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John Scholfield

Previous Illinois Supreme Court Justice


John Scholfield was born on August 1, 1834 in Clark County, Illinois. He received his LL.B. in Louisville, Kentucky in 1856. He served as Clark County state’s attorney from 1856 - 1860, as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1861 - 1862, and was a delegate to the Illinois Constitutional Convention in 1870. He was elected to the Illinois Supreme Court on June 16, 1873, where he remained until his death on February 13, 1893. During his tenure on the high court, he served three times as chief justice-- in 1877, 1884, and 1890. Judge Scholfield was offered a position on the U. S. Supreme Court by President Cleveland, but declined.