Richard Hartshorne

Richard Hartshorne

Title: District Court
Appointed by: Harry S. Truman
Judicial Tenure: 1951 - 1975
Born: February 29, 1888
Birth Place: Newark, NJ
Died: September 14, 1975

Hartshorne was born in Newark, New Jersey. He received a Litt.B. from Princeton University in 1909. He received an LL.B. from Columbia Law School in 1912. He was in private practice in New Jersey from 1912 to 1931. U.S. Naval Reserve Lieutenant, J.G., World War I. He was a Special assistant to U.S. attorney of District of New Jersey in 1925. He was a judge on the County Court, Newark, New Jersey from 1931 to 1951. He was a President, New Jersey Interstate Commission on Crime from 1935 to 1943.

Hartshorne was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Hartshorne was nominated by President Harry S. Truman on October 17, 1951, to a seat vacated by Guy L. Fake. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 19, 1951, and received his commission on October 20, 1951. He assumed senior status on October 29, 1961, and served in that capacity, until his death in 1975.

Professional Career

  • Private practice, New Jersey, 1912-1931
  • U.S. Naval Reserve lieutenant junior grade, World War I
  • Special assistant to U.S. attorney, District of New Jersey, 1925
  • Judge, Essex County [New Jersey] Court, 1931-1951
  • President, New Jersey Interstate Commission on Crime, 1935-1943


  • Princeton University, Litt.B., 1909
  • Columbia Law School, LL.B., 1912

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