Hall S. Lusk, U.S. Senator, 30th Chief Justice of Oregon

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Hall Stoner Lusk

Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, DC, USA
Death: Died in Beaverton, Washington, OR, USA
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Son of Charles Lusk and Florence Lusk

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About Hall S. Lusk, U.S. Senator, 30th Chief Justice of Oregon


Hall Stoner Lusk (September 21, 1883 – May 15, 1983) was an American jurist and politician in the state of Oregon. A native of the District of Columbia, he became a judge in Oregon, serving in both the Oregon circuit courts and later on the Oregon Supreme Court, including time as its Chief Justice. A Democrat, he was appointed to the United States Senate for eight months in 1960 after the death of sitting Senator Richard L. Neuberger.

Early life

Hall Lusk was born in Washington, D.C., on September 21, 1883, to Charles Rufus and Florence Speake Lusk. He attended Georgetown Preparatory School in DC from 1897 to 1900, and then graduated from Georgetown University in 1904. In 1907, Lusk graduated from Georgetown Law School, earning a bachelor of laws degree. He was a law clerk to a chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1906 to 1909, and was admitted to the District of Columbia bar in 1907.

Legal career

In 1909, Lusk moved to the state of Oregon where he passed the bar in 1910 and entered private legal practice in Portland. From 1918 to 1920, he served as an assistant United States Attorney for Oregon, and in 1922 ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the Oregon Legislature. While in private practice he represented the Society of Sisters, and wrote their brief submitted to the United States Supreme Court in Pierce v. Society of Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Political career

Lusk was circuit judge of Multnomah County from 1930 to 1937. On July 22, 1937, Oregon Governor Charles H. Martin appointed him to the Oregon Supreme Court to replace James U. Campbell who had died in office. Lusk was elected to a full six-year term in 1938 and then re-elected to successive terms in 1944, 1950, and 1956. He was the court's Chief Justice from 1949 to 1951.

On March 15, 1960, he resigned from the court in order to be appointed to Congress. The next day Governor Mark Hatfield appointed Lusk as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Richard L. Neuberger and served from March 16, 1960, to November 8, 1960. He was not a candidate for election to a full term and returned to Oregon Supreme Court as a justice pro tempore in 1961, serving until 1968.

Later life and family

After leaving the court he engaged in the revision of Oregon Supreme Court procedures as justice emeritus and resided in Beaverton. Hall Stoner Lusk died on May 15, 1983, in Beaverton, four months shy of his 100th birthday. Interment was at Mt. Calvary Chapel, Portland. On September 30, 1914, he married Catherine Emmons, and they would have five children, all daughters.

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Hall S. Lusk, U.S. Senator, 30th Chief Justice of Oregon's Timeline

September 21, 1883
Washington, District of Columbia, DC, USA
May 15, 1983
Age 99
Beaverton, Washington, OR, USA