John W. Okey

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John Waterman Okey
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Ohio Supreme Court Justice
In office
February 9, 1878 – July 25, 1885
Preceded by John Welch
Succeeded by Gibson Atherton
Personal details
Born (1827-01-03)January 3, 1827
Woodsfield, Ohio
Died July 25, 1885(1885-07-25) (aged 58)
Columbus, Ohio
Resting place Spring Grove Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary J. Bloor
Children four

John Waterman Okey (January 3, 1827 – July 25, 1885) was a Democratic judge and legal author in the U.S. State of Ohio who was an Ohio Supreme Court Judge 1878-1885.

John Waterman Okey was born in Monroe County, Ohio near Woodsfield. His only education was at the Monroe Academy. He studied law at Woodsfield, and became Probate Judge and Judge of Common Pleas.[1]

In 1865, Okey moved to Cincinnati, and with Judge Gholson he wrote Gholson and Okey's Digest of Ohio Reports. He also authored Okey and Miller's Municipal Law with S. A. Miller.[1]

In 1877, Okey defeated Republican William Wartenbee Johnson for election to the Ohio Supreme Court.[2] In 1882, he defeated John H. Doyle for re-election.[3] He died July 25, 1885.[4] He was buried at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.[5]

Okey was married to Mary J. Bloor in Woodsfield in 1849. They raised two sons and two daughters.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Howe 1891 : 530-533
  2. ^ Smith 1898 : 379
  3. ^ Smith 1898 : 460
  4. ^ Gilkey 1901 : 476
  5. ^ a b "John Waterman Okey". The Supreme Court of Ohio and The Ohio Judicial System. 


Legal offices
Preceded by
John Welch
Ohio Supreme Court Judges
Succeeded by
Gibson Atherton