Justice Biographies

Justice John Henry Gillett

(Fiftieth Justice)

Justice Gillett

Justice Gillett was born September 18, 1860, in Medina, New York, and died March 16, 1920, in Hammond, Indiana.266

He was educated in the public schools of Valparaiso, Indiana.267 He studied law under the direction of his father, Judge Hiram A. Gillett and was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1881.268

He practiced law from 1881 to 1885, and he was also a law instructor at Northern Indiana Normal School.269 In 1885, he was appointed City Attorney of Valparaiso, Indiana.270 He served as Deputy Attorney General of Indiana from 1886 until 1890.271 In 1890, he moved to Hammond, Indiana, and formed a law partnership with Peter Crumpacker which continued until June 1892.272 He was appointed judge of the 31st Indiana Circuit Court, and was elected for a full term at the next election.273 He served on the circuit court from 1892 to 1902, when he was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Justice Baker.274 In November 1902, he was elected for a full term and served until January 3, 1909.275

Among his other accomplishments, he authored two legal volumes: Criminal Law and Indirect and Collateral Evidence.276

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Source: Browning, Minde C., Richard Humphrey, and Bruce Kleinschmidt. "Biographical Sketches of Indiana Supreme Court Justices." Indiana Law Review: Vol. 30, No. 1, 1997. View this source in PDF format.