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Barbara Crabb profile


Read More About It

Wisconsin State Journal, "Barbara Crabb to be U.S. judge," 5/19/79, page 1A

Wisconsin State Journal, "Barbara Crabb takes federal judge's oath," 11/27/79

Wisconsin State Journal, "Isolation is hard to take, judge says, 10/15/81

Wisconsin State Journal, "Judge Crabb accustomed to controversy," May 7, 1989, page 3B


Vocabulary:

U.S. District judge
Western District


Interesting Fact:

Barbara Crabb's husband, Ted, was the director of the Wisconsin Union at the UW-Madison from 1968 until he retired in 2001.


Study Questions:

  • What type of cases does a federal judge hear?
  • What have been some of the more controversial cases handled by Judge Crabb?
  • Are there other female judges in Wisconsin? Who?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Barbara Crabb:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on November 27:

    1973: Gerald Ford is confirmed as vice-president by the U.S. Senate, succeeding Spiro Agnew.



  • November 27

    November 27, 1979: Barbara Crabb became the 38th female federal judge in U. S. history and the first in the state when she took office as U. S. District judge for the Western District of Wisconsin.


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