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Charles Douglas, III



Charles Gywnne "Chuck" Douglas, III (born December 2, 1942) is a former U.S. Representative from New Hampshire and New Hampshire Supreme Court Associate Justice.

Born in Abington, Pennsylvania, Douglas attended schools in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, 1960. He attended Wesleyan University from 1960 to 1962, and received a B.A. from University of New Hampshire in 1965 and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1968. He served as colonel with the New Hampshire Army National Guard, 1968 to 1991. He was admitted to the bar in 1968 and commenced practice in Manchester, New Hampshire from 1970 to 1974.

He was legal counsel and legislative counsel to Governor Meldrim Thomson Jr. from 1973 to 1974. He served as associate justice, New Hampshire superior court, from 1974 to 1976, as associate justice, New Hampshire Supreme Court, from 1977 to 1983, and senior justice from 1983 to 1985.

Douglas was elected as a Republican to the 101st Congress (January 3, 1989–January 3, 1991). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1990 to the 102nd Congress. He is a resident of Concord, New Hampshire.

Douglas was married in 1991 to Caroline George, his law partner in Douglas & George. They practiced law together from 1990 to 1996. In 1996, Douglas filed for divorce. Their divorce case included "many months of often fierce litigation, including multiple interlocutory petitions" to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, and led to two decisions there, 143 N.H. 419 (1999) and 146 N.H. 205 (2001). Caroline repeatedly asserted that there was a systemic bias against her by New Hampshire judges because Douglas had been on the state Supreme Court. She appealed the 2001 ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, which denied certiorari.

Douglas has authored: New Hampshire Practice and Procedure, Family Law (1333 pages) 2002 New Hampshire Evidence Manual (464 Pages) 2001 (4th Edition)

Douglas practices law as the managing partner of Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. in Concord.




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