Cornelius Holgate Hanford papers, 1898-1921  PDF

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Hanford, C. H. (Cornelius Holgate), 1849-1926
Cornelius Holgate Hanford papers
1898-1921 (inclusive)
2' 1 1/2" linear
Collection Number
1512 (Accession No. 1512-001)
Court records and correspondence concerning the legal career of this pioneer, lawyer, judge, and public official of Seattle, Washington
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Cornelius Hanford was born in 1849 in Winchester, Iowa. He migrated to the Pacific Northwest with his parents in 1853. From 1861-67 he lived in San Francisco and attended commercial college. He then took up a pre-emption claim in Walla Walla, but was forced to give it up due to health failure. In 1872 he returned to Seattle where he studied law in the office of George N. McConaha. He was appointed to the Territorial Legislative Council, 1877-1878. In 1878-1880 he formed a law partnership with Colonel Charles H. Larrabee. Hanford was appointed Assistant U.S. Attornery for Washington in 1881. In 1883 he was elected city attorney of Seattle, and re-elected in 1884 and 1885. He served as chairman of the Republican Central Committee in 1888. Hanford was appointed Chief Justice of Washington Territory in 1889. He was the last Chief Justice of the territory and its first federal judge after statehood. He died in 1926.

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Bound volumes of decisions made as United States District Judge at Seattle (1898-1912). Also includes rules of practice in Federal Court, ephemera and correspondence concerning the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1901), correspondence concerning his legal career in Seattle, and speeches.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Hanford, C. H. (Cornelius Holgate), 1849-1926--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • League of Nations
  • Pacific Highway Association
  • United States. District Court (Washington : Western District)
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Neterer, Jeremiah, 1862-1943 (creator)
    • Penrose, Stephen Beasley Linnard, 1864-1947 (creator)
    • Taft, William Howard (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • League to Enforce Peace (creator)
    • Whitman College. Board of Trustees (creator)