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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 Townsend was born in 1870, near Eaton, Ohio, and died March 20, 1950, in Florida.
His family moved to Angola, Indiana, where he went to high school. He obtained his A.B. from Bethany College in West Virginia. He returned to Angola to teach Greek, Latin, and mathematics.532 After teaching for a few years, he enrolled at the Chicago Kent College of Law, from which he received an LL.B.533 He stayed in Chicago for a few years, but practiced law in Fort Wayne from 1904 onward.534
He sat on the Indiana Supreme Court from 1917 to 1923. He was very active in Republican politics. His love of literature and poetry was very well known.535
532. In Memoriam, 226 INDIANA REPORTS lxxvi, lxxvi (1950).
535. Id. at lxxvi-lxxvii.
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.