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This collection contains photocopies of correspondence, journal articles, speeches, and news articles pertaining to Judge Trieber's political and judicial career, including his involvement in several landmark civil rights and labor cases. The papers also include correspondence and research notes about Treiber by Judge Gerald Heaney.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jacob Trieber was appointed by President William McKinley as United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas on July 26, 1900. He was the first Jewish person appointed to a federal judgeship in the United States. Trieber was born in Germany, October 6, 1853, and moved with his parents to St. Louis, Missouri, in1866. In 1868, the family moved to Helena, Arkansas, where Jacob Trieber studied law and entered the Arkansas Bar in 1876. He practiced law in Helena and was active in local politics. He was appointed United States Attorney for the Eastern Arkansas District in 1897, and then appointed to the federal bench in Little Rock in 1900. An active member of the Republican Party, Trieber served on the Republican State Committee and as a delegate to the National Republican convention for many years. He served as a federal judge until his death on September 27, 1927.Judge Gerald Heaney gathered these materials while researching his UALR Law Review article, "Jacob Treiber: Lawyer, Politician, Judge," 1985-1986.

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Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Jacob Trieber research project papers, MS.000279


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

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Jacob Trieber research project papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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