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Lawyers and Poetry

Robert Hale


Robert Hale was born in Portland, Maine. His father, Clarence Hale was a U.S. District court judge. Hale graduated from Bowdoin in 1910, attended Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar, recieving his B.A. in 1912. He was a student at Harvard Law School (1913-1914) and returned to Oxford in 1921 for his M.A.

Hale was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1914 and joined Choate, Hall & Stewart law firm in Boston in that same year. He returned to Maine 2 years later, passed the bar again, and practiced with Verrill, Hale, Booth & Ives, a Portland law firm in 1917.

He served in the Army during World War I and was part of the American Expeditionary Force in France. After the war he returned to Portland to practice law. In 1942, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives after serving in the Maine House of Represenatives from 1922 to 1930. He served 8 terms in the Congress.

Hale's poetry appeared in the New Yorker, Catholic World, and Christian Century. [Source: American National Biography]

Law Practice and Politics: "Hale was an attorney in Boston (1914-1916), Portland (1917-1942), and Washington, D.C. (1959-1975). He served in the Maine state legislature (1923-1930) and was a U.S. Representative from Maine (1943-1958)." [Robert Hale Papers, Bowdoin College]

Robert Hale

Robert Hale
Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress


Robert Hale, Early Days of Church and State in Maine (Brunswick, Maine: The College, 1910)

Research Resources

Robert Hall Papers
Bowdoin College
Brunswick, Maine