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Oscar E. Heard

Previous Illinois Supreme Court Justice


Oscar E. Heard was born at Freeport, June 26, 1856; after leaving the public schools he finished his education at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, and was admitted to the bar January 17, 1879; entered the practice of law at Freeport; was State’s Attorney, Stephenson County, 1884 to 1900; was elected Judge of the Circuit Court in 1909 and served continuously until his election as a member of the Supreme Court in June 2, 1924; served as member of Appellate Court, was a member of the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association and was twice elected chairman of the Judicial Section, an organization composed of all the courts in Illinois - Federal, Supreme, Circuit, County, City, Municipal Court of Chicago, and Superior Court of Cook County - and was chairman of the program committee of that body for five years. He held court in Chicago part of each year for twenty years and was assigned by the Supreme Court to hear the East St. Louis race riot cases at Belleville. He was a thirty-third degree Mason, a member of the Presbyterian Church, Odd Fellows, B.P.O.E., and the Freeport Country Club, and was a Kiwanian.