J. Leroy Adair

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Jackson Leroy Adair
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
In office
April 27, 1937 – January 19, 1956
Appointed by Franklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded by James Earl Major
Succeeded by Frederick Olen Mercer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 15th district
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1937
Preceded by Burnett M. Chiperfield
Succeeded by Lewis L. Boyer
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 36th district
In office
Personal details
Born (1887-02-23)February 23, 1887
Clayton, Illinois
Died January 19, 1956(1956-01-19) (aged 68)
Quincy, Illinois
Resting place South Side Cemetery, Clayton, Illinois
Political party Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Michigan Law School LL.B.
Profession Attorney
Religion Congregationalist

Jackson Leroy Adair (February 23, 1887 – January 19, 1956) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Illinois and a United States District Judge.


Adair was born in Clayton, Illinois, attending public high school, and Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1911 with a Bachelor of Laws. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He moved to Quincy, Illinois, in 1913 and continued the practice of law. He also engaged in agricultural pursuits and in the manufacture of medicine for livestock. He served as city attorney, from 1914 to 1916. He served as prosecuting attorney of Adams County, from 1916 to 1920 and from 1924 to 1928. He served as member of the Illinois State Senate from 1928 to 1932, from the 36th District.[1]

Federal service[edit]

Adair was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1937). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1936. He was appointed United States district judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and served until his death in Quincy, Illinois, January 19, 1956. He is interred in South Side Cemetery, Clayton, Illinois.



United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Burnett M. Chiperfield
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 15th congressional district

Succeeded by
Lewis L. Boyer
Legal offices
Preceded by
James Earl Major
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
Succeeded by
Frederick Olen Mercer