Homer Bone

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Homer Truett Bone
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Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
In office
April 1, 1944 – January 1, 1956
Appointed by Franklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded by Bert E. Haney
Succeeded by Frederick George Hamley
United States Senator
from Washington
In office
March 4, 1933 – November 13, 1944
Preceded by Elijah S. Grammer
Succeeded by Warren Magnuson
Personal details
Born (1883-01-25)January 25, 1883
Franklin, Indiana
Died March 11, 1970(1970-03-11) (aged 87)
Tacoma, Washington
Political party Democratic

Homer Truett Bone (January 25, 1883 – March 11, 1970) was a United States federal judge and senator from Washington.

Born in Franklin, Indiana, Bone and his family moved to Tacoma, Washington in 1899. Bone attended Tacoma Law School and was admitted to the Bar in 1911. He specialized in labor law and served as an assistant special prosecutor for Pierce County in 1912, as the Corporate Counsel for the Port of Tacoma from 1918 to 1932 and as an attorney for Tacoma City Light.[1] In 1918, he married Blanche Slye.

Bone ran unsuccessfully for prosecuting attorney and Mayor of Tacoma as a Socialist and for the Third District Congressional seat as a Farmer-Labor candidate. In 1922, Bone served in the Washington State House, where he advocated for the ability of local government to form public utility districts. In 1928, Bone again ran unsuccessfully for Congress, this time as a Republican.[2]

In 1932, Bone finally won election to the United States Senate, now as a Democrat, and served from 1933-1944.[3] He continued his advocacy for publicly-owned power and other progressive causes. He supported creation of the Bonneville Dam and the Grand Coulee Dam. He opposed involvement in World War II.

Along with Senator Matthew Neely and Representative Warren Magnuson,[4] he wrote the legislation that created the National Cancer Institute.[5]

On April 1, 1944, Bone was nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vacated by Bert E. Haney. Bone was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 1, 1944, and he received his commission the same day.

He assumed senior status on January 1, 1956. He returned to the private practice of law, in San Francisco, California, from 1956 to 1968, and died in Tacoma in 1970.[1]


  1. ^ a b Homer Truett Bone at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ University of Washington Library Special Collection
  3. ^ "Homer Bone". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  4. ^ Mukherjee, Siddhartha (November 16, 2010). The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. Simon and Schuster. p. 25. ISBN 978-1-4391-0795-9. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  5. ^ Bone, Homer Truett (1883-1970) at HistoryLink.org

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Elijah S. Grammer
United States Senator (Class 3) from Washington
Served alongside: Clarence Dill, Lewis B. Schwellenbach, Monrad C. Wallgren
Succeeded by
Warren Magnuson
Legal offices
Preceded by
Bert E. Haney
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Succeeded by
Frederick George Hamley