Harold Louderback

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Harold Louderback
Judge Harold Louderback (1928).png
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
In office
April 17, 1928 – December 11, 1941
Appointed by Calvin Coolidge
Preceded by John Slater Partridge
Succeeded by Louis Earl Goodman
Judge of the Superior Court for the City and County of San Francisco
In office
1921–1928
Personal details
Born (1881-01-30)January 30, 1881
San Francisco, California
Died December 11, 1941(1941-12-11) (aged 60)
Alma mater University of Nevada, Reno A.B.
Harvard Law School LL.B.
Profession Attorney

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.

Biography[edit]

Louderback was born in San Francisco, California and studied law at 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 degree. 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; trials in which he was involved included that of Fatty Arbuckle.[1]

District Court service[edit]

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

Impeachment and acquittal[edit]

On February 24, 1933 Louderback was served with five Articles of Impeachment by the U.S. 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. The U.S. Senate tried the Impeachment, and on May 24 acquitted him of all the charges by the following margins:

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

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arbuckle Chief of Council Quits Case, in the Healdsburg Tribune, Number 282, 5 October 1921; via the California Digital Newspaper Collection

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Legal offices
Preceded by
John Slater Partridge
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
1928–1941
Succeeded by
Louis Earl Goodman