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Pinkney H. Walker

Previous Illinois Supreme Court Justice

Pinkney H. Walker was born on June 18, 1815, in Adair County, Kentucky. He moved from Kentucky to Rushville, Illinois, where he clerked in a store for four years. He studied law in the office of his uncle, Cyrus Walker, and was admitted to the bar in 1839 by Justices Lockwood and Browne. He practiced law in Macomb, Illinois, until 1848, when he returned to Rushville. Walker continued to practice law, and in 1853, he was elected judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit, which was composed of Schuyler, Pike, Brown, McDonough, Cass, and Mason counties. He resigned from this position in 1858 after accepting an appointment to fill a vacancy on the Illinois Supreme Court, replacing Onias C. Skinner. From 1864 - 1867 and again in 1874 and 1879, Walker served as the chief justice of the court. Walker was reelected to the supreme court three times and held his position on the bench until his death on February 7, 1885, in Rushville, Illinois, having served on the court for twenty-seven years.