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Adolph A. Hoehling Jr.

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Adolph August Hoehling Jr. (November 3, 1868 – February 17, 1941) was a United States federal judge.

Adolph A. Hoehling Jr.
Adolph August Hoehling Jr. (United States federal judge).jpg
"Lehigh Alumni Bulletin", November 1, 1921
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
In office
June 13, 1921 – December 31, 1927
Appointed by Warren G. Harding
Preceded by Ashley Mulgrave Gould
Succeeded by Peyton Gordon
Personal details
Born (1868-11-03)November 3, 1868
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died February 17, 1941(1941-02-17) (aged 72)
Washington, D.C.
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
Alma mater Columbian University
Profession Lawyer


Early lifeEdit

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Annie Tilghman Hoehling (1841–1923) and Adolph A. Hoehling (1839–1920), a rear admiral and doctor in the United States Navy's medical corps. The younger Hoehling attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Lehigh University. He received an LL.B. from Columbian University in 1889, and an LL.M. from Columbian in 1890.


He was in private practice in Washington, D.C. from 1891 to 1921. He was president of the District of Columbia Bar Association from 1916 to 1917. During World War I he served as a major in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, and was counsel to the District of Columbia draft board.[1]

On June 6, 1921, Hoehling was nominated by President Warren G. Harding to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated by Ashley Mulgrave Gould. Hoehling was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 13, 1921, and received his commission the same day.

First inauguration of Calvin CoolidgeEdit

On August 21, 1923, Hoehling re-administered the Presidential oath of office to Calvin Coolidge. Hoehling kept the second swearing in a secret until confirming Harry M. Daugherty's revelation of it in 1932.[2] When Hoehling confirmed Daugherty's story, he indicated that Daugherty, then serving as United States Attorney General, asked him to administer the oath at the Willard Hotel.[3] According to Hoehling, he did not question Daugherty's reason for requesting a second oath taking, but assumed it was to resolve any doubt about whether the first swearing in was valid, since an oath for a federal office had been administered by Coolidge's father, a Vermont notary public and justice of the peace.[3][4]

Retirement and deathEdit

Hoehling resigned from the court on December 31, 1927, and returned to private practice in Washington, D.C. He died in Washington, D.C. on February 17, 1941, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Section West, Site 155B.


On June 9, 1906, Hoehling married Louise Gilbert Carrington (1882–1968) of New Jersey. They were the parents of three children: Louise, Adolph (1914–2004) and Wilfred (1918–1922).


  1. ^ 'Who's Who in the Nation's Capital,' Consolidated Publishing Company: 1921, Biographical Sketch of Judge Adolph A. Hoehling, Jr., pg. 186
  2. ^ "Confirms Daugherty's Story of Coolidge's Second Oath". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis, MO. Associated Press. February 2, 1932. p. 1C. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ a b "Confirms Daugherty's Story of Coolidge's Second Oath".
  4. ^ Calvin Coolidge,,


Legal offices
Preceded by
Ashley Mulgrave Gould
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Succeeded by
Peyton Gordon