K, Knaebel, Ernest
Edited By: Kermit L. Hall, James W. Ely Jr., Joel B. Grossman
Edited By: Kermit L. Hall
(b. Manhasset, N.Y., 14 June 1872; d. West Boxford, Mass., 19 Feb. 1947), reporter of decisions, 1916–1944. Knaebel received the A.B. (1894), LL.B. (1896), and LL.M. (1897) from Yale. He was admitted to the New Mexico and New York bars and practiced with Shearman & Sterling in New York City from 1897 to 1899. He moved to Colorado in 1898 and practiced with his father in Denver. Later becoming an attorney for the federal government, he prosecuted public land frauds in the West, and served as assistant U.S. attorney in Colorado from 1902 to 1907.
Knaebel came to Washington in 1907 as special assistant to the attorney general. He practiced in the Justice Department and in 1911 became assistant attorney general. He organized and directed the Public Lands Division of the Justice Department and directed litigation concerning public and Indian lands. In this capacity, he argued many cases before the Supreme Court. He succeeded Charles Henry *Butler as the Court’s reporter of decisions in 1916, eventually editing volumes 242 through 321 of the *United States Reports. Butler wrote that Knaebel had not known the position was vacant and that Knaebel was surprised by his appointment. Under Knaebel’s tenure, the office of reporter was reorganized by statute and the printing and sale of the U.S. Reports exclusively by the government was begun. Knaebel resigned because of poor health in 1944.
See also reporters, supreme court.