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Orrin N. Carter

Previous Illinois Supreme Court Justice


Orrin N. Carter was born in Jefferson County, New York in 1854. When 10 years old he moved with his parents to DuPage County, Illinois, where he worked on a farm and attended the district schools. He worked his way through Wheaton College, graduating with an A.B. degree in 1877 (LL.D. 1899). He studied law in Chicago under Judge Tuley and General Stiles. He was county superintendent of schools of Grundy County, Illinois, 1880-82, and resigned to practice law. He was prosecuting attorney of Grundy County, 1882-88. He came to Chicago in 1888 and served as attorney for the Chicago Sanitary District in 1892-94; was elected County Judge of Cook County in 1894, re-elected in 1898 and again without opposition in 1902. He was elected Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court in June 1906. He was chairman of the Chicago Charter Convention, 1905-06; president of the American Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology, 1912-13; chairman of the Judicial Section, American Bar Association, 1913-15; unanimously endorsed by Chicago Bar Association in 1912 for the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court. He was re-elected to the Supreme Court in June, 1915, practically without opposition, being endorsed by all the leading political parties for that position.