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Courts in the Classroom > Justice Biographies > Justice Willard Beharrell Gemmill Justice Biographies

Justice Willard Beharrell Gemmill

(Sixty-fifth Justice)

Justice Gemmill

Justice Gemmill was born on August 7, 1875 in Rigdon, Indiana, and died May 24, 1935 in Marion, Indiana.255

He received a Bachelor of Philosophy from DePauw University in 1897 and an LL.B. from the Indiana Law School in 1902.256 He was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1902 and practiced law in Marion, Indiana.257 He served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1909 to 1911 and in the Indiana Senate from 1914 to 1918.258 He became Marion City Attorney in 1918, but resigned after only one month to take the position of Indiana Special Deputy Attorney General. After having served in that capacity from 1918 to 1920, he resigned to return to private law practice.259 He was an Indiana Supreme Court Justice from 1925 to 1931.260 After losing a re-election bid, he returned to Marion to practice with the law firm of Gemmill, Brown & Campbell.261




255. 2 BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF THE INDIANA GENERAL ASSEMBLY 151-152 (Justin Walsh et al. eds., 1984) [hereinafter BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY]
256. 2 id. at 151.
257. 2 id.
258. 2 id.
259. All Around the Town, INDIANAPOLIS NEWS, June 5, 1930, at 3, reprinted in 4 INDIANA BIOGRAPHY SERIES, supra note 2, at 156.
260. 2 BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY, supra note 255, at 152
261. Former Judge of High Court Dead, INDIANAPOLIS NEWS, May 25, 1935, at 3, reprinted in 4 INDIANA BIOGRAPHY SERIES, supra note 2, at 83.

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.