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Robert G. Simmons

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Robert Glenmore Simmons
23rd Chief Justice of Nebraska
In office
Preceded byCharles A. Goss
Succeeded byPaul W. White
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1933
Preceded byAugustin Humphrey
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
BornDecember 25, 1891
Scottsbluff, Nebraska, U.S.
DiedDecember 27, 1969 (aged 78)
Lincoln, Nebraska
Political partyRepublican
Alma materHastings College
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Robert Glenmore Simmons (December 25, 1891 – December 27, 1969) was a Nebraska Republican politician.

Simmons was born on December 25, 1891 near Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He attended Hastings College from 1909 to 1911 and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1915. He was admitted to the bar in 1915 and set up practice in Gering, Nebraska. He was elected prosecuting attorney of Scotts Bluff County in 1916. During the first World War, on October 15, 1917, he enlisted in the army. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Service on March 12, 1918 and was discharged on January 14, 1919.

Simmons was elected as a Republican to the 68th through 72nd Congresses (March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1933) to represent Nebraska's 6th district. When Nebraska lost a district, he ran and lost in the preceding new district in 1932. He ran for the United States Senate in 1934 against Edward R. Burke and in 1936 against George W. Norris, losing both times. He resumed practicing law in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Simmons was elected chief justice of the Supreme Court of Nebraska in 1938. He was also a deputy judge in the administrative tribunal of the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1955. While serving as Chief Justice, along with the chief justices of New Jersey, Arthur T. Vanderbilt, and Missouri, Laurance M. Hyde, he co-founded the Conference of Chief Justices in 1949. He retired in January 1963 after twenty-four years as the chief justice of Nebraska.

He returned to private law in Lincoln, Nebraska. He died in Lincoln on December 27, 1969 and is interred in Fairview Cemetery, Scottsbluff.

He was a Congregationalist, a member of the American Bar Association, a member of the Order of the Coif, a member of the American Legion, a Freemason and a Shriner.

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  1. "Simmons, Robert Glenmore". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved January 14, 2006.
  2. "Simmons, Robert Glenmore". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved January 14, 2006.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Augustin Reed Humphrey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 6th congressional district

March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1933
Succeeded by
District abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles A. Goss
Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court
Succeeded by
Paul W. White
Party political offices
Preceded by
J.H. Kemp
Republican nominee for
U.S. Senator from Nebraska (Class 1)

Succeeded by
Hugh Butler
Preceded by
George W. Norris
Republican nominee for
U.S. Senator from Nebraska (Class 2)

Succeeded by
Kenneth S. Wherry
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