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Term: Winslow, John Bradley 1851 - 1920


lawyer, politician, judge, author, b. Nunda, Livingston County, N.Y. He moved with his parents to Wisconsin in 1856, settling in Racine. He graduated from Racine College (A.B., 1871; A.M., 1874) and the Univ. of Wisconsin (LL.B., 1875), and set up a law office in Racine, where he soon built a large practice. A Democrat, he held local political offices in Racine, including that of city attorney. In Apr., 1883, he was elected circuit judge of the first judicial district, was re-elected in 1889, and served on the circuit bench from Jan., 1884, until 1891. In May, 1891, Winslow was appointed to the state supreme court to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Justice David Taylor (q.v.); he was elected to Taylor's unexpired term in Apr., 1892, and in 1895 was elected for a full term. Thereafter he was regularly re-elected to the high court bench until his death, and in 1907 became chief justice ex officio by reason of seniority. One of the outstanding jurists to serve on Wisconsin's high court bench, Winslow is credited with helping to lay the foundations for progressive legislation in the state and nation. Underlying his legal philosophy was a strong plea for flexibility in the law, and the need for written constitutions capable of meeting changing political, economic, and social conditions. Winslow was the author of The Story of a Great Court (1912) and a legal treatise, Winslow's Forms of Pleading and Practice (1906, 1915), as well as numerous articles for journals and periodicals. He was an office of numerous professional organizations, and for several years was a trustee of Racine College. Dict. Amer. Biog.; Who's Who in Amer., 11 (1920); Wis. Reports, 174 (1922), pp. xxxiii-xlviii; Wis. Blue Book (1921); Milwaukee Sentinel, July 14, 1920.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the John Bradley Winslow Papers for details.

[Source: Blue book]
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