Robert S. Bean

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Robert S. Bean
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon
In office
April 28, 1909 – January 7, 1931
Appointed byWilliam Howard Taft
Preceded bySeat established by 35 Stat. 686
Succeeded byJames Alger Fee
16th Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court
In office
1905–1909
Preceded byFrank A. Moore
Succeeded byFrank A. Moore
In office
1900–1902
Preceded byCharles E. Wolverton
Succeeded byFrank A. Moore
In office
1894–1896
Preceded byWilliam Paine Lord
Succeeded byFrank A. Moore
32nd Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court
In office
1890–1909
Preceded byW. W. Thayer
Succeeded byThomas A. McBride
Personal details
Born
Robert Sharp Bean

(1854-11-28)November 28, 1854
Yamhill County, Oregon Territory
DiedJanuary 7, 1931(1931-01-07) (aged 76)
Portland, Oregon
Resting placeRiver View Cemetery
Portland, Oregon
EducationWestern Oregon University
University of Oregon (B.S.)
read law

Robert Sharp Bean (November 28, 1854 – January 7, 1931) was the 16th Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, serving as Chief Justice three different times. He later served as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. An Oregon native, he was part of the first graduating class of the University of Oregon.

Education and career[edit]

Born on November 28, 1854, in Yamhill County, Oregon Territory (State of Oregon from February 14, 1859),[1] Bean graduated from Christian College (now Western Oregon University) in 1873 and read law in 1878.[2] He received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1878 from the University of Oregon and was a member of the first graduating class of that institution.[1] He entered private practice in Eugene, Oregon from 1878 to 1882.[2] He was a Judge of the Oregon Circuit Court for the Second Judicial District from 1882 to 1890.[2] He was elected as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Oregon in 1890 and reelected to additional six year terms in 1896, 1902 and 1908, serving from 1890 to 1909, and serving as Chief Justice from 1894 to 1896, from 1900 to 1902, and from 1905 to 1908.[3] On May 1, 1909, he resigned from the Supreme Court to take a federal judicial post.[3] Additionally, Bean served as a regent at the University of Oregon in 1882 to 1895, and again from 1898 to 1921.[1] Bean was the director of the Oregon Historical Society in 1926.[citation needed]

Notable cases as Justice[edit]

While Chief Justice in 1906, Justice Bean wrote the opinion for the Oregon court in State v. Muller (48 Or. 252, 85 P. 855) that would then go to the United States Supreme Court, where the opinion was affirmed.[4] He also wrote the opinion in Kadderly v. City of Portland, 44 Or 118, 74 P. 710 (1903) on the constitutionality of the initiative and referendum system in Oregon.[5]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Bean was nominated by President William Howard Taft on April 15, 1909, to the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, to a new seat authorized by 35 Stat. 686.[2] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 28, 1909, and received his commission the same day.[2] His service terminated on January 7, 1931, due to his death in Portland, Oregon.[2] Bean was interred at River View Cemetery in Portland.[6]

Honor[edit]

In 1895, the University of Oregon conferred an honorary doctorate of laws degree on the Bean.[7]

Family[edit]

Bean’s parent’s, Obadiah Roberts Bean and Julia Sharp Bean, immigrated to Oregon in 1851[1] and settled in Mapleton. In 1880 Robert married Ina E. Condon, daughter of geologist Thomas Condon, and the two had five sons.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Corning, Howard M. Dictionary of Oregon History. Binfords & Mort Publishing, 1956.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Robert Sharp Bean at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  3. ^ a b Oregon Blue Book: Earliest Authorities in Oregon. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved on January 15, 2008.
  4. ^ Oregon Benchmarks. Archived 2008-10-15 at the Wayback Machine U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society. Retrieved on January 15, 2008.
  5. ^ Kadderly at 100: The Oregon court’s most fateful decision. Oregon State Bar Bulletin. Retrieved on January 15, 2008.
  6. ^ River View Cemetery. The Political Graveyard. Retrieved on January 15, 2008.
  7. ^ University of Oregon. 1908. General Register of the Officers and Alumni 1873-1907. Eugene, Or.: The University. p.28.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 35 Stat. 686
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon
1909–1931
Succeeded by
James Alger Fee