Justice Biographies

Justice James McLean Hanna

(Sixteenth Justice)

Justice Hanna

Justice Hanna was born October 25, 1816 in Franklin County, Indiana and died January 15, 1872 in Curryville, Indiana.

He served as an Indiana State Senator from 1833 to 1835, as a 7th Circuit Prosecuting Attorney from 1844 to 1846 and as a Judge of the 6th Judicial Circuit from 1856 to 1857. He was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court December 10, 1857, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Justice Gookins, and he was later elected to an additional term and remained on the bench until 1865. He then returned to his Sullivan County farm which supported the county's first underground coal mine.333

333. 1 BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY, supra note 55, at 64; 1 MONKS, supra note 25, at 253.

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.