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Ray I. Klingbiel

Previous Illinois Supreme Court Justice

Ray I. Klingbiel was born in Moline, Illinois March 2, 1901. He attended the public schools of East Moline and received his law degree from the University of Illinois in 1924. He was a member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, was admitted to the bar in 1924 and practiced law in East Moline continuously thereafter until elected to the Circuit Court. He was city attorney of East Moline for twelve years and Mayor for six years. He served as President of the Illinois Municipal League. In 1945 he was elected Circuit Judge of the 14th Judicial District and re-elected in 1951. He was elected to the Supreme Court in 1953 and re-elected in June 1957. He served as Chief Justice from September 1956 to September 1957 and was elected the first permanent Chief Justice under the new Judicial Article for a three year term ending January 1, 1967. He was the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law and was past President of East Moline Rotary Club and a member of Masonic Orders (33rd Degree)