George Hugo Boldt

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George Hugo Boldt (December 28, 1903 – March 18, 1984) was a United States federal judge. Boldt was born in Chicago, Illinois. He received a B.A. from the University of Montana in 1925. He received an LL.B. from the University of Montana School of Law in 1926. He was in private practice in Helena, Montana from 1926 to 1927. He was in private practice in Seattle, Washington from 1928 to 1945. He was in the United States Army Lieutenant Colonel from 1942 to 1945. He was a State special deputy attorney general of Washington in 1940 and from 1946 to 1947. He was in private practice in Tacoma, Washington from 1946 to 1953. He was a Special prosecuting attorney of Pierce County, Washington from 1948 to 1949.

Boldt was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Boldt was nominated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on June 10, 1953, to a seat vacated by Charles H. Leavy. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 14, 1953, and received his commission the same day. He served as chief judge from 1971-1971. On October 22, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon appointed him chairman of the Pay Board, an agency established within the Executive Office under the Economic Stabilization Program. Boldt’s opinion in United States v. Washington (1974) upheld tribal fishing rights under several treaties. Boldt’s service was terminated on March 18, 1984, due to death.

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