Aad J. Vinje

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Aad John Vinje (November 10, 1857 – March 23, 1929) was a justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He served as a Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court from 1922 to 1929.[1]


Aad John Vinje was born on the Vinje farm (Winje nedre) in Vangen parish in Voss, Hordaland, Norway.[2][3]His father died from injuries received in an accident in 1859 and his mother subsequently remarried. The family came to the United States in 1869 when Vinje was 12 years old. His parents, Mons Knudsen Vinje (1831-1923) and Ingeborg Davidsdatter (Klove) Vinje (1824–1901), immigrated together with their five children. [4]His family settled in Marshall County, Iowa, where Vinje attended Iowa College (now Grinnell College) at Grinnell, Iowa from 1873 to 1874 and Northwestern University at Des Moines, Iowa from 1874 to 1875.[5]


Vinje earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School (B.A., 1884; LL.B., 1887). While in school, he worked in the State Law Library. Vinje served as assistant Supreme Court reporter until 1891, when he established a law office in Superior, Wisconsin. In 1895, Vinje was appointed judge for the 11th Wisconsin Judicial Circuit where he served until 1910. He won election to 10-year terms on the Supreme Court in 1911 and 1921. Upon the death of Chief Justice Robert G. Siebecker in February 1922, Vinje became the Chief Justice, a position he occupied until his death in 1929.[6] [7][8]

Selected works[edit]

  • The Legal Aspect of Industrial Consolidations (Feb. 16, 1904), in Reports of the Proceedings of the Meetings of the State Bar Ass’n of Wisconsin, 1904–05, at 167, 171 (1906).

Personal life[edit]

Vinje was married in 1886 to Alice Idell Miller (1863-1954). They were the parents of four children. Aad J. Vinje died during 1929 and was buried at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Dane County, Wisconsin.[9]


  1. ^ "Aad John Vinje". The Annals of Iowa. Volume 17. Number 2. pps. 156-156. 1929. Retrieved March 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ Aad Johannes. Winje nedre (1865 Voss census)
  3. ^ "Hordaland. Voss herad. Vinje". Matrikkelutkastet av 1950. Retrieved March 20, 2016. 
  4. ^ Departure of Heros from Stavanger to Quebec (Passenger list May 3, 1869-June 1, 1869)
  5. ^ Supreme Court Justice A. J. Vinje of Wisconsin. (Vossingen, No. 2-3, 1927, p. 8 translated by Stanley J. Nuland)
  6. ^ Aad J. Vinje Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice (1910-1929) Chief Justice (1922-1929) Archived June 9, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. (Wisconsin Court System)
  7. ^ The Blue Book of the State of Wisconsin (The State Printing Board. 1923)
  8. ^ Vinje, Aad John 1857 - 1929 (Wisconsin Historical Society)
  9. ^ Usher, Ellis Baker. Wisconsin: Its Story and Biography, 1848-1913, Volume 5. Lewis Publishing Company, 1914, p. 1237.