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Charles Douglas III

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Charles Douglas III
Chuck Douglas.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1989 – January 3, 1991
Preceded byJudd Gregg
Succeeded byRichard Swett
Associate Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court
In office
1977 – 1985
Senior Justice: 1983-1985
Associate Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court
In office
Personal details
Charles Gywnne Douglas III

(1942-12-02) December 2, 1942 (age 77)
Abington Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Debra M. Douglas
EducationUniversity of New Hampshire (BA)
Boston University (JD)
Occupationlawyer, jurist
Military service
Branch/serviceNew Hampshire Army National Guard
Years of service1968-1991

Charles Gywnne "Chuck" Douglas III (born December 2, 1942) is an American politician, jurist, and trial lawyer. He is a former United States Representative from New Hampshire and a New Hampshire Supreme Court Associate Justice.

Early life

Born in Abington Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Douglas attended schools in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, 1960, and attended Wesleyan University from 1960 to 1962, He received a B.A. from University of New Hampshire in 1965 and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1968.


Douglas was admitted to the bar in 1968 and commenced practice in Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, from 1970 to 1972. He was legal counsel and legislative counsel to Governor Meldrim Thomson Jr. from 1973 to 1974. He served as associate justice, New Hampshire superior court, from 1974 to 1976, as associate justice, New Hampshire Supreme Court, from 1977 to 1983, and senior justice from 1983 to 1985.

Elected as a Republican to the 101st Congress, Douglas served as United States Representative for the state of New Hampshire from (January 3, 1989 – January 3, 1991). He served as a member of the Committee on the Judiciary from January 3, 1989 to October 28, 1990.[1] He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1990 to the 102nd Congress.

Douglas has served as an Adjunct Faculty member at University of New Hampshire School of Law and at the American Bar Association’s Appellate Judge’s Seminars. He has served as Chairman of the New Hampshire Constitution Bicentennial Education Commission and a member of the Constitutional Convention Study Commission.

In addition to publishing over forty articles, Douglas is the author of two books. One, New Hampshire Practice and Procedure: Family Law is the definitive source for New Hampshire Divorce and family law, and is used by New Hampshire divorce and family law attorneys, and is frequently referred to in New Hampshire Supreme Court decisions. He also authored the New Hampshire Evidence Manual. This evidence book is relied upon by New Hampshire lawyers and courts during litigation, and is cited to by the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

Chairman, Governor's Judicial Selection Commission, 2017–present

Chairman, New Hampshire Judicial Retirement Plan Board of Trustees, 2004-2008

Executive Director of the Plan 2009–present

Distinguished Service to the Profession Award, New Hampshire Bar Association 2017.

Lifetime Achievement Award. New Hampshire Association for Justice, 2014.

A retired Colonel with the New Hampshire Army National Guard (1968 to 1991), Douglas practices law as the President of Douglas Leonard & Garvey P.C., a seven-attorney, plaintiff's and employment law firm in Concord.

In 2018 he was named the #1 Personal Injury Trial Lawyer in New Hampshire by N.H. Magazine.

He is also the publisher of the Bow Times newspaper in Bow, N.H. where he served on the Town Budget Committee.

Personal life

Because of his experience as a New Hampshire Judge and New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice as well as his record of success as a trial lawyer, Douglas is frequently requested to lecture on personal injury and employment law matters. He is a resident of Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, and is married to Debra M. Douglas, Chairman of the State's Lottery Commission.


  1. ^ Where No Man Has Gone Before. Government Printing Office. p. 152. Retrieved 12 August 2014.

External links

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Judd Gregg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Richard Swett

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

This page was last edited on 14 February 2020, at 14:21
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