Born September 9, 1897, in Gosper County, NE
Died April 27, 1988
Federal Judicial Service
Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
Nominated by Dwight D. Eisenhower on May 22, 1957, to a seat vacated by John W. Delehant; Confirmed by the Senate on June 11, 1957, and received commission on June 13, 1957. Assumed senior status on May 5, 1970. Service terminated on April 27, 1988, due to death.
Doane College, Crete, Nebraska, A.B., 1920
University of Nebraska College of Law, LL.B., 1922
For a history of Judge Van Pelt's early years, and his work as an Assistant U.S. Attorney assisting in the investigation and prosecution of the biggest bank robbery in history, see "The Great Heist" by Jeff McArthur (2013), page 53 et seq.