Courts in the Classroom
Supreme Court of Indiana
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Dr. Elizabeth R. Osborn
Court History and
Public Education Programs
History Project Award
from the National Council
on Public History
Justice Arterburn was born May 13, 1902, in Bicknell, Indiana, and died February 10, 1979, in Florida.11
In 1923 he received an A.B. from Indiana University and was admitted to practice.12 In 1926, he received a J.D. from the University of Chicago.13
He practiced law in Vincennes from 1927 to 1955.14 Justice Arterburn was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court in 1955.15 He first served as a chief justice at a time when that title was rotated among the justices.16 However, when the Indiana Constitution was amended in 1970 to change the system, Justice Arterburn was selected as the court's first permanent chief justice, and served as chief justice until 1974. He served his last three years, 1974-1977, as a justice.17
He taught at Washburn College in 1926 and 1927, and at Indiana University in 1949, and in 1953-54. He was also a member of the Indiana Board of Law Examiners from 1938 to 1944.18
11. 7 WHO WAS WHO IN AMERICA 18 (Marquis, 1st ed. 1981) [hereinafter WHO WAS WHO].
12. 7 id.
13. 7 id.
14. 7 id.
15. Obituaries, 23 RES GESTAE 145, 145 (1979).
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.