Dillon, John F. (John Forrest), 1831-1914

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Prominent lawyer and judge from Davenport, Iowa, reaching the pinnacle of his career in New York.

Dillon was a self taught lawyer admitted to the Iowa Bar in 1852 after abandoning a career in medicine. He served as a judge of the District Court of the 7th judicial district of Iowa (1858-1863), Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Iowa (1863-1869), Justice of the U.S. Circuit Court for the 8th judicial circuit (1869-1879), professor of law at the State University of Iowa (1869-1879) and Columbia University Law School (1879-1882). In 1882 he resumed private practice in New York City serving as counsel for Union Pacific, Missouri Pacific, and Texas Pacific Railroads and Western Union Telegraph Company. He also served as counsel for the Goulds in their railroad interests and in matters pertaining to the estate of Jay Gould. He was elected president of the American Bar Association (1891-1892), was the Storrs lecturer at Yale University Law School (1891-1892), and in 1896 served as a member of the commission that prepared the charter for the formation of a Greater New York. In 1908 he was elected the first president of the New York County Lawyers Association.

From the description of Papers, 1850,1879-1913. (Iowa Sate Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 52724671

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referencedIn Autograph File, D, 1586-1975. Houghton Library
creatorOf Dillon, John Forrest, 1831-1914. Letter to Andrew Johnson. Des Moines, IA. 1869 Jan. 29. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Hutchings, Albin H. [Hutchings engravings]. Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Central (downtown Buffalo)
creatorOf Hartmann, Emil. Briefs, Sioux half breed scrip locations, 1889-1894 . Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Frank Parsons papers, 1888-1908 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Dillon, John Forrest, 1831-1914. Papers, 1850,1879-1913. Iowa State Historical Society
referencedIn United States. Court of Appeals (8th Circuit). Judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. US Court of Appeals Library, 8th Circuit
referencedIn Plumb, Edward Lee, 1827-1912. Edward Lee Plumb papers, 1856-1912. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Parsons, Frank, 1854-1908. Frank Parsons papers, 1888-1908 (inclusive). Yale University Library
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associatedWith American Bar Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Columbia University. School of Law. corporateBody
associatedWith Dillon, Anna Price, 1835-1898. person
associatedWith Dillon, Sidney, 1814-1892. person
associatedWith Free Public Library (Davenport, Iowa) corporateBody
associatedWith Gould, Jay, 1836-1892. person
associatedWith Hutchings, Albin H. person
associatedWith Iowa. District Court (Seventh Judicial District) corporateBody
associatedWith Iowa. Supreme Court corporateBody
associatedWith Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875, person
associatedWith Marshall, John, 1755-1835. person
associatedWith New York County Lawyers' Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Parsons, Frank, 1854-1908. person
associatedWith Plumb, Edward Lee, 1827-1912. person
associatedWith State University of Iowa. College of Law. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Circuit Court (8th Circuit) corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Davenport (Iowa)
Medical education
Medical care
Railroad law


Birth 1831-12-25

Death 1914-05-06




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