Item SR11094_T02S2 - Oral history interview with Ancer L. Haggerty [Sound Recording 04]

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Oral history interview with Ancer L. Haggerty [Sound Recording 04]


  • 2006-01-13 (Creation)


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Ancer Lee Haggerty was born in Vanport, Oregon, in 1944. He attended the University of Oregon and graduated in 1966. He enrolled in the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Training program while at the University of Oregon. In 1968, he was called to active duty in Vietnam, where he was wounded by shrapnel to the arm. He was awarded the Silver Star. After his discharge from the military, he attended the University of California Hastings College of the Law. He earned his juris doctorate in 1973 and passed the Oregon bar that same year. He began his legal career in as a law clerk for the Metropolitan Public Defender in Portland, serving until 1977. He then practiced law at the Schwabe, Williamson, and Wyatt law firm. In 1983, he and Judith Ann Blair were married; Blair had one child, and together they later had two more children. Haggerty served as a judge on the Multnomah County District Court from 1989 to 1990, on the Multnomah County Circuit Court from 1990 to 1993, and on the U.S. District Court of Oregon from 1993 to 2014. He served as chief judge of that court from 2002 to 2009.

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Tape 2, Side 2. This oral history interview with Ancer L. Haggerty was conducted by Clark Hansen in Haggerty’s chambers at the U.S. District Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, in four sessions from December 9, 2005, to February 23, 2006. Interview sessions in December 2005, part of a session in January 2006, and the session in February 2006 were recorded on audiocassette. Part of the session in January 2006 was recorded on videocassette. In the December 2005 and January 2006 sessions recorded on audiocassette, Haggerty discusses his family background and early life in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Portland, including his involvement in high school football. He talks about attending the University of Oregon, his views on the Vietnam War, and joining the Marine Corps. He discusses his military training, being wounded in Vietnam in 1968, and his rehabilitation. He also discusses some of the politics contemporary to the interview session in 2005. He talks about attending the U.C. Hastings College of the Law and taking the Oregon bar exam in 1973. Haggerty speaks about his legal career, beginning with a brief discussion of his work as a public defender for the Metropolitan Public Defender in Portland from 1973 to 1977. He then talks about working as a lawyer with Schwabe, Williamson, and Wyatt, from 1977 to 1989. He discusses his marriage to Judith Ann Blair in 1983, and their children. He talks about serving as a judge on the Multnomah County Circuit Court from 1990 to 1993, including his appointment by Governor Neil Goldschmidt, some of the cases he heard, and his re-election campaign. He then talks about serving as a judge on the U.S. District Court of Oregon from 1993 to the time of the interview in 2006. He talks about his nomination by President Bill Clinton.

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Joint copyright for this interview is held by the Oregon Historical Society and the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society. Use is allowed according to the following statement: In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted:

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