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March 16, 2000

Charles H. Leavy
Charles Henry Leavy (February 16, 1884 – September 25, 1952) was a congressman from eastern Washington and a federal judge.[1]
Born on a farm near York, Pennsylvania, Leavy moved to Kansas City, Missouri, with his parents in 1887. He attended the public schools of Missouri and the Warrensburg Normal School, the Bellingham Normal School in western Washington, and the Kansas City School of Law in Missouri. Leavy taught school in Missouri near Independence from 1903 to 1906, and in eastern Washington at Everson, Touchet, Kahlotus, and Connell from 1906 to 1913.
Leavy studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1912 and commenced practice in Newport in northeast Washington. He served as prosecuting attorney of Pend Oreille County from 1915 to 1918, and moved south to Spokane in 1918, where he was special assistant U.S. district attorney for eastern Washington 1918-1921. He was prosecuting attorney of Spokane County from 1922 to 1926, until elected a judge[3] of the superior court of the State of Washington in November 1926,[4] where he served ten years. He ran for the open U.S. Senate seat of Clarence Dill in 1934,[5] but was unsuccessful in the primary against Lewis B. Schwellenbach,[6] a Seattle attorney raised in Spokane, who easily won the general election over Reno Odlin of Olympia.[7]
Leavy ran for an open seat in Congress in 1936 and was easily elected from Washington's 5th district as a Democrat. Re-elected in 1938 and 1940, Leavy's publicly stated ambition was to become a federal judge,[8] and he was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Tacoma.[9] [10] Leavy resigned his house seat on August 1, 1942, and served ten years on the court, until his retirement on September 1, 1952. He had been diagnosed with a heart condition for over a year, and had a second paralytic stroke on September 11.[1] Leavy died in Tacoma, September 25, 1952, and was interred in Mountain View Memorial Park in Tacoma.
  1. "Federal judge Charles Leavy dies in Tacoma". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. September 25, 1952. p. 1.
  2. "Longtime Pasco attorney James Leavy died June 25". Tri-City Herald. Washington. July 9, 1987. p. B4.
  3. "Charles Leavy leads in poll of lawyers". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. September 3, 1926. p. 1.
  4. "Charles Leavy becomes judge". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. November 16, 1926. p. 3.
  5. "Charles Leavy tosses his hat in Senate race". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. July 12, 1934. p. 1.
  6. "Schwellenbach ahead of Leavy in race for Senate nomination". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. September 12, 1934. p. 1.
  7. "Schwellenbach beats Odlin". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. November 7, 1934. p. 1.
  8. "Leavy is willing to mount bench of U.S. court". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. August 29, 1939. p. 1.
  9. "Leavy is expected to become judge". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. October 15, 1941. p. 1.
  10. "Leavy judgeship question held up". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. December 31, 1941. p. 3.
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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website
United States House of Representatives
Preceded bySamuel B. Hill Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington's 5th congressional district 1937–1942 Succeeded byWalt Horan
Legal offices
Preceded byEdward E. Cushman Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington 1942–1952 Succeeded byGeorge Hugo Boldt

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