Born:  March 22, 1910
Helena, Montana

Died:  August 20, 1997
Silver Spring, Maryland

Summary by
Carl Stern

Interviews Conducted by
Thomas S. Williamson, Jr., Esq. and
Carol Elder Bruce, Esq.

Charles A. Horsky, Esq.

Oral History Text & Documentation

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Oral History Summary


Native of Helena, MT, son of Judge A. J. and Marguerite (Bowden) Horsky

A.B. (m.c.1.1, University of Washington, 1931
LL.B. (m.c.l.), Harvard University, 1934
Ph.D. (hon.), Georgetown University, 1982

Clerk to Judge A. N. Hand, 1934-1935
Attorney in Solicitor General’s Office, 1935-1937, 1938-1939
Assistant Prosecutor, War Crimes Trial, 1948
Advisor (to the President) for National Capital Affairs, 1962-1967
Partner, Covington & Burling, 1939-1962, 1967-1981; of counsel, 1982-

ABA: Member, Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary, 1968-1974
Member, Standing Committee on Judicial Selection, Tenure and Compensation, 1975-1982
Member, House of Delegates, 1978-1982
Member, Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, 1983-1988

District of Columbia Bar: Director, 1972-1978; Vice President, 1978; Chairman, Court Study Committee, 1978-1982

National Bankruptcy Conference: Chairman, 1954-1962, 1975-1984; Member, 1945-1954, 1967-1974; Honorary Chairman, 1984-

Attorney General’s Committee on Bankruptcy Administration, 1934-1940
Advisory committee on Bankruptcy Rules, 1968-1976, 1978-1984
Council for Court Excellence: Chairman, 1982-1988
University of Virginia Law School: Lecturer, 1956-1962, 1970-
D. C. Board of Higher Education: Chairman, 1967-1970; member to 1972

Salzburg Seminar: Lecturer, 1969, 1973, 1980, 1984; Member of the Board, 1980-1983

Salzburg Seminar Alumni Association: President, 1979-1988
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars: Trustee, 1969-1972
Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation: Director, 1969-1981; President, 1970-1973; Chairman of the Board, 1973-1981

National Building Museum: Trustee, 1980- ; Secretary, 1982-1987; Treasurer, 1987-

Federal City Council: Trustee, 1975-
American Indian National Bank: Director, 1975-1987
Citizens Housing Advisory Committee (of Montgomery County, MD) : Chairman, 1982-1988

National Advisory Council, ACLU, 1983-
Washington International Horse Show: Director, 1960-1984; President, 1963-1964; Trustee, 1975-1987

National Arbitration Panel: Member, 1982-1984; Chairman, 1984-
Washington Planning and Housing Association: President, 1955-1962
Commissioners’ Planning Advisory Council (D.C.): Chairman, 1960-1962
United Negro College Fund Campaigns for D. C.: Chairman, 1961, 1962
National Capital Area Civil Liberties Union: Chairman, 1962
D. C. Commissioners’ Committee on Police Arrests for Investigation: Chairman, 1962

D. C. Lawyer of the Year, 1980 (D. C. Bar Association award)
Herbert Harley Award, 1984 (American Judicature Society)
Pro Bono Award, 1989 (NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund)

The Washington Lawyer (1952)
Contributor to Conflict of Interest and Federal Service (1960)
Contributor to Congress and the Public Trust (1970)

American Bar Association
D. C. Bar
D. C. Bar Association and other professional organizations
Cosmos Club
Metropolitan Club

Married to Barbara Egleston; one daughter, Mrs. Jesse (Margaret Ellen) Burns
Honorary Degree from the District of Columbia School of Law – May 1996