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Hubert Louis Will, American federal judge. Bar: Wisconsin 1937, Illinois 1946, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1941. Decorated Bronze Star.


Will, Hubert Louis was born on April 23, 1914 in Milwaukee. Son of Louis E. and Erna (Barthman) Will.


Bachelor of Arts, University of Chicago, 1935;Juris Doctor, University of Chicago, 1937;L.L.D. (honorary), John Marshall Law School, 1973.


He received an A.B. from the University of Chicago in 1935 and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1937. He was a staff attorney with the General Counsel's Office at the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1937 to 1939. In 1939, he served as special secretary to U.S. Senator Robert F. Wagner.

The same year he was appointed clerk of the Senate Committee on Banking and Currency. From 1940 to 1941, he became a special assistant to U.S. attorney General, serving in the Tax Division. He became an assistant to General Counsel for the Office of Price Administration in 1942.

He became tax counsel at the U.S. Alien Property Custodian in 1943. He was a Chief of the Counter-Espionage Branch, European Theater, of the Office of Strategic Services from 1943 to 1945. He was commissioned a captain in the United States Army at the end of World War II, serving from 1945 to 1946.

He entered private practice in Chicago thereafter and continued until his appointment to the federal bench. Will was nominated by President John F. Kennedy on September 14, 1961, to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois created by 75 Stat. 80. He was confirmed on September 21, 1961, and received his commission on September 22, 1961.

He assumed senior status on April 23, 1979, and served in that capacity until his death on December 9, 1995, in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.


  • Bar: Wisconsin 1937, Illinois 1946, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1941.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles legal publications.


Chairman Chicago Committee Youth Welfare, 1957-1961. Served as captain Office of Strategic Services Army of the United States, 1944-1945, chief counterespionage branch, European Theatre of Operations. Member American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, American Judicature Society, American Veterans Committee, World Vets Federation (vice president county United States of America). M C.


Married Phyllis Nicholson, July 23, 1938. Children: Jon Nicholson, Wendy (deceased), Nikki, Ami Louise. Married Jane R. Greene, December 20, 1969.

Louis E. Will

Erna (Barthman) Will

Phyllis Nicholson

Jane R. Greene

Jon Nicholson Will

Wendy Will (deceased)

Nikki Will

Ami Louise Will