Warren, Charles, 1868-1954

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Lawyer and historian.

From the description of Papers of Charles Warren, 1874-1954. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82466495

Charles Warren graduated from Harvard in 1889.

From the description of Forensics, 1887-1888. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77073347

Lawyer.

From the description of Reminiscences of Charles Warren : transcript, 1952. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309735506

Warren graduated from Harvard in 1889, and served as Overseer of Harvard.

From the description of Papers of Charles Warren, 1940. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 76973206

Lawyer and historian. Educated at Harvard (A.B., 1889, L.L.B.,1892). Practiced law in Boston (1892-1893, 1894-1914). Private secretary to Governor William E. Russell of Massachusetts (1893-1894) and active in the Democratic Party in Massachusetts. A founder and secretary (1894-1897) of the Immigration Restriction League, Chairman of the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission (1905-1911). Assistant attorney general of The United States (1914-1918). Practiced law in Washington, D.C. after 1918. Served as the American member of the Trail Smelter International Arbitral Tribunal to settle a dispute between the United States and Canada, 1936. Author of numerous books including a volume of short stories, The Girl and the Governor (1900) and The Supreme Court in United States History (3 v., 1922), which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1923. President of the Harvard Alumni Association (1941-1942). See sketch in Dictionary of American Biography.

From the description of Papers, ca.1885-1954 (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 236047324

Biographical Note

  • 1868, Mar. 9: Born, Boston, Mass.
  • 1885 - 1892 : A.B., M.A., and law school, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1892 - 1914 : Law practice, Boston, Mass.
  • 1893: Private secretary to Governor William E. Russell of Massachusetts
  • 1894: Founded Immigration Restriction League
  • 1904: Married Annie Louise Bliss
  • 1905 - 1911 : Chairman, Massachusetts Civil Service Commission
  • 1914: Assistant attorney general
  • 1918: Law practice, Washington, D.C.
  • 1922: Published Supreme Court in United States History. Boston: Little, Brown
  • 1924: Special master, U.S. Supreme Court in New Mexico v. Texas
  • 1929: Special master, U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Utah
  • 1934 - 1940 : Member, Board of Overseers, Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1936: Special master, U.S. Supreme Court in Texas v. New Mexico
  • 1937 - 1941 : Member, Trail Smelter Arbitral Tribunal
  • 1943 - 1946 : Member, President’s War Relief Control Board
  • 1954, Aug. 16: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the Charles Warren Papers, 1874-1954, (bulk 1914-1945), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Charles Warren, constitutional authority and historian, was born in Boston on March 9, 1868. He received an A.B. from Harvard in 1889 and graduated from the Harvard Law School in 1892. In 1904, he married Annie Louise Bliss. They had no children.

In 1893, Warren served as private secretary to Massachusetts Governor William E. Russell, and the following year he was a founder of the Immigration Restriction League. From 1905 to 1911, he served as chairman of the Massachusetts State Civil Service Commission.

In 1914, Warren was appointed assistant attorney general of the United States. He became an expert on the problems of neutrality and international law, and argued or briefed 39 cases before the Supreme Court before resigning the post in 1918. After the war, Warren served as special master for several Supreme Court cases involving boundary lines and water rights.

A prolific and influential writer, Warren's works included The History of the Harvard Law School and Early Legal Conditions in America (1909), History of the American Bar, Colonial and Federal, to 1860 (1911), as well as numerous articles in law journals, and lighter works, including short stories. His 3-volume The Supreme Court in United States History (1922), won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 1923.

During WWII, Warren served on the President's War Relief Control Board. After the war, he retired from public affairs.

-Warren died in Washington on August 16, 1954.

From the guide to the Papers, ca.1885-1954, (Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University)

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creatorOf Massachusetts Reform Club. Massachusetts Reform Club records, 1896-1913; bulk: 1896-1903. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Warren, Charles, 1868-1954. Forensics, 1887-1888. Harvard University Archives.
creatorOf Warren, Charles, 1868-1954. Papers, [microform] 1874-1954 Rice University, Fondren Library
creatorOf Warren, Charles, 1868-1954. Letter to Erwin N. Griswold, 12 December 1946. Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960. Additional papers, 1880-1959 Houghton Library
referencedIn Warren, Mercy Otis, 1728-1814. Mercy Otis Warren papers, 1709-1814 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
creatorOf Warren, Charles, 1868-1954. Papers of Charles Warren, 1874-1954. Library of Congress
referencedIn Papers, 1911-1944 (inclusive), 1929-1937 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Harvard University. Graduate School of Design. Records of Graduate School of Design from the Office of the Dean, 1894-1980 (inclusive). Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Delano, William Adams, 1874-1960. William Adams Delano papers, 1902-1960 (inclusive), 1939-1960 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Immigration Restriction League (U.S.). Immigration Restriction League (U.S.) records, 1893-1921. Houghton Library
creatorOf Warren, Charles, 1868-1954. Reminiscences of Charles Warren : transcript, 1952. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Warren, Charles, 1868-1954. Autobiographical notes, 1947. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Thayer, William Roscoe, 1859-1923. Papers, 1762-1927 (bulk 1872-1921) Houghton Library
referencedIn Francis B. (Francis Butler) Loomis Papers : microfilm, 1897-1939 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Stimson, Frederic Jesup, 1855-1943. Frederic Jesup Stimson papers, 1802-1943 (bulk 1884-1936). Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Warren, Charles, 1868-1954. Papers of Charles Warren, 1940. Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Loomis, Francis B. (Francis Butler), 1861-1948. Francis B. Loomis papers, 1897-1939. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Charles Warren Papers, 1874-1954, (bulk 1914-1945) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Warren, Charles, 1868-1954. Briefs submitted to the Supreme Court of the United States, 1916-1917. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Warren, Charles, 1868-1954. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1948-1949. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Loomis, Francis B. (Francis Butler), 1861-1948. Francis B. Loomis papers, 1897-1939. [microform]. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Walsh, Thomas, 1875-1928. Letter 1907, October 26, New York City [to] Mr [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Thomas Walsh. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
referencedIn Bliss, Robert Woods, 1875-1962. Papers of Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss, ca. 1860-1969 (inclusive), 1900-1967 (bulk). Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Warren, Mercy Otis, 1728-1814. Mercy Otis Warren papers, 1709-1814 (inclusive) [microform]. Stanford university libraries
creatorOf Warren, Charles, 1868-1954. Papers, ca.1885-1954 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
creatorOf Charles Warren papers, 1885-1954 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Frank Lyon Polk papers, 1883-1942 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
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Green River (Wyo.-Utah)
Texas
Rio Grande Valley
Trail (B.C.)
United States
New Mexico
Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico) -Navigation.
Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)
San Juan River (Colo.-Utah)
Green River (Wyo.-Utah) -Navigation.
Massachusetts--Boston
United States
Trail (B.C.)
United States
United States
Massachusetts--Cambridge
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Lawyers
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United States
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Death 1954-08-16

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