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Courts in the Classroom > Justice Biographies > Justice Walter Emanuel Treanor Justice Biographies

Justice Walter Emanuel Treanor

(Sixty-eighth Justice)

Justice Walter Emanuel Treanor

Justice Treanor was born November 17, 1883, in Loogootee, Indiana, and died April 26, 1941, in Indianapolis.540

He received an A.B., with honors (1912), an LL.B. (1922), and a J.D. (1923), all from Indiana University.541 In 1927, he earned a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) from Harvard University.542 He was a teacher and administrator in the Petersburg public schools for thirteen years.543 He served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War I.544 He taught law at Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington from 1922 to 1930, and was editor of the Indiana Law Journal from 1927 to 1930.545 He was elected to the Indiana Supreme Court in 1930 and re-elected for a second term in 1936. He served until December 27, 1937, when he was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, a position he held until his death in 1941.546





540. Treanor Funeral to be Tomorrow, INDIANAPOLIS STAR, Apr. 28, 1941 at 1, reprinted in
22 INDIANA BIOGRAPHY SERIES, supra note 2, at 2-3; In Memoriam, 219 INDIANA REPORTS xxvi,
xxvi (1942) [hereinafter Treanor Memoriam]; but see WHO WAS WHO, supra note 145, at 1251
(giving April 27 as Treanor's date of death).
541. Treanor Memoriam, supra note 540, at xxvi.
542. Id.
543. Id.
544. Id.
545. Treanor Funeral to be Tomorrow, INDIANAPOLIS STAR, Apr. 28, 1941 at 1, reprinted in
22 INDIANA BIOGRAPHY SERIES, supra note 2, at 2.
546. Id.

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.