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Supreme Court of Indiana
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Dr. Elizabeth R. Osborn
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Justice Flanagan was born April 23, 1899 in Lafayette, Indiana, and died February 28, 1960 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.231
Upon graduation from high school in Frankfort, he enlisted in the armed services, and served as a sergeant in World War I.232 In 1921, he received an LL.B. from Benjamin Harrison Law School (now Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis) and passed the bar.233
He served as a deputy prosecutor in both Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana.234 He was also the county attorney for Allen County in 1940.235 He taught at Valparaiso University and at the University of Notre Dame.236 He was appointed to, and served on the Appellate Court of Indiana from 1941 to 1949, and on the Indiana Supreme Court from 1953 until January of 1955.237 He returned to private practice in Fort Wayne between his court terms and following his tenure on the supreme court, continuing to practice until his death in 1960.238
231. In Memoriam, 240 INDIANA REPORTS xli, xli (1960) [hereinafter Flanagan Memoriam].
233. 4 WHO WAS WHO, supra note 227, at 316.
234. Flanagan Memoriam, supra note 231, at xlii.
236. Id. at xliii.
237. Id. at xlii.
238. Id. at xliii.
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.