List of Indiana Supreme Court Justices

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The following are lists of members of the Indiana Supreme Court. Founded in 1816 with the ratification of the Constitution of Indiana, the Court's size has varied between three and five members serving at the same time.

Supreme Court Justices in 2012[edit]

Name Term Start Term Expires Notes
Brent Dickson January 6, 1986 January 6, 2016
Steven H. David October 18, 2010
Robert Rucker November 19, 1999 November 19, 2009
Mark Massa April 2, 2012
Loretta Rush November 7, 2012

Appointment of Justices[edit]

From 1816 until 1851 justices served seven-year terms and were appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Indiana Senate.[1] From 1851 until 1971 justices were elected by popular vote every six years. From 1971 to the present a pool of candidates is selected by the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission and one is appointed by the governor. Justices are subject to a retention election after two years of service and, if retained, they may continue for a full term of ten years.

Previous Supreme Court Justices[edit]

# Name Term Start Term End Days in Office Notes
1 John Johnson December 28, 1816 September 10, 1817 256 [2][3]
2 James Scott December 28, 1816 December 28, 1830 5113
3 Jesse Holman December 28, 1816 December 28, 1830 5113
4 Isaac Blackford September 10, 1817 January 3, 1853 12899 [2]
5 Stephen Stevens January 28, 1831 May 30, 1836 1949
6 John McKinney January 28, 1831 March 4, 1837 2313 [3]
7 Charles Dewey May 30, 1836 January 29, 1847 3896
8 Jeremiah Sullivan May 29, 1837 January 21, 1846 3159
9 Samuel Perkins January 1, 1877 December 17, 1879 8002 [4]
9 Samuel Perkins January 21, 1846 January 3, 1865 8002 [4]
10 Thomas Smith January 29, 1847 January 3, 1853 2166
11 Andrew Davison January 3, 1853 January 3, 1865 4383
12 Addison Roache January 3, 1853 May 8, 1854 490
13 William Stuart January 3, 1853 January 3, 1858 1826
14 Alvin Hovey May 8, 1854 January 1, 1855 581 [5]
15 Samuel Gookins January 1, 1855 December 10, 1857 731
16 James Hanna December 10, 1857 January 3, 1865 2581 [6]
17 James Worden January 16, 1858 January 3, 1865 6895 [4]
17 James Worden January 3, 1871 December 2, 1882 6895 [4]
18 James Frazer January 3, 1865 January 3, 1871 2191
19 Jehu Elliott January 3, 1865 January 3, 1871 2191
20 Charles Ray January 3, 1865 January 3, 1871 2191
21 Robert Gregory January 3, 1865 January 3, 1871 2191
22 John Pettit January 3, 1871 January 1, 1877 2192 [7]
23 Alexander Downey January 3, 1871 January 1, 1877 2190
24 Samuel Buskirk January 3, 1871 January 1, 1877 2190
25 Andrew Osborn December 16, 1872 January 4, 1875 749
26 Horace P. Biddle January 4, 1875 January 3, 1881 2191
27 William Niblack January 1, 1877 January 7, 1889 4389
28 George Howk January 1, 1877 January 7, 1889 4389
29 John Scott December 29, 1879 January 5, 1881 373
30 Byron Elliott January 3, 1881 January 2, 1893 4382
31 William Woods January 3, 1881 May 8, 1883 855
32 William Combs December 2, 1882 January 1, 1883 30
33 Allen Zollars January 1, 1883 January 7, 1889 2198
34 Edwin Hammond May 14, 1883 January 6, 1885 603
35 Joseph Mitchell January 6, 1885 December 12, 1890 2166
36 Silas Coffey January 7, 1889 January 7, 1895 2191
37 Walter Olds January 7, 1889 June 15, 1893 1620
38 John Berkshire January 17, 1889 February 19, 1891 763
39 Robert McBride December 17, 1890 January 2, 1893 747
40 John Miller February 25, 1891 January 2, 1893 677
41 Leonard Hackney January 2, 1893 January 2, 1899 2191
42 James McCabe January 2, 1893 January 2, 1899 2191
43 Timothy Howard January 2, 1893 January 2, 1899 2191
44 Joseph Dailey June 25, 1893 January 7, 1895 531
45 James Jordan January 7, 1895 April 10, 1912 6303
46 Leander Monks January 7, 1895 January 7, 1913 6575
47 Alexander Dowling January 2, 1899 January 2, 1905 2192
48 John Hadley January 2, 1899 January 2, 1911 4383
49 Francis Elisha Baker January 2, 1899 January 25, 1902 1119
50 John Gillett January 25, 1902 January 4, 1909 2536
51 Oscar Montgomery January 2, 1905 January 2, 1911 2191
52 Quincy Myers January 4, 1909 January 4, 1915 2191
53 John Spencer April 15, 1912 January 7, 1918 2093
54 Douglas Morris January 2, 1911 January 1, 1917 2191
55 Charles E. Cox January 2, 1911 January 1, 1917 2191 [2]
56 Richard Erwin January 6, 1913 October 15, 1918 2108
57 Moses Lairy January 4, 1915 January 3, 1921 2191
58 David Myers January 1, 1917 December 31, 1934 6573
59 Lawson Harvey January 1, 1917 June 25, 1920 1271
60 Howard Townsend October 5, 1917 November 1, 1923 2218
61 Benjamin Willoughby January 6, 1919 January 7, 1931 4384
62 Louis Ewbank January 1, 1920 January 3, 1927 2559
63 Julius Travis January 3, 1921 January 3, 1933 4383
64 Fred Gause November 1, 1923 January 5, 1925 431
65 Willard Gemmill January 5, 1925 January 4, 1931 2190
66 Clarence Martin January 3, 1927 January 3, 1933 2192
67 Curtis Roll January 5, 1931 January 4, 1943 4382
68 Walter Treanor January 8, 1931 December 27, 1937 2545
69 Michael Fansler January 4, 1933 January 1, 1945 4380
70 James Hughes January 3, 1933 January 1, 1939 2189
71 George Tremain January 1, 1935 December 31, 1940 2191
72 Curtis Shake January 4, 1938 January 7, 1946 2925
73 H. Nathan Swaim January 1, 1939 January 1, 1945 2192
74 Frank Richman January 6, 1941 January 6, 1947 2191
75 Mart O'Malley January 4, 1943 January 3, 1949 2191
76 Howard Young, Sr. January 1, 1945 January 1, 1951 2191
77 Oliver Starr January 1, 1945 January 1, 1951 2191
78 Frank Gilkison January 1, 1945 February 25, 1955 3707
79 James Emmert January 6, 1947 January 5, 1959 4381
80 Paul Jasper January 3, 1949 March 31, 1953 1548
81 Arch Bobbitt January 2, 1951 January 7, 1963 4388
82 Floyd Draper January 2, 1951 January 10, 1955 1469
83 Dan Flanagan April 1, 1953 December 31, 1954 639
84 Harold Achor January 3, 1955 December 12, 1966 4361
85 Isadore Levine January 13, 1955 May 23, 1955 130
86 George Henley March 15, 1955 May 23, 1955 69
87 Frederick Landis, Jr. May 23, 1955 November 8, 1965 3822
88 Norman Arterburn May 23, 1955 May 13, 1977 8026 [2]
89 Amos Jackson January 5, 1959 January 4, 1971 4382
90 Walter Myers, Jr. January 7, 1963 June 2, 1967 1607
91 Frederick Rakestraw January 7, 1966 January 2, 1967 360
92 Donald Mote January 3, 1967 September 17, 1968 623
93 David Lewis June 21, 1967 January 6, 1969 565
94 Donald Hunter January 2, 1967 September 6, 1985 6822
95 Roger O. DeBruler September 30, 1968 August 8, 1996 10174 [8]
96 Richard M. Givan January 6, 1969 December 31, 1994 9125 [2]
97 Dixon Prentice January 4, 1971 January 6, 1986 5481
98 Alfred Pivarnik May 13, 1977 December 14, 1990 4963
99 Randall Shepard September 6, 1985 March 23, 2012 8306 [2]
100 Brent Dickson January 6, 1986 Present 9647 [2]
101 Jon Krahulik December 14, 1990 October 31, 1993 1052
102 Frank Sullivan, Jr. November 1, 1993 July 31, 2012 6847
103 Myra Selby January 4, 1995 October 7, 1999 1737
104 Theodore Boehm August 8, 1996 September 30, 2010 5166
105 Robert Rucker November 19, 1999 Present 5035
106 Steven H. David October 18, 2010 Present 1049
107 Mark Massa April 2, 2012 Present 517
108 Loretta Rush November 7, 2012 Present 298

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Gugin and St. Clair, p. xiii.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Served as Chief Justice
  3. ^ a b Died in office
  4. ^ a b c d Served two non consecutive terms
  5. ^ Was also Governor of Indiana
  6. ^ Was also Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
  7. ^ Was also a United States Senator
  8. ^ "Indiana Supreme Court Justice: Biographies:Justice Roger O. DeBruler". State if Indiana. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 

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