Stanton J. Peelle

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Stanton Peelle

Stanton Judkins Peelle (February 11, 1843 – September 4, 1928) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana and chief justice of the United States Court of Claims.

Born near Richmond, Indiana, Peelle attended the common schools and Winchester Seminary. He enlisted in Company G, Eighth Regiment, Indiana Infantry Volunteers, August 5, 1861 and served until near the close of the war. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1866 and commenced practice in Winchester, Indiana. He moved to Indianapolis in 1869. Peelle was Deputy district attorney of Marion County in 1872 and 1873. He served as member of the State house of representatives from 1877 to 1879.

Peelle was elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1883). He presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Forty-eighth Congress and served from March 4, 1883, to May 22, 1884, when he was succeeded by William E. English, who contested his election. He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1892.

He was appointed by President Benjamin Harrison associate judge of the United States Court of Claims in 1892 and served as such until January 1, 1906, when he was advanced to chief justice of that court by President Theodore Roosevelt. He served until February 11, 1913, when he resigned.

He was on the faculty at George Washington University Law School from 1901 to 1911. He served as member of the board of trustees of Howard University, Washington, D.C. from 1906 to 1925. Peelle was a member of the Cosmos Club and of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. He served as president of the board of the Washington College of Law from 1910 to 1925. He resided in Washington, D.C., until his death on September 4, 1928, and was interred in Rock Creek Cemetery.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Gilbert De La Matyr
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1881 – May 22, 1884
Succeeded by
William E. English