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Courts in the Classroom > Justice Biographies > Justice James Henry Jordan Justice Biographies

Justice James Henry Jordan

(Forty-fifth Justice)

Justice Jordan

Justice Jordan was born December 21, 1842, in Woodstock, Virginia, and died April 5, 1912, in Martinsville, Indiana.373

He attended Wabash College, but graduated in 1868 from Indiana University, where he received an LL.B. in 1871.374 During the Civil War, he served with the 45th Indiana Volunteers, 3d Indiana Cavalry and participated in all of the important battles of the Army of the Potomac.375 He fought in seventy-six engagements and was wounded twice.376 He read law with Judge William A. Porter and Thomas C. Slaughter, and was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1868.377 He was the prosecuting attorney of the Common Pleas District, which included Morgan, Johnson, Monroe, Brown, and Shelby counties, and served as the city attorney of Martinsville from 1873 to 1885.378 He was elected to the Indiana Supreme Court in 1894 and served three terms. Justice Jordan died in office.379




373. In Memoriam, 177 INDIANA REPORTS xl, xl-xli (1913) [hereinafter Jordan Memoriam].
374. Id.; MYERS, supra note 60, at 405
375. Jordan Memoriam, supra note 373, at xl-xli.
376. Id.
377. MEN OF PROGRESS, INDIANA, supra note 20, at 281.
378. 2 ENCYCLOPEDIA, supra note 353, at 322-23.
379. MYERS, supra note 60, at 405; MEN OF PROGRESS, INDIANA, supra note 20, at 281; 2 ENCYCLOPEDIA, supra note 353, at 322-23; Jordan Memoriam, supra note 373, at xl-xli.

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.