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Courts in the Classroom > Justice Biographies > Justice John G. Berkshire Justice Biographies

Justice John G. Berkshire

(Thirty-eighth Justice)

Justice Berkshire

Justice Berkshire was born in 1832 in Ohio County, Indiana, and died February 19, 1891, in North Vernon, Indiana.25

He received a common school education in Rising Sun, Indiana and continued his studies at the law school at Asbury University, from which he graduated in 1857.26

Immediately after his graduation from law school, he moved to Versailles, Indiana and opened a law office, which he occupied until 1864.27 He then served from 1864 to 1882 as judge of the First and Sixth Indiana judicial circuits.28 After losing his bid for re-election in 1882, Justice Berkshire moved to North Vernon, Indiana, and again opened a private legal practice.29 He continued there until 1888, when he was elected to the Indiana Supreme Court.30 He served on the court from January 17, 1889, until his death in 1891.31





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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.