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George W. Bristow

Previous Illinois Supreme Court Justice


George W. Bristow was born in Grand Chain, Illinois, September 23, 1894. Educated in the public schools of southern Illinois, he graduated from the University of Illinois in 1916. He attended Harvard Law School, 1916-17. He served in World War I July 1917 to June 1919 and completed his legal education in a law office. Admitted to the Illinois bar in 1920, he was elected State’s Attorney of Edgar County in 1920, serving one term, after which he was appointed Master in Chancery of Edgar County Circuit Court until 1927. He was elected Circuit Judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit in June 1927, 1933, 1939, and 1945. Appointed Appellate Judge, Fourth District of Illinois in 1942, and reappointed in 1945 and 1948 to the Second District Appellate Court, he was elected to the Supreme Court of Illinois from the Third District in 1951. He was a member of the Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, B.P.O.E., Phi Delta Phi and Delta Sigma Rho Honorary Fraternities, Veteran of Foreign Wars, and American Legion. His LL.D. degree was from John Marshall College of Law. He died November 12, 1961.