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Homer Truett Bone (January 25, 1883 – March 11, 1970) was a United States federal judge and Senator from Washingtonmarker.

Bone was born in Franklin, Indianamarker, and his family moved to Tacoma, Washingtonmarker in 1899. Bone attended Tacoma Law School and was admitted to the Bar in 1911. Bone specialized in labor law, and served as an assistant special prosecutor for Pierce Countymarker in 1912, as the Corporate Counsel for the Port of Tacoma from 1918 to 1932, and as an attorney for Tacoma City Light. In 1918, Bone married Blanche Slye. Bone ran unsuccessfully for prosecuting attorney and Mayor of Tacoma as a Socialist, and for the Third District Congressional seat as a Farmer-Labor candidate. in 1922 Bone served in the Washington State House, where he advocated for the ability of local government to form public utility districts. In 1928 Bone again ran unsuccessfully for Congress, this time as a Republican.

In 1932, Bone finally won election to the United States Senate, this time as a Democrat, and served from 1933-1944. Bone continued his advocacy for public owned power, and other progressive causes. Bone supported creation of the Bonneville Dammarker and the Grand Coulee Dammarker. In the war, Bone was an isolationist. Bone wrote the legislation which created the National Cancer Institute.

Bone was a federal judge to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Bone was nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on April 1, 1944, to a seat vacated by Bert E. Haney. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 1, 1944, and received commission the same day. Assumed senior status on January 1, 1956. He was in private practice of law in San Francisco, Californiamarker from 1956 to 1968, and died in Tacoma in 1970.


  1. University of Washington Library Special Collection
  2. Congressional biography
  3. Bone, Homer Truett (1883-1970) at

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