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<p>Senior U.S. District Court Judge Ancer L. Haggerty reflects on his journey to and from the bench of justice at the federal courthouse in Portland. Born in Vanport, three years before a devastating flood wiped out the city, Haggerty rose to become both the first African-American federal judge and the first black circuit court judge in Oregon.</p>

Senior U.S. District Court Judge Ancer L. Haggerty reflects on his journey to and from the bench of justice at the federal courthouse in Portland. Born in Vanport, three years before a devastating flood wiped out the city, Haggerty rose to become both the first African-American federal judge and the first black circuit court judge in Oregon.

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Judge Ancer L. Haggerty seems to prefer to let his distinctions and accomplishments shine for themselves. The journey that saw him go from just another face in the Marines to making history as both the first African-American federal judge and first black circuit court judge in Oregon was not necessarily what he envisioned for himself early on.