The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
U.S. District Court in Illinois

U.S. District Judges for Illinois, 1819-50 (may be incomplete!)
Nathaniel Pope 1819-50

Officeholding Events (may be incomplete!)

  • 1850 Jan 22: Nathaniel Pope, died in office.

    U.S. District Judges for the Central District of Illinois, 1979-2017 (may be incomplete!)
    James Waldo Ackerman 1979-84 Harold Albert Baker 1979-94 Robert D. Morgan 1979-82 Michael Martin Mihm 1982-2009 Richard Henry Mills 1985-97 Joe Billy McDade 1991-2010 Michael Patrick McCuskey 1998-2013 Jeanne E. Scott 1998-2010 James Edward Shadid 2011- Sue Ellen Myerscough 2011- Sara Lynn Darrow 2011- Colin Stirling Bruce 2013-

    Officeholding Events (may be incomplete!)

  • 1982 May 28: Robert D. Morgan, took senior status.
  • 1984 Nov 23: James Waldo Ackerman, died in office.
  • 1994 Oct 4: Harold Albert Baker, took senior status.
  • 1997 Oct 7: Richard Henry Mills, took senior status.
  • 2009 Oct 1: Michael Martin Mihm, took senior status.
  • 2010 Feb 28: Joe Billy McDade, took senior status.
  • 2010 Aug 1: Jeanne E. Scott, resigned.
  • 2013 Jun 30: Michael Patrick McCuskey, took senior status.

    U.S. District Judges for the Eastern District of Illinois, 1918-79 (may be incomplete!)
    George Washington English 1918-26 Walter C. Lindley 1922-49 Fred Louis Wham 1927-56 William George Juergens 1956-72 James L. Foreman 1972-79 Harold Albert Baker 1978-79

    Officeholding Events (may be incomplete!)

  • 1926 Nov 4: George Washington English, resigned.
  • 1956 Mar 3: Fred Louis Wham, took senior status.
  • 1972 Apr 26: William George Juergens, took senior status.

    U.S. District Judges for the Northern District of Illinois, 1870-2017 (may be incomplete!)
    Henry Williams Blodgett 1870-92 Peter Stenger Grosscup 1892-99 Christian Cecil Kohlsaat 1899-1905 Solomon H. Bethea 1905-09 Kenesaw Mountain Landis 1905-22 George Albert Carpenter 1910 John Peter Barnes 1931-57 George E. Q. Johnson 1932-33 William Harrison Holly 1933-43 Philip Leo Sullivan 1933-60 Michael L. Igoe 1939-65 William J. Campbell 1940-70 Walter J. LaBuy 1944 Elwyn R. Shaw 1944-50 Julius Jennings Hoffman 1953-72 Julius Howard Miner 1958-63 Edwin Albert Robson 1958-75 Richard B. Austin 1961-75 James Benton Parsons 1961-81 Bernard M. Decker 1962-87 A. L. Marovitz 1963-75 William J. Lynch 1966 Alexander J. Napoli 1966-72 Frank James McGarr 1970-86 Thomas Roberts McMillen 1971-84 William J. Bauer 1971-75 Philip W. Tone 1972-74 Richard Wellington McLaren 1972-76 Prentice Henry Marshall 1973-88 Alfred Younges Kirkland, Sr. 1974-79 John Powers Crowley 1976-81 Nicholas John Bua 1977-91 Stanley Julian Roszkowski 1977-91 Marvin E. Aspen 1979- James Byron Moran 1979-95 Milton Irving Shadur 1980-92 James Henry Alesia 1987-98 Suzanne B. Conlon 1988-2004 George Michael Marovich 1988-2000 Wayne R. Andersen 1991- Ruben Castillo 1994- Blanche M. Manning 1994-2010 David H. Coar 1994-2009 Elaine E. Bucklo 1994- William J. Hibbler 1999-2012 John W. Darrah 2000-17 Amy J. St. Eve 2002- Samuel Der-Yeghiayan 2003- Robert Michael Dow, Jr. 2007- Sharon Johnson Coleman 2010- Edmond E. Chang 2010- Thomas Michael Durkin 2012- Sara Lee Ellis 2013- Manish Suresh Shah 2014- Jorge Luis Alonso 2014- John Robert Blakey 2014-

    Officeholding Events (may be incomplete!)

  • 1909 Aug 3: Solomon H. Bethea, died in office.
  • 1922 Feb 28: Kenesaw Mountain Landis, resigned.
  • 1943 Dec 31: William Harrison Holly, took senior status.
  • 1950 Jul 18: Elwyn R. Shaw, died in office.
  • 1957 Sep 15: John Peter Barnes, took senior status.
  • 1960 Jun 12: Philip Leo Sullivan, died in office.
  • 1963 Mar 13: Julius Howard Miner, died in office.
  • 1972 Feb 3: Julius Jennings Hoffman, took senior status.
  • 1972 Jul 12: Alexander J. Napoli, died in office.
  • 1975 Apr 16: Edwin Albert Robson, took senior status.
  • 1975 Aug 10: A. L. Marovitz, took senior status.
  • 1975 Oct 10: Richard B. Austin, took senior status.
  • 1976 Feb 25: Richard Wellington McLaren, died in office.
  • 1979 Apr 30: Alfred Younges Kirkland, Sr., took senior status.
  • 1981 Jun 30: John Powers Crowley, resigned.
  • 1981 Aug 30: James Benton Parsons, took senior status.
  • 1984 Dec 31: Thomas Roberts McMillen, took senior status.
  • 1986 Jun 30: Frank James McGarr, took senior status.
  • 1988 Oct 19: Prentice Henry Marshall, took senior status.
  • 1991 Jan 9: Stanley Julian Roszkowski, took senior status.
  • 1991 Nov 4: Nicholas John Bua, retired.
  • 1992 Jun 25: Milton Irving Shadur, took senior status.
  • 1995 Jun 30: James Byron Moran, took senior status.
  • 1998 Feb 1: James Henry Alesia, resigned.
  • 2000 Jan 2: George Michael Marovich, took senior status.
  • 2004 Apr 17: Suzanne B. Conlon, took senior status.
  • 2009 Aug 12: David H. Coar, took senior status.
  • 2010 Feb 1: Blanche M. Manning, took senior status.
  • 2012 Mar 19: William J. Hibbler, died in office.
  • 2017 Mar 1: John W. Darrah, took senior status.

    U.S. District Judges for the Southern District of Illinois, 1887-2017 (may be incomplete!)
    William J. Allen 1887-1901 J. Otis Humphrey 1901 Louis FitzHenry 1918-33 Charles Guy Briggle 1932-58 J. Earl Major 1933-37 J. Leroy Adair 1937-56 Frederick O. Mercer 1956-66 Robert D. Morgan 1967-79 James Waldo Ackerman 1976-79 James L. Foreman 1979-92 William George Juergens 1979-88 William Louis Beatty 1979-92 William Donald Stiehl 1986-96 Paul E. Riley 1994-2001 G. Patrick Murphy 1998-2013 Michael Joseph Reagan 2000-

    Officeholding Events (may be incomplete!)

  • 1901 Jan 26: William J. Allen, died in office.
  • 1956 Jan 19: J. Leroy Adair, died in office.
  • 1958 Aug 1: Charles Guy Briggle, took senior status.
  • 1966 Apr 3: Frederick O. Mercer, died in office.
  • 1988 Dec 7: William George Juergens, died in office.
  • 1992 Jun 1: James L. Foreman, took senior status.
  • 1992 Nov 9: William Louis Beatty, took senior status.
  • 1996 Nov 30: William Donald Stiehl, took senior status.
  • 2001 Oct 11: Paul E. Riley, died in office.
  • 2013 Dec 1: G. Patrick Murphy, retired.
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