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Joseph Phillips

Previous Illinois Supreme Court Justice

Photo Not AvailableJoseph Phillips was born in Tennessee in the late 18th century. He served as Secretary of the Illinois Territory from December 16, 1816 until his appointment to the Illinois Supreme Court on October 9, 1818 as one of the court’s original four justices. He held that post until July 4, 1822, when he resigned from the court to run for Governor. He was the first Chief Justice, and served as Chief Justice for his entire tenure on the high court, but presided over only 15 cases. Following his defeat in his bid for the Illinois Governorship, he returned to Tennessee.