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Caswell J. Crebs

Previous Illinois Supreme Court Justice


Caswell J. Crebs was born in Carmi, Illinois on January 14, 1912. He graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles, 1932; University of Southern California, M.A. degree, 1933; and the University of Illinois College of Law, 1936. He was admitted to the Illinois bar the same year and practiced law in Robinson, Illinois until his election to the Circuit Court, Second Judicial Circuit, in 1945. Justice Crebs served on the Circuit Court until 1964 when he retired. He was Chief Judge of the Circuit in his final year. He was assigned to the Supreme Court of Illinois from October 1969 to December 1970. He succeeded Justice Byron O. House, and was succeeded by Justice Joseph H. Goldenhersh. Justice Crebs was assigned to the Appellate Court, Fifth District in April 1971. He was appointed on October 15, 1975 to the Supreme Court of Illinois to fill the unexpired term of Judge Charles H. Davis, who had retired. He was succeeded by Justice Thomas H. Moran. Justice Crebs was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Elk, Kiwanis, Moose, Grange, Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Alpha Delta, Order of the Coif, and Phi Kappa Phi. He married Mary Wakefield Mann in 1942.