John D. Caton
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.
- Caton, John Dean (1893). Early Bench and Bar of Illinois. Chicago: Chicago Legal News Company. p. 215.
- "Caton, John D". Lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
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