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Rubey M. Hulen

Rubey Mosley Hulen (July 9, 1894 – July 7, 1956) was a United States federal judge. In July, 1950, Judge Hulen issued a landmark injunction requiring the City of St. Louis, Missouri to open its Fairgrounds and Marquette swimming pools to people of color.

Born in Hallsville, Missouri, Hulen graduated from Kansas City School of Law in 1914. He was in private practice in Centralia, Missouri from 1915 to 1917. He was in the United States Army Lieutenant Commander from 1917 to 1918. He was a Prosecuting attorney of Boone County, Missouri from 1920 to 1924. He was in private practice in St. Louis, Missouri from 1919 to 1943. Lecturer, Washington University Law School,.

Hulen was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Hulen was nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on July 8, 1943, to a seat vacated by Charles B. Davis. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 8, 1943, and received his commission on July 14, 1943. Hulen served in that capacity until his death.

On June 19, 1950, three African Americans attempted to enter the Fairgrounds Park Pool in St. Louis, Missouri, in contravention of the city's segregation policy, which had been re-instituted following one day of integration in 1949 which culminated in The Fairgrounds Park Riot. A pool attendant told the three African Americans attempting access in June, 1950 that they needed permits to enter the pool. The St. Louis chapter of the NAACP sued in US District Court, seeking a court order requiring desegration of the city's swimming pools.

Legal offices
Preceded by
Charles B. Davis
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
Succeeded by
Randolph Henry Weber



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