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Charles Morton Cory was elected Probate Judge of Nobles County in 1892 and re-elected thirteen times thereafter. He died in September 27, 1919, at age fifty three, having spent half his life on the bench. According to his obituary in the Worthington Globe:
For a quarter century, Frank Barnes was the municipal court judge in Fergus Falls, and for another decade judge of probate and juvenile court. He died on December 11, 1963, the last day of his 73rd year.
When he was twenty-one, William Kerr moved to Minneapolis from New Brunswick, Canada, where he had read law and been admitted to the bar. He was admitted to the Minnesota bar in 1889 and joined a prominent law firm. He must have moved easily in legal and political circles because less than six years later he received the endorsement of the Republican party for Special Judge of the Minneapolis Municipal Court. He was elected in November 1894. He returned to private practice at the end of his six year term. In 1902, he published a 519 page treatise, "The Law of Insurance: Fire, Life, Accident, Guarantee," known to the bar as "Kerr on Insurance."
Like many other lawyers in the nineteenth century, Frank Lyon was born, educated and read law in another state before he removed to Minnesota. He graduated Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, in 1878, apprenticed in Peoria, was admitted to the Illinois bar, and practiced four years in Toulon, his home town. Restless, he and his wife moved to Minneapolis in 1885, and two years later to Little Falls where he opened his own shop. He served three terms as Morrison County attorney. In 1915, the legislature authorized the establishment of a municipal court in Little Falls, and he was elected its first judge.
For over forty years, Orrin Orsmby Pitcher served the city of Mankato and the county of Blue Earth as a lawyer, county attorney, state legislator, alderman, school board member, director of the state Normal School, president of the city Board of Public Works and in numerous other ways. He was also the first judge of the Mankato Municipal Court, serving from 1885 to 1888.
Jerome Porter was elected to three judgeships during the forty years he lived in Mankato. He was elected probate judge of Blue Earth County in 1872, and held that post for twelve years. He was elected City Justice, the name given the local justice of the peace, in 1882, and held that post until 1888, when he was elected judge of the Municipal Court to a three year term. He was re-elected by a narrow margin over Ira Shissler in 1891, but in a rematch in 1893, Shissler prevailed. Porter, however, would not relinquish his office, arguing that he was entitled to serve the last year of the three year term set by the legislature when it authorized the municipal court in 1885. To oust Porter, Shissler brought a quo warranto proceeding in the Supreme Court. On May 19, 1893, the Court ruled in Porter's favor, State ex rel. Shissler v. Porter, 53 Minn. 279 (1893).
Ira Shissler practiced law in Van Wert, Ohio, for almost two decades before moving to Mankato in 1884. He was thirty-nine years old. He practiced with several lawyers, while becoming an energetic supporter of the local Republican party. In 1891, with the party's endorsement, he challenged incumbent Jerome Porter for judge of the Mankato Municipal Court, but lost by a whisker. Two years later, again with the party's backing, he easily defeated Porter. Pointing to the 1885 statute establishing the court and arguing that an 1891 amendment reducing the term of office from 3 years to 2 was unconstitutional because its title did not describe its subject, Porter refused to cede his office, forcing Shissler to bring a quo warranto proceeding in the Supreme Court. He lost. State ex rel. Shissler v. Porter, 53 Minn. 279 (1893). He took office in 1894, and was re-elected three times.