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Van Pelt, Robert

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

Professional Career

Private practice, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1921-1957

Assistant U.S. attorney, District of Nebraska, 1930-1934

Instructor, Nebraska College of Law, 1946-1957


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.

Books Referencing Judge Van Pelt

Excerpt from Reach Out and Live by Otis Young

Induction (August 1, 1957)

Judge Van Pelt Remembered (September 21, 2017)

Memorial (September 26, 1988)

Oral History, Creighton University School of Law     Download Oral History Video *
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Portrait (November 3, 1990)

Research Collections

Resolution: In Memoriam (July 14, 1988)