John E. Bardgett

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John E. Bardgett, Sr.
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri
In office
July 1, 1979 – June 30, 1981
Preceded byJ.P. Morgan
Succeeded byRobert T. Donnelly
Judge of the Supreme Court of Missouri
In office
April 27, 1970 – 1982
Appointed byWarren E. Hearnes
Personal details
Born(1927-04-28)April 28, 1927
St. Louis, Missouri, United States[1]
DiedNovember 29, 2008(2008-11-29) (aged 81)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Spouse(s)Mary Jeanne Branch
Alma materSaint Louis University School of Law
Saint Louis University
St. Louis University High School

John E. Bardgett, Sr. (1927–2008) was a judge on the Missouri Supreme Court from 1970 until 1982.[2]

Early life[edit]

Bardgett was born on April 28, 1927 in Richmond Heights, Missouri to Alfred and Katherine Bardgett. He attended Little Flower Catholic Grade School, St. Louis University, and the St. Louis University School of Law. Bardgett also served in the United States Navy.[3]


Bardgett was a noted attorney in St. Louis and Jefferson City, Missouri.[4] He was appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court by Governor Warren E. Hearnes in 1970. After stepping down in 1982, he returned to private practice. He remained an attorney for more than 50 years.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Bardgett married Mary Jeanne Branch in 1956. The two had three children.[3]

Later life & death[edit]

Bardgett died November 29, 2008 at the age of 81 at BJC Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.[4] He is buried in Resurrection Cemetery in Jefferson City, Missouri.[3]


  1. ^ Official Manual of Missouri, 1981–1982
  2. ^ Jo Mannies, "Former state Supreme Court chief judge John Bardgett Sr. dies". St. Louis Post-Dispatch Political Fix. November 29, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d Kaiser, Jr., Max S. (July 29, 2009). "Find A Grave". Find A Grave. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  4. ^ a b The Slay Committee (November 29, 2008). "John E. Bardgett, Sr., RIP". Slay. Retrieved April 26, 2017.