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Oscar Edwin Heard

Oscar Edwin Heard, American jurist. Member board of directors Freeport Public Library, 1896-1903; member Board of Education, Freeport, 1897-1902.; Mason.


  • Heard, Oscar Edwin was born on June 26, 1856 in Freeport, Illinois, United States. Son of William and Sarah Ann (Swanzey) Heard.

  • Education

    • Preparatory education high school, Freeport. Student Northwestern University, 1874-1876.


    • Admitted to Illinois bar, 1879, and began practice at Freeport. State’s attorney Stephenson County, Illinois, 1884-1900. Judge Circuit Court, 1903-1924.

      Judge Appellate Court, 2d District of Illinois, 1919-1921, 3d District, 1921-1924. Justice Supreme Court, Illinois, term, 1924-1933, chief justice, 1927-1928, 1932-1933. Member of law firm of Heard & Heard.

      Assigned to hold court in Chicago part of each year for over 20 years. Presided at the E. St. Louis Race Riot Cases, 1917.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Presbyn


    Member board of directors Freeport Public Library, 1896-1903. Member Board of Education, Freeport, 1897-1902.


    • Married Mary J. Peters, December 25, 1879.
    • father: William Heard
    • mother: Sarah Ann (Swanzey) Heard
    • spouse: Mary J. Peters
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    Died July 15, 1940
    (aged 84)