Howard Dawson

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Howard A. Dawson, Jr. (October 23, 1922 – July 15, 2016) was a judge of the United States Tax Court.[1][2] He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC in 1940. Following the outbreak of World War II he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Finance Corps from 1943-45 spending two years in European Theater. He went on to earn a B.S. in Commerce from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1946. Following college, he earned his J.D. with honors from The George Washington University Law School in 1949. At George Washington he was the President of the Case Club and Secretary-Treasurer of the Student Bar Association.

He was appointed by President John F. Kennedy as Judge on Tax Court of the United States, on August 21, 1962, for a term ending June 1, 1970. Reappointed on June 2, 1970, for a term ending June 1, 1985. Served as Chief Judge of the Tax Court from July 1, 1973, to June 30, 1977, and again from July 1, 1983, to June 1, 1985. Retired on June 2, 1985. He was recalled as Senior Judge to perform judicial duties in 1990 and served in that role until his death in 2016.

Career (outside of bench)[edit]

  • Private practice, Washington, DC, 1949–50
  • United States Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service, as follows:
    • Attorney, Civil Division, Office of Chief Counsel, 1950–53
    • Civil Advisory Counsel, Atlanta Region, 1953–57
    • Regional Counsel, Atlanta Region, 1958
    • Personal Assistant to Chief Counsel, 1958–59
    • Assistant Chief Counsel (Administration), 1959–62
  • David Brennan Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Akron Law School, Spring Term 1986
  • Professor and Director, Graduate Tax Program, University of Baltimore Law School, 1986–89
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, University of San Diego, Winter 1991



Material on this page was copied from the website of the United States Tax Court, which is published by a United States government agency, and is therefore in the public domain.


  1. ^ Finn, Marie T. (2009). The American Bench. Forster-Long. p. 33. ISBN 0931398584. 
  2. ^ "Judge Howard A. Dawson Jr". Dignity Memorial. Archived from the original on 21 August 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016.