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Herbert Peter Sorg

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Herbert Peter Sorg
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
In office
December 20, 1976 – March 11, 1979
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
In office
Preceded byRabe Ferguson Marsh Jr.
Succeeded byGerald Joseph Weber
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
In office
August 1, 1955 – December 20, 1976
Appointed byDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded bySeat established by 68 Stat. 8
Succeeded byAlan Neil Bloch
123rd Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
Preceded byFranklin H. Lichtenwalter
Succeeded byCharles C. Smith
Personal details
Herbert Peter Sorg

(1911-12-19)December 19, 1911
St. Mary's, Pennsylvania
DiedMarch 11, 1979(1979-03-11) (aged 67)
Political partyRepublican
EducationDuquesne University School of Law (LL.B.)

Herbert Peter Sorg (December 19, 1911 – March 11, 1979) was a Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and later a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Education and career

Born in St. Mary's, Pennsylvania,[1] Sorg received a Bachelor of Laws from Duquesne University School of Law in 1935. He was in private practice of law in St. Mary's from 1935 to 1955. He was Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1940 to 1953, serving as majority whip from 1945 to 1947, majority leader in 1947, and Speaker from 1947 to 1953.[1][2]

Federal judicial service

On May 20, 1955, Sorg was nominated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania created by 68 Stat. 8. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 29, 1955, and received his commission on August 1, 1955. He served as Chief Judge from 1975 to 1976, and assumed senior status on December 20, 1976. He was a Judge of the Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals from 1977 to 1979. He remained in senior status until his death on March 11, 1979.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Gallery of Speakers' Portraits - Herbert P. Sorg" (PDF). 8 August 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 August 2006.
  2. ^ a b Herbert Peter Sorg at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.


Political offices
Preceded by
Franklin H. Lichtenwalter
Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Charles C. Smith
Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 68 Stat. 8
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Alan Neil Bloch
Preceded by
Rabe Ferguson Marsh Jr.
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Gerald Joseph Weber
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