Houston, Charles Hamilton, 1895-1950

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African American attorney, educator, and advocate of civil rights and educational desegregation; vice-dean, Howard University School of Law (1929-1935).

From the description of Papers, 1857-1950 ; (bulk 1922-1950). (Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center). WorldCat record id: 70941394

Biographical Note

William LePre Houston

  • 1870, May 14: Born, Mound City, Ill.
  • 1890: Passed Civil Service exam and hired as a clerk in the War Department Record and Pension Office
  • 1891: Married Mary Ethel Hamilton
  • 1892: Graduated, Howard University Law School, Washington, D.C.
  • 1906 - 1909 : Grand Master of Odd Fellows in the United States
  • 1909: Resigned clerk position
  • 1910: Began independent law practice Began teaching academic law, night school, Howard University, Washington D.C.
  • 1915: Cofounder, Supreme Order of the Helpers
  • 1921 - 1924 : Appointed to District of Columbia Board of Education
  • 1924: With son, Charles Hamilton Houston, formed law firm of Houston & Houston
  • 1937: Appointed special assistant to United States Attorney General
  • 1953, Sept. 9: Died, Washington, D.C.

Charles Hamilton Houston

  • 1895, Sept. 3: Born, Washington, D.C.
  • 1915: Graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Amherst College, Amherst, Mass.
  • 1918 - 1919 : Army service during World War I
  • 1922: LL.B, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1923: S.J.D., Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1923 - 1924 : Studied civil law, Sheldon Fellowship, University of Madrid, Spain
  • 1924: Passed District of Columbia bar Married Margaret Gladys Moran (divorced 1938)
  • 1924 - 1950 : Practiced law with his father in the firm Houston & Houston, later Houston, Houston, Hastie & Waddy
  • 1924 - 1935 : Faculty member, Howard University Law School, Washington, D.C., including stints as professor, vice dean, and chief administrative officer
  • 1935 - 1940 : Special counsel to NAACP
  • 1938: Married Henrietta Williams Argued Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada before United States Supreme Court
  • 1950, Apr. 22: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the William LePre Houston Family Papers, 1777-1936, (bulk 1890-1936), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Hastie, William. William Hastie papers. 1916-1976. Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Records of the Selective Service System (World War I). 1917 - 1939. Draft Registration Cards. 1917 - 1918. World War I Draft Registration Card for Charles Hamilton Houston
creatorOf William LePre Houston Family Papers, 1777-1936, (bulk 1890-1936) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Stuart, Alice Jackson, 1913-2001. Papers of Alice Jackson Stuart [manuscript], 1930-2001. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Clark, Samuel H., 1885-1979. Samuel H. Clark papers, 1912-1979 (bulk 1939-1979). Library of Congress
referencedIn Consolidated Parent Group (Washington, D.C.). Consolidated Parent Group records, 1947-1955. Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
referencedIn Watts, Robert B., 1922-. Oral history interview, 1976. Maryland Historical Society
creatorOf Daniel, A. Mercer (Allen Mercer), 1887-1976. Papers, 1890-1971. Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
referencedIn Juanita Kidd Stout papers, 1873-1998 Library of Congress
referencedIn William J. Thompkins collection, [19--]-1943. (MS 606). Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
referencedIn Hines, Louise Kerr, 1916-. Oral history interview, 1976. Maryland Historical Society
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Juanita Kidd Stout Papers, 1873-1998, (bulk 1948-1997) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Blacks in the railroad industry collection, 1946-1954. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Allen, Milton, 1917-. Oral history interview, 1976. Maryland Historical Society
creatorOf Houston, Charles Hamilton, 1895-1950. Papers, 1857-1950 ; (bulk 1922-1950). Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
creatorOf Roscoe Pound Papers Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn United Church Board for Homeland Ministries. Race Relations Dept (1943-1970). Archives. 1943-1970. Tulane University, Amistad Research Center
creatorOf William LePre Houston family papers, 1777-1936 Library of Congress
referencedIn McNeil, Genna Rae. Remarks on the occasion of the unveiling of the portrait of Charles Hamilton Houston, 1998. Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
creatorOf Lovett, Edward. Harmon Fund films on educational inequities in South Carolina 1934, 1935. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964. Papers, 1888-1964. Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
creatorOf Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964. Roscoe Pound papers, 1888-1964. Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Kester, Howard, 1904-1977. Howard Kester papers, 1923-1972. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Roscoe Pound papers, 1888-1964 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
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associatedWith Allen, Milton, 1917- person
associatedWith Amherst College. corporateBody
associatedWith Association of Colored Railway Trainmen and Locomotive Firemen. corporateBody
associatedWith Clark, Samuel H., 1885-1979. person
associatedWith Consolidated Parent Group (Washington, D.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Daniel, A. Mercer (Allen Mercer), 1887-1976. person
correspondedWith Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963 person
associatedWith Grand United Order of Odd Fellows in America. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard Law School. corporateBody
associatedWith Hastie, William. person
correspondedWith Hastie, William, 1904-1976 person
correspondedWith Hays, Will H. (Will Harrison), 1879-1954 person
associatedWith Hines, Louise Kerr, 1916- person
associatedWith Houston family. family
correspondedWith Houston, G. David person
correspondedWith Houston, Margaret Gladys Moran person
correspondedWith Houston, Mary Ethel Hamilton person
associatedWith Houston, William LePre. person
associatedWith Howard University. School of Law. corporateBody
associatedWith International Association of Railway Employees. corporateBody
correspondedWith Johnson, Mordecai W. (Mordecai Wyatt), 1890-1976 person
associatedWith Kester, Howard, 1904-1977. person
associatedWith McNeil, Genna Rae. person
correspondedWith Morris, Edward H. person
associatedWith National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. corporateBody
associatedWith Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). corporateBody
associatedWith Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964. person
associatedWith Railway Men's International Benevolent Industrial Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) corporateBody
correspondedWith Stout, Juanita Kidd, 1919-1998. person
associatedWith Stuart, Alice Jackson, 1913-2001. person
associatedWith Thompkins, William J., 1884-1944. person
associatedWith United Church Board for Homeland Ministries. Race Relations Dept (1943-1970) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army corporateBody
associatedWith Universidad Central (Spain) corporateBody
correspondedWith Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915 person
associatedWith Washington, George, 1732-1799 person
associatedWith Watts, Robert B., 1922- person
associatedWith Wayne, Anthony, 1745-1796 person
correspondedWith Woodson, Carter Godwin, 1875-1950 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Subject
African Americans
Labor unions--African American membership
World War, 1914-1918--France
Practice of law--Washington (D.C.)
African Americans--Education
Labor unions--Railroads
Segregation in education
African Americans--Civil rights
Labor unions, Black--United States
Occupation
African American lawyers--Washington (D.C.)
Lawyers
African American college administrators--Washington (D.C.)
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Birth 1895-09-03

Death 1950-04-22

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