The Margaret Sanger Papers


Herbert, Henry W. (1871-1937)

Lawyer and judge. Married (wife's name not found), three children. Educated in New York and Dublin, he returned to New York City to practice law. In 1909 Herbert was named a magistrate and in 1915 he was appointed as a justice to the Court of Special Sessions. He was one of the three justices who presided over the trial and conviction of William Sanger for violating the Comstock Law by distributing a copy of Margaret Sanger's pamphlet, Family Limitation. Herbert, who served on the bench until his retirement in 1935, was also president of the Florence Crittendon Home for Girls and was an outspoken advocate of establishing a separate women's night court. He was also known for his work in such Catholic organizations as the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Club.