Knaebel, Ernest Summary

  • Last updated on November 11, 2022

Knaebel, whose most significant contributions were made as editor of United States Reports, developed a reputation before the Supreme Court as an effective advocate on issues relating to public and Indian lands.

After his graduation from Yale University in 1897, Knaebel developed law practices in New York and Denver. During the administration of President Theodore Roosevelt, the Republican Knaebel served as U.S. attorney in Colorado (1902-1907) and as special assistant to the attorney general (1907-1909). During President William H. Taft’s administration, Knaebel continued to work in the Justice Department, rising to the position of assistant attorney general (1911-1913). In 1916 Knaebel was appointed editor of United States Reports, which became the official instrument for reporting the decisions of the Supreme Court. Under Knaebel’s editorship, United States ReportsUnited States Reports[United States Reports] became an official government document that was controlled by the Supreme Court. Knaebel’s demands for excellence enhanced its credibility and distribution. He continued to serve as editor until 1944 when he retired because of health problems.Reporters, Supreme CourtReporters, Supreme Court

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