Nebraska Authors

Samuel Van Pelt

AKA: Sam

Born 1936-02-10

Died 2017-09-11
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Former Lawyer, Lancaster District Judge, and Lancaster County Sheriff, Samuel Van Pelt was locally renowned for his pithy observations. His book What Psalm-Singing Son of a Bitch Said That?: A Collection of Legal and Political Reminiscences was a 30-year labor of love.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Hickman, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Law; Politics; Memoirs


High School Diploma, 1953, Lincoln High School, Lincoln, NE
Bachelor of Science degree, 1957, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Juris Doctor, 1961, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


Insurance Director
Lancaster County (Nebraska) District Judge (1972-1983)
Lancaster County (Nebraska) Sheriff (1994)

Places Worked

Lancaster County District Court
Lancaster County Sheriff's Office
Private Law Practice, 1961-1971
Nebraska State Department of Insurance


Torch of Liberty Award, Anti-Defamation League of B'Nai B'Rith, 1985


Senator James Exon
Charles Pallesen, Jr.
Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation


"What Psalm-Singing Son of a Bitch Said That?": A Collection of Legal and Political Reminiscences. 2001.
Big Jim Exon: A Political Biography. co-author with Charles Pallesen, Jr., 2013.

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