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John D. Caton
American judge

John D. Caton

John D. Caton
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Intro American judge
Was Lawyer Judge
From United States of America
Field Law
Gender male
Birth 19 March 1812
Death 30 July 1895 (aged 83 years)
The details (from wikipedia)


John Dean Caton (March 19, 1812 – July 30, 1895) was an associate justice and chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court. In his book, Early Bench and Bar of Illinois inspired by an 1893 speech given to the Illinois Bar Association, Judge Caton claims to have tried the first jury case in a court of record in Cook County, Illinois. He recounts his experiences riding the circuit in the early days of Illinois statehood, and his later appointment to the Illinois Supreme Court, a period of some sixty years. He relates a number of humorous andecdotes about his days as a circuit rider.

Abraham Lincoln was an attorney in 214 cases in the Illinois Supreme Court, in which Caton was a justice.

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