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John M. Scott

Born: Aug 1, 1824

Death: Jan 21, 1898

Birthplace: Belleville

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

John M. Scott

Date of Birth : Aug 1, 1824
Date of Death : Jan 21, 1898
Birth Place : Belleville

John Milton Scott was an American attorney and politician from Illinois. After he was admitted to the bar in 1848, Scott moved to Bloomington, Illinois to form a law practice with Asahel Gridley. Scott had strong political convictions and ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Illinois Senate. He was appointed to the Illinois Circuit Courts in 1862 and then was appointed to the Supreme Court of Illinois in 1870. He served on the high state court for eighteen years, most notably authoring the decision for Ker v. Illinois. He served three one-year terms as Chief Justice.


  • Politician
  • Barrister
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