James A. Emmert
Honorable James A. Emmert was elected judge of the
Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of Indiana at the age of thirty-three. It was an
unusual honor for a man of his years, but one fitly bestowed upon a record as a
very thorough and painstaking lawyer, and the confidence of the people has been
fully justified in the administration he had given of the difficult duties of
Judge Emmert was born at Laurel in Franklin County, Indiana, September 26,
1895. The Emmert family came from Germany and settled at Wilmington, Delaware,
about 1845, and in 1848 moved to Indiana, settling in Dearborn County. Judge
Emmert's grandparents were Jacob and Catherine Emmert. His father,
Clinton B. Emmert, was born in Dearborn County, is a flour miller by occupation and is now
located at Clarksburg, Indiana. He married Alice Patterson, and their only child
is Judge Emmert.
Judge Emmert attended schools in Indiana, graduating from the Clarksburg High
School in 1913, completed his preparatory work in the Tennessee Military
Institute in 1915, and then entered Northwestern University at Evanston,
Illinois. He received his A. B. degree in 1920, and in 1923 was graduated from
the Harvard Law School, with the LL. B. degree.
In the meantime he had been with the colors during the World war.
and in June, 1917, was assigned to the United States Base Hospital No. 12, and
went overseas, his unit being attached to the British Expeditionary Forces.
was in service in France twenty-two months, receiving his honorable discharge in
Judge Emmert after graduating from law school at Harvard located at
Shelbyville, in September, 1923. Official honors came to him very early, and in
1925 he was elected mayor of Shelbyville, holding that office three years.
1928 he was elected judge of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit. Judge Emmert is a
Republican, a member of the Shelby County and Indiana State Bar Associations.
belongs to the American Legion, is a Royal Arch and Council degree Mason and a
member of the Improved Order of Red Men. He married Miss Bernice L. Foster, of
Knox County, Indiana, June 1, 1929.
Indiana One Hundred and Fifty Years of American Development, vol.
3, by Charles Roll, A.M., The Lewis Publishing Company, 1931
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
article, August 8, 2008, Ron Hamilton, columnist
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