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Francis S. Wilson

Previous Illinois Supreme Court Justice


Francis S. Wilson was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and moved to Chicago in 1897. He attended Western Reserve University at Cleveland, Ohio. For a number of years he was a member of the firm of Darrow, Masters & Wilson. He was County Attorney of Cook County in 1912 and 1913. During World War I, he served in the regular army as Captain Judge Advocate at Camp Sherman, and was retired with the rank of Major. Justice Wilson was elected to the Circuit Court of Cook County in 1920 and later assigned to the Appellate Court for the First District of Illinois. He served as an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Illinois in 1932. On July 1, 1935, he was elected to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Justice Frederic R. DeYoung, and was re-elected in June, 1942. In 1939 he served as Chief Justice. He died March 14, 1951.