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Justice James Somerville Frazer

(Eighteenth Justice)

Justice Frazer

Justice Frazer was born July 17, 1824, in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, and died February 20, 1893, in Warsaw, Indiana.239

He moved to Wayne County, Indiana in 1837 and studied law there.240 In March 1845, he was admitted to the Indiana bar.241

He served in the Indiana House of Representatives in 1847-48 and 1854.242 From 1865 to 1871, he was an Indiana Supreme Court Justice.243

In 1871, President Ulysses S. Grant appointed him a commissioner to adjust the claims between Great Britain and the United States arising from the Civil War.244 He devoted himself to that task until 1875.245 In 1879, he was appointed to revise and codify the laws of Indiana, which resulted in the Revised Statutes of 1881.246 In 1889, he was appointed Kosciusko Circuit Court Judge.247



239. 1 MONKS, supra note 25, at 254-55.
240. 1 id. at 254.
241. 1 id.
242. 1 id.
243. 1 id.
244. 1 id.
245. 1 id.
246. 1 BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY, supra note 55, at 134.
247. 1 MONKS, supra note 25, at 255.

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.