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IHS Press Announces Release of Justices of the Indiana Supreme Court

March 22, 2011

Indianapolis— The Indiana Historical Society Press is proud to announce the release of Justices of the Indiana Supreme Court. Edited by Linda C. Gugin and James E. St. Clair, the book explores the lives of each Indiana Supreme Court justice since 1816 not only standard biographical information, but also personal stories that offer additional insight into their lives and times.

In the early days of Indiana statehood, the men who served on the Court often learned their profession by studying in the office of a trained lawyer and began their career as judges by “riding the circuit.” Over the years, the Court has been home to an eclectic group of justices, including a novelist who attempted to have copies of his work destroyed because the “morals of the book were not suitable for the minds of young people,” a judge whose collection of court cases became known worldwide, two men who served on the Nuremberg proceedings trying Nazi war criminals and a jurist whose hobbies included photographing the Indianapolis 500.

Today’s Court is quite different from the state’s first Supreme Court, which was established when Indiana joined the Union as the 19th state. Through the years, the Court has grown from three members to five. With the 1851 Indiana Constitution, it also transformed from a governor-appointed body (with “advice and consent” of the Indiana Senate) to a voter-elected group of judges.

About the Editors

Linda C. Gugin is an emeriti professor of political science at Indiana University Southeast, and James E. St. Clair is professor of journalism at IU Southeast. The two were coeditors of the Indiana Historical Society Press book The Governors of Indiana (2006), and cowrote the books Sherman Minton: New Deal Senator, Cold War Justice and Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson of Kentucky: A Political Biography.


Title: Justices of the Indiana Supreme Court
Illustrations: black-and-white illustrations
Price: $37.95
Pages: 450
Size: 6 x 9
Cover: Cloth
Publication Date: January 2011
ISBN: 978-0-87195-288-2


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