Judge Ira C. Batman
Ira Batman was born in Lawrence County, Indiana on January 20, 1862. He taught school before attending Indiana University, graduating in 1885. He began practicing law in Bloomington with Judge H.C. Duncan, then later with Robert Miller and James Blair in the firm of Batman, Miller & Blair. He married Mary Waldron in 1886, and together they had a daughter.
He was city attorney for Bloomington for 10 years and prosecuting attorney for Monroe and Owen counties for two years. In 1904, he was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives.
In 1916, Judge Batman was elected as a Republican to the Indiana Appellate Court where he served two terms, from January 1, 1917 to January 1, 1925.
Judge Batman was a member of the Board of Trustees of Indiana University for 25 years. He was also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Columbia Club in Indianapolis, and the First Christian Church in Bloomington.
He died of a heart attack at home in Bloomington on April 10, 1934. Because of Judge Batman’s stature as a long-time trustee of Indiana University, classes were dismissed during the hour of his funeral so that students could attend.
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