Memorable Manitobans: Charles Andrews Huston (1876-1922)
Born in Ontario on 5 May 1876, son of James Huston and Hattie Andrews (1849-1911), he took teacher training and worked in rural Manitoba for several years beginning around 1894, including as teacher (1896-1898) and Principal (1897-1898) of Souris School. He attended the University of Manitoba for one year.
In 1900, he enrolled at the University of Chicago where he spent the next six years between his studies and teaching. He obtained a BA degree (1902) and worked at the university as a Fellow of Political Economy (1902-1903), Assistant in Rhetoric (1903-1904), and Associate of Rhetoric (1904-1906) before completing his courses and obtaining a JD degree (1907). He would later return to his alma mater to deliver the 1916 commencement speech.
Despite an offer of a law firm partnership, he opted to continue his role in education at the Leland Stanford Junior University (known more commonly as Stanford University) as an Instructor of Law (1906-1908) at its Stanford Law School, followed with tenures as an Assistant Profesor (1908-1911) and Professor (1911-1916).
In 1913, he completed his JSD thesis The Enforcement of Decrees in Equity and degree from Harvard Law School then was named Dean of the Stanford Law School (1916-1922), a position he would hold until his death. During the First World War, he was granted a leave of absense as Dean, taking his expertise to the Intelligence Department of the War Trade Board (December 1917 - Fall 1918) as well as some time within Provost Marshal General’s Office. During this period, he was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize (1917, 1918).
In 1909, he married Margaret Davidson (c1882-?) whom he had met while at the University of Chicago.
He died at his Stanford Law School campus residence in Palo Alto, California on 19 July 1922.
1901 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.
“University and Educational News,” Science, 3 July 1908, page 17.
The Enforcement of Decrees in Equity, by Charles Andrews Huston, June 1913, JSD thesis, Harvard University Press (1915).
“Charles Andrews Huston, Dean of Law, since 1916,” Daily Palo Alto, 30 November 1920, page 2.
“Dean C. A. Huston dies suddenly at home wednesday,” Daily Palo Alto, 21 July 1922, pages 1 & 4.
“Dean Charles Andrews Huston,” Daily Palo Alto, 21 July 1922, page 2.
“Law students propose memorial library in honor of Dean Huston,” Daily Palo Alto, 25 January 1923, page 1.
“List of university gifts is announced," Daily Palo Alto, 28 June 1923, page 2.
A Brief History of the Stanford Law School, 1893-1946, by Marion R. Kirkwood & William B. Owens, Stanford University, March 1961.
Chronology of SLS Leadership, Stanford Law School.
Charles Andrews Huston, NobelPrize.org
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 29 December 2021