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DILLON, John Forrest, jurist, born in Montgomery County, New York, 25 December 1831. He went to Iowa when about eight years old, and was graduated at the medical department of Iowa University, but, after practicing about six months, began the study of law, and was admitted to the bar in 1852. He was in the same year elected state prosecuting attorney, and in 1858 became judge of the 7th judicial district of Iowa. He was elected in 1862 for a second term, but before its expiration was chosen to the supreme bench of the state for six years, during the last two of which he served as chief justice, he was reelected to the state supreme bench in 1869, but in December of that year was commissioned by President Grant U. S. circuit judge for the 8th judicial circuit. He held that office till 1879, when he accepted the professorship of real estate and equity jurisprudence in the Columbia Law School. He held this professorship for three years, when he resigned it, and gave his attention wholly to the practice of his profession in New York City. Judge Dillon is a member of the Institut de droit international, and of the Association for the reform and codification of the law of nations, he is the author of " U. S. Circuit Court Reports" (5 vols., 1871'80); " Municipal Corporations " (Chicago, 1872); " Removal of Causes from State to Federal Courts" (1875); and "Municipal Bonds" (1876).
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