Judge Donald R. Mote

Photo of Judge Donald R. MoteDonald R. Mote was born on a farm in Randolph County on April 27, 1900.  He attended DePauw University, then transferred to Wabash College, where he played football and earned his undergraduate degree.  He received his law degree from the George Washington University School of Law in Washington, DC. 

While in law school, he worked for U.S. Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover and for the Department of Justice.  Once he earned his degree, he practiced in Indianapolis for 10 years, where he became active in Republican politics as a precinct committeeman.  He also served as a Deputy Indiana Attorney General. 

He moved to North Manchester in Wabash County in 1937, then to the town of Wabash in 1958.  He served as Wabash County attorney and as the chairman of the Wabash County Republican Finance Committee.  In 1960, he was an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention.

Judge Mote was elected as a Republican to the Appellate Court of Indiana in 1962 and served until his election to the Indiana Supreme Court in 1966.  He was Chief Judge of the Appellate Court during the May 1963 term. 

A former president of the Wabash County Bar Association, he was also a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Indiana Judges Association, and Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.  He served as president of the North Manchester Kiwanis Club, was a director of the Wabash Country Club, a president of the Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men, a member of the Board of Directors of the Little Red Door in Indianapolis, a trustee and member of the Wabash Presbyterian Church, and a member of the North Manchester Masonic Lodge, the Fort Wayne Valley of the Scottish Rite, the Mizpah Shrine at Fort Wayne, the Wabash County Lincoln Club, Delta Tau Delta fraternity, the Indiana Society of Chicago, the Wabash Elks Club, the Wabash Historical Society and the Wabash Rotary Club.

Justice Mote died in office on September 17, 1968.  He was survived by his widow Flora Hunter Mote, and their daughter Virginia and son Thomas.

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