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Term: Barnes, John 1859 - 1919


lawyer, judge, b. Manitowoc County. He graduated from the Univ. of Wisconsin (LL.B., 1883), and practiced law in Manitowoc for two years before beginning a 20-year practice in Rhinelander. From 1905 to 1907 he was a member of the state railroad commission. In 1908 he was elected to fill a vacancy on the state supreme court, and in 1909 was elected for a full term. He served on the high court bench from 1908 until 1916 when he resigned to become general counsel for the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company of Milwaukee, a position that he held until his death. Wis. Blue Book (1915); Who's Who in Amer., 10 (1918); G. O. Jones, et al., comps., Hist. of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Cos. (2 vols., Minneapolis, 1924); Milwaukee Sentinel, Jan. 2, 1919.

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