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Onias C. Skinner

Previous Illinois Supreme Court Justice

Onias C. Skinner was born in 1817 in Floyd, New York. He moved to Peoria, Illinois in 1836, but soon moved to Ohio where he studied law and was admitted to the Ohio bar. In 1840 he moved to Carthage, Illinois, and then to Quincy. Skinner served a term in the state legislature from 1848 - 1850. In 1851, Skinner was elected judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit, which was composed of Adams, Brown, McDonough, Hancock, Henderson, and Mercer counties. In 1855, he was elected a justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, after the resignation of Samuel H. Treat and served until resigning in 1857. Skinner also served as a member of the 1870 state constitutional convention. He practiced law until his death on February 4, 1877, in Quincy, Illinois.