Ben Overton

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Ben F. Overton
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Chief Justice for the
Florida Supreme Court
In office
Personal details
Born (1926-12-15)December 15, 1926
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Died December 29, 2012(2012-12-29) (aged 86)
Gainesville, Florida

Benjamin Frederick Overton (December 15, 1926 – December 29, 2012) was a justice of the Supreme Court of Florida.

Ben Overton was born December 15, 1926 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.[1] He was a judge from the U.S. state of Florida.

Overton graduated from the University of Florida with his bachelor's degree in 1951, and from the University of Florida College of Law[1] with his law degree in 1952. He received his master of laws degree from the University of Virginia.[2] He was a city attorney for St. Petersburg, Florida from 1954 to 1957, and he became a circuit judge in 1964.[1] Overton served as a Florida Supreme Court Justice from 1974 to 1999. From 1976 to 1978, he served as the Chief Justice of the Court.[1]

Overton, 86, died December 29, 2012 in Gainesville, Florida of complications from heart surgery. Overton is survived by his three children, Judge (Pinellas County) William H. Overton, Robert Overton, Catherine Overton, two grandchildren, William E. Overton and (St.Pete Beach Police Officer) Brian H. Overton, and one great grandchild Adelynn Overton.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d "High Court Rotation Changed, Ben Overton New Chief Justice". Panama City News-Herald. January 15, 1976. p. 3. Retrieved April 22, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ Florida Supreme Court, Ben F. Overton Archived October 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved August 6, 2010.
  3. ^ "Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Overton dies Archived January 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.," Orlando Sentinel (December 30, 2012). Retrieved December 30, 2012.