Obert C. Teigen

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Obert C. Teigen (September 27, 1908 – May 26, 1978) was an American attorney and Justice on the North Dakota Supreme Court from 1965 to 1966 and from 1967 to 1971. He left the court in 1974 after 15 years on the bench since assuming office on January 13, 1959. [1]

Background[edit]

Justice Obert C. Teigen was born near Tolna, North Dakota. He graduated from Edmore High School in 1927. He attended the University of North Dakota and received a bachelor of science degree in 1931 and a law degree in 1934.[2]

Career[edit]

He was admitted to the North Dakota Bar in 1934, and later spent a two-year period as a special agent for the FBI. He practiced law in Devils Lake, North Dakota until 1954. He also served as Ramsey County State's Attorney from 1937 to 1943 and from 1945 to 1946. He assumed the position of District Judge for the Second Judicial District in 1954 and served in that capacity until he was appointed to the Supreme Court to replace Justice Gudmunder Grimson (1878-1965) who had resigned on December 31, 1958. He assumed office on January 13, 1959 at age 50. He was elected to a ten-year term in 1960 and reelected in 1970. He resigned in July 1974 after 15 years and six months on the bench. Following his retirement from the Court, Justice Teigen accepted an appointment as an Administrative Judge with the Social Security Administration in 1975, but he developed a terminal illness in the late 1970s which forced his resignation from that administration in February 1978.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Ople Braund (1909-2002) in 1934. They were the parents of one son. Justice Teigen died in 1978 at age 69. He was buried at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Burleigh County, North Dakota.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Obert C. Teigen". North Dakota Supreme Court. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Obert C. Teigen Papers, 1940-1978". University of North Dakota. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Gudmunder Grimson, Justice of the Supreme Court". North Dakota Supreme Court. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Ople Teigen". North Dakota Supreme Court. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Thomas J. Burke
Chief Justice of North Dakota
1965–1966
Succeeded by
Alvin C. Strutz
Preceded by
Alvin C. Strutz
Chief Justice of North Dakota
1971–1973
Succeeded by
Alvin C. Strutz