Stanley Barnes

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Stanley Nelson Barnes ("Stan Barnes") (May 1, 1900[1] – March 5, 1990) was a noted American college football player, an assistant attorney general of the United States, and a United States federal judge.


Stan Barnes
Date of birth May 1, 1900 (1900-05)
Place of birth Baraboo, Wisconsin, U.S.
Date of death March 5, 1990 (1990-03-06) (aged 89)
Place of death Palm Springs, California, U.S.
Career information
Position(s) Center
College University of California

College football[edit]

Stanley N. Barnes was born in Baraboo, Wisconsin. He played high school football at San Diego High for Clarence "Nibs" Price, who encouraged his brightest players, starting with Barnes, to follow his path to Berkeley to play for the California Golden Bears under coach Andy Smith.[2] Barnes was a center/tackle on California's "Wonder Teams" of 1920 and 1921. In his junior and senior seasons he played with the Bears in two consecutive Rose Bowls.[3]

The 1920 California squad won the national championship going 9-0 outscoring its opponents 510 to 14. In one of the biggest routs in college football history, the Bears defeated St. Mary's 127-0. In the Rose Bowl, Cal defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 28-0.[3] California was also undefeated and untied in 1921 until the Bears tied Washington & Jefferson 0-0 on a muddy field in the Rose Bowl.[3] During his four years at Berkeley, Barnes played on teams that won 31 lost four and tied two.[3]

He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954 and was among the first group of inductees at the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986.[4]

Legal career[edit]

Barnes was in the United States Navy Reserve from 1918 to 1921. He received a Bachelor's Degree of Arts from UC Berkeley in 1922 and a J.D. from University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1925. Barnes also studied at Harvard Law School. He was in private practice in San Francisco, California from 1925 to 1928, and then in Los Angeles, California until 1947. He was a lecturer at the University of Southern California Law School and Medical School from 1947 to 1952.

Barnes became involved with the California Republican Assembly, a grassroots political organization, and rose within its ranks to become one of the GOP's power-brokers in California. His friend from Berkeley, Earl Warren, remained a confidant and Barnes was a member of Warren's inner circle through his rise to governor. For his part, Barnes became a Superior Court Judge in Los Angeles. He was a presiding judge of the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles from 1947 to 1953.

Barnes was an Assistant U.S. Attorney General in Washington, D.C. in charge of the Antitrust Division from 1953 to 1956, and co-chaired the National Committee to Study Antitrust Laws.[5] On March 5, 1956, Barnes was nominated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vacated by William Edwin Orr. Barnes was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 20, 1956, and received his commission on March 21, 1956. He assumed senior status on October 31, 1970, serving in that capacity until his death. He was also President of the Federal Bar Association.[2]

Stan Barnes died at the age of 89 in Palm Springs, California. He was buried at San Gabriel Cemetery, in San Gabriel, California.[6]

Significant Associations[edit]

Stanley Nelson Barnes was also a dedicated, lifelong member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. After much service to Sigma Chi as an alumnus, he served with great distinction as Sigma Chi's 37th Grand Consul (International President) from 1952 - 1955.


  1. ^ "Barnes, Stanley Nelson". Who Was Who in America : with World Notables, v. XI (1993-1996). New Providence, N.J.: Marquis Who's Who. 1996. p. 15. ISBN 0837902258. 
  2. ^ a b Tightwad Hill 50 GREATEST GOLDEN BEARS - #9 – STAN BARNES
  3. ^ a b c d College Football Hall of Fame Entry for Stan Barnes
  4. ^ 2002 California Golden Bear Football Media Guide
  5. ^
  6. ^ Stanley N. Barnes at Find a Grave
Legal offices
Preceded by
William Edwin Orr
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Succeeded by
Herbert Choy