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State supreme court justice

Joseph Herman Goldenhersh, state supreme court justice. Bar: Illinois 1936. Recipient Distinguished Alumnus award Washington University Law School, St. Louis, 1985.


Goldenhersh, Joseph Herman was born on November 2, 1914 in East St. Louis, Illinois, United States. Son of Benjamin and Bertha (Goldenberg) Goldenhersh.


Bachelor of Laws, Washington University, St. Louis, 1935. Honorary Doctor of Laws, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, 1972.


Born in East St. Louis, Illinois, Goldenhersh received his law degree from Washington University Law School and was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1936. He practiced law in East St. Louis, Illinois. From 1964 until 1970, Goldenhersh served on the Illinois Appellate Court and was involved with the Democrat Party.

Goldenhersh served on the Illinois Supreme Court from 1970 until his retirement in 1987. Goldenhersh lived in Belleville, Illinois. He served as chief justice of the court.

Goldenhersh died in a hospital in St. Louis, Missouri from a stroke after undergoing open heart surgery.


  • Bar: Illinois 1936.


Chairman Initial Gifts United Fund East St. Louis, 1952-1953. Director Mississippi Valley council Boy Scouts American, 1952-1958. President Jewish Federation Southern Illinois, 1949-1951.

Trustee emeritus Christian Welfare Hospital, East St. Louis. Member Appellate Judges Conference (executive committee 1969-1970), East St. Louis Bar Association (president 1962-1963), American Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association Clubs: Mason (St. Louis) (33 degree, Shriner), Missouri Athletic (St. Louis).


Married Maxyne Zelenka, June 18, 1939. Children: Richard, Jerold.

Benjamin Goldenhersh

Bertha (Goldenberg) Goldenhersh

Maxyne Zelenka

Richard Goldenhersh

Jerold Goldenhersh