Charles E. Wolverton - Judicial Career

Judicial Career

In 1894 Wolverton was elected to the Oregon Supreme Court to replace William Paine Lord. He won re-election for a second six-year term in 1900. During his time on the court he served as chief justice twice from 1898 to 1900 and then again in 1905 until he resigned on December 4, 1905. Thomas G. Hailey was appointed by Oregon Governor George Earle Chamberlain to finish Wolverton’s term. While on the court he received an honorary law degree from Willamette University College of Law in 1900.

Wolverton resigned from the Oregon Supreme Court in order to accept the position of federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. President Theodore Roosevelt appointed Wolverton to the position on November 20, 1905 during a recess in Congress to replace Charles B. Bellinger who had died in office. He was subsequently confirmed by the Senate on January 10, 1906, and received his commission the same day. Wolverton would serve on the federal bench until his death on September 21, 1926 in Gearhart, Oregon.

After each stint as chief justice on the Oregon court he was followed by Robert S. Bean. Bean would then join Wolverton on the federal court in 1909 when Congress added an additional judgeship to the Oregon district.

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