Howell Cobb (judge)

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Howell Cobb (December 7, 1922 – September 16, 2005) was a Texas lawyer and federal judge.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Cobb joined the United States Navy in 1942, completing his cadet training in 1943 and serving as a Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps from 1943 to 1945, during which time he was a fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater. He finished his service as an instructor at Pensacola Naval Air Station in 1945. He then returned to school, receiving an LL.B. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1948. He went into private practice, first in Houston, Texas, from 1949 to 1954, and then in Beaumont, Texas, from 1954 to 1985.

On February 26, 1985, President Ronald Reagan nominated Cobb to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, created by 98 Stat. 333. Cobb was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 3, 1985, and received his commission the following day. He assumed senior status on March 1, 2001, and continued serving in that capacity upon his death of a heart attack, during a family vacation in Castine, Maine.

Cobb and his wife, Amelie, had six children.


  • "Visiting federal judge dies in Castine Sept. 16", Bangor Daily News (Maine) (September 19, 2005), B3.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Newly created seat
Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
April 4, 1985 – March 1, 2001
Succeeded by
Ron Clark