LeBaron Bradford Colt
|United States Senator|
from Rhode Island
March 4, 1913 – August 18, 1924
|Preceded by||George Wetmore|
|Succeeded by||Jesse Metcalf|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit|
June 16, 1891 – February 7, 1913
|Preceded by||Seat established|
|Succeeded by||George Bingham|
|Judge of the United States Circuit Court for the First Circuit|
July 5, 1884 – December 31, 1911
|Appointed by||Chester A. Arthur|
|Preceded by||John Lowell|
|Succeeded by||Court abolished|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island|
March 21, 1881 – July 5, 1884
|Appointed by||James Garfield|
|Preceded by||John Knowles|
|Succeeded by||George Carpenter|
June 25, 1846|
Dedham, Massachusetts, U.S.
August 18, 1924 (aged 78)|
Bristol, Rhode Island, U.S.
Yale University (BA)|
Columbia University (LLB)
LeBaron Bradford Colt (June 25, 1846 – August 18, 1924) was a United States Senator from Rhode Island and a federal court judge on the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, the United States Circuit Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
He was born in Dedham, Massachusetts to Christopher Colt (the brother of arms maker Samuel Colt) and Theodora Goujand DeWolf Colt; his younger brother, Samuel P. Colt, was a prominent Rhode Island businessman and politician. LeBaron Colt attended the public schools and Williston Seminary. He received an A.B. from Yale University in 1868, where he was a member of Skull and Bones:1302 and an LL.B. from Columbia Law School in 1870.
After getting his law degree, Colt devoted a year to European travel. Once he returned, he was admitted to the bar and commenced practicing law in Chicago. In 1875, he moved to Bristol, Rhode Island, and started practicing law in Providence.
From 1879 to 1881, Colt was a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives.
On March 9, 1881, President James A. Garfield nominated Colt to the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. The Senate confirmed him on March 21. Three years later, Colt was elevated to the United States Circuit Court for the First Circuit, with President Chester A. Arthur nominating him on July 2, 1884 and Senate confirmation on July 5. On June 15, 1891, Colt was reassigned to the newly created United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit by the Judiciary Act of 1891.
From 1917 to 1919, Colt was chairman of the Senate Committee on Conservation of Natural Resources. From 1919 until his death, he was chairman of the Committee on Immigration.
Colt died on August 18, 1924 in Bristol. He was buried in Juniper Hill Cemetery.
This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.
- United States Congress. "LeBaron Bradford Colt (id: C000651)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- LeBaron Bradford Colt at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
| Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island
| Judge of the United States Circuit Court for the First Circuit
|New seat|| Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
| U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Rhode Island
Served alongside: Henry Lippitt, Peter Gerry
| Chair of the Senate Conservation Committee
| Chair of the Senate Immigration Committee
|Party political offices|
|First|| Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Rhode Island