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William Cook Hanson, American judge. Ba: Iowa 1935, United States District Court Iowa 1935. Recipient Bell Tower award Bell Tower Festival Committee, 1983; named to Jefferson Alumni Hall of Fame, Alumni Committee, 1973. President Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, 1936. Member American Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Greene County Bar Association, Rotary (Paul Harris fellow 1986), Shriners, Order of Coif.

Background

Hanson, William Cook was born on May 14, 1909 in Jefferson, Iowa, United States. Son of Willis and Pearl Ann (Cook) Hanson.

Education

Bachelor, State University Iowa, 1933. Juris Doctor, State University Iowa, 1935.

Career

Private practice law, Jefferson, 1935-1955;county attorney, Greene County, Jefferson, 1939-1946;district judge, 16th Judicial District of Iowa, 1955-1962;district judge, United States District Court (northern and southern districts) Iowa, Des Moines, 1962-1991;senior United States district judge, United States District Court (northern and southern districts) Iowa, Des Moines, 1991-1995;chief judge, United States District Court (southern district) Iowa, 1971-1975. Member Judicial Conference Committee on Criminal Law, 1975-1981.

Achievements

  • Ba: Iowa 1935, United States District Court Iowa 1935.

Religion

No one is beyond the reach of God's love. Salvation is there for everyone who turns to God, and not just for a chosen few.

Politics

The use of force may be supported in extreme situations and when the need to do so is beyond reasonable doubt.

Views

Every Church member should be trusted with responsibilities. In building the local Methodist groups or 'societies', they should be trained to maintain the meetings and give pastoral care and challenge to the members.

Membership

President Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, 1936. Member American Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Greene County Bar Association, Rotary (Paul Harris fellow 1986), Shriners, Order of Coif.

Connections

Son of Willis and Pearl Ann (Cook) H. M. M(arietta) Ruth Hastings, September 18, 1938. Children: James W., Thomas D., Jay D., Cynthia G., R. Elaine, Robert B.

father:
Willis Hanson

mother:
Pearl Ann (Cook) Hanson

spouse:
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child:
James W. Hanson

child:
Thomas D. Hanson

child:
Jay D. Hanson

child:
Cynthia G. Hanson

child:
R. Elaine Hanson

child:
Robert B. Hanson