Justice Biographies

Justice Donald Roosevelt Mote

(Ninety-second Justice)

Justice Donald Roosevelt Mote

Justice Mote was born April 27, 1900, in Randolph County, Indiana, and died September 17, 1968, in Indianapolis.

He attended DePauw University, but graduated with an A.B. in 1923 from Wabash College, where he played tackle on the varsity football team. He received his LL.B from George Washington University Law School in 1927. During his time in Washington, D.C., he worked for Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover, and for the U.S. Department of Justice. He practiced law for thirty-five years in Indiana, first in Indianapolis and then in Wabash County.417 He served as Indiana Deputy Attorney General in 1928 and as Wabash County Attorney from 1957 to 1962. He was a judge on the Indiana Appellate Court from 1962 to 1966. He was then elected to the Indiana Supreme Court in 1966, where he died in office two years later.418

418. Id.; In Memoriam, 248 INDIANA REPORTS xxxvii, xxxvii-xliii (1969); State Supreme Justice Mote Dies, INDIANAPOLIS STAR, Sept. 18, 1968, at 1, reprinted in 68 INDIANA BIOGRAPHY SERIES, supra note 2, at 107.

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.