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Paul Samuell

Previous Illinois Supreme Court Justice

Paul Samuell was born on a farm near Havana in Mason County, on October 2, 1886. He attended the public schools of Mason County and graduated from Whipple Academy in Jacksonville in 1905, subsequently attending Illinois College at Jacksonville and Illinois Wesleyan University at Bloomington, from which latter school he was graduated in 1910. After passing the Illinois and Montana State Bar Examinations, he practiced law in Montana for three years and then returned to Jacksonville and entered the general practice of law. In 1916 he was elected county judge and re-elected in 1920. At the expiration of his term he again engaged in general practice, becoming a member of the firm of Bellatti, Samuell, and Moriarty. Judge Samuell was appointed by Governor Emmerson on October 18, 1929, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Justice Cyrus Dietz.