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Charles H. Leavy

Charles H. Leavy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1937 – August 1, 1942
Preceded by Samuel B. Hill
Succeeded by Walt Horan
Personal details
Born Charles Henry Leavy
(1884-02-16)February 16, 1884
York, Pennsylvania
Died September 25, 1952(1952-09-25) (aged 68)
Tacoma, Washington
Resting place Mountain View Memorial Park
Tacoma, Washington
Nationality  United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Pearl Williams Leavy[1]
Children 2 sons
Charles W. Leavy
James Leavy (d.1987)[2]
Residence Tacoma, Washington (1942–52)
Veradale and various locations in eastern Washington
Alma mater Kansas City School of Law, Bellingham (WA) Normal School
Profession Judge, Lawyer, Educator

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, the Warrensburg (Missouri) Normal School, the Bellingham (Washington) Normal School, and the Kansas City (Missouri) School of Law. Leavy taught school near Independence, Missouri 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 United States 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.


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