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Federal judge

Howell Cobb, American lawyer, specializing in the field of.


Cobb, Howell was born on December 7, 1922 in Atlanta. Son of Howell and Dorothy (Hart) Cobb.


Student, St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland., 1940-1942;Bachelor of Laws, University of Virginia, 1948.


Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Cobb joined the United States Navy in 1942, completing his cadet training in 1943 and serving as a Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps from 1943 to 1945, during which time he was a fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater. He then returned to school, receiving an LL.B. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1948. He went into private practice, first in Houston, Texas, from 1949 to 1954, and then in Beaumont, Texas, from 1954 to 1985.

On February 26, 1985, President Ronald Reagan nominated Cobb to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, created by 98 Stat. 333. Cobb was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 3, 1985, and received his commission the following day. He assumed senior status on March 1, 2001, and continued serving in that capacity upon his death of a heart attack, during a family vacation in Castine, Maine.


President Beaumont Art Museum, 1969, board directors, 1967-1968. Member vestry St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Beaumont, 1973. Member board adjustment City of Beaumont, 1972-1982.

Trustee All Saints Episcopal School, Beaumont, 1972-1976. 1st lieutenant United States Marine Corps, 1942-1945, PTO. Member of American Bar Association, Maritime Law Association United States, American Board Trial Advocates, American Judicature Society, Jefferson County Bar Association (secretary 1960, board directors 1960-1961, 1967-1968), State Bar Texas (grievance committee 1970-1972, chairman 1972, admissions committee 1974—2005, board directors 1993-1994, advisory member).


Married Torrance Chalmers (deceased 1963). Children: Catherine Cobb Cook, Howell III, Mary Ann Cobb Walton. Married Amelie Suberbielle, July 3, 1965.

Children: Caroline Cobb Ervin, Thomas H., John L.

Howell Cobb

Dorothy (Hart) Cobb

Torrance Chalmers

Amelie Suberbielle

Catherine Cobb Cook Cobb

Howell III Cobb

Mary Ann Cobb Walton Cobb

Caroline Cobb Ervin Cobb

Thomas H. Cobb

John L. Cobb