Partridge
Succeeded byLouis Earl Goodman
Personal details
Harold Louderback

(1881-01-30)January 30, 1881
San Francisco, California
DiedDecember 11, 1941(1941-12-11) (aged 60)
EducationUniversity of Nevada, Reno (A.B.)
Harvard Law School (LL.B.)

Harold Louderback (January 30, 1881 – December 11, 1941) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He was the eleventh federal official to be served with articles of Impeachment. Ultimately, Louderback was acquitted of these charges.

Education and career[edit]

Louderback was born in San Francisco, California and attended the University of Nevada, Reno, graduating in 1905 with an Artium Baccalaureus degree and then attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1908 with a Bachelor of Laws. Louderback then went into private practice from 1908 until 1917. In 1917, Louderback joined the United States Army and held the rank of Captain. In 1919, he left military service and returned to private practice until 1921 when he was appointed as a Superior Court Judge for the City and County of San Francisco, serving in this position until his appointment to the federal judiciary.[1] As a State Judge, Louderback presided over the trial of Fatty Arbuckle.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Louderback was nominated by President Calvin Coolidge on March 21, 1928, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California vacated by Judge John Slater Partridge. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 17, 1928, and received his commission the same day. His service terminated on December 11, 1941, due to his death.[1]

Impeachment and acquittal[edit]

On February 24, 1933 Louderback was served with five Articles of Impeachment by the United States House of Representatives, including 4 articles alleging corruption in bankruptcy cases (appointing incompetent receivers and allowing them excessive fees), and a general charge of bringing his Court into disrepute.[citation needed] The United States Senate tried the impeachment, and on May 24, 1933 acquitted him of all the charges by the following margins:[citation needed]

Yeas Nays
Article I 34 42
Article II 23 47
Article III 11 63
Article IV 30 47
Article V 45 34

[citation needed]

Even though the fifth article gained a majority in the Senate, it was not sufficient to meet the Constitutionally required majority of two-thirds. Louderback remained on the bench until his death in 1941.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Harold Louderback at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ "Healdsburg Tribune 5 October 1921 — California Digital Newspaper Collection". cdnc.ucr.edu.

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Preceded by
John Slater Partridge
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Succeeded by
Louis Earl Goodman