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Judges of the Courts

Maine Superior Court Judge Earle L. Russell was the Superior Court Judge for Knox County from December 27, 1944 - August 5, 1947 when he died while still in office. This photograph was taken in 1945.

Maine Supreme Court Judge Jonas Cutting, LL.D. was born on November 3, 1800. He was admitted to the bar in 1826 and later had a law practice for 18 years with Edward Kent (who was Maine's Governor from 1838 - 1839 and 1841 - 1842). The two men even built a house together in Bangor known as the Jonas Cutting - Edward Kent House on the National Register of Historic Places. Cutting became a Maine Supreme Court Justice on April 20, 1854 and served for a 7 year term (the duration of the judicial tenor) and then was reappointed.
Supreme Court Justice Warren C. Philbrook (November 30, 1857 - May 31, 1933) was the Maine Attorney General from 1909 - 1910 and then a Maine Supreme Court Justice from April 1913 - November 1928. He was a Freemason and a member of the Knights of Pythias.

Associate Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court John B. Madigan (January 4, 1863 - January 19, 1918) was appointed to the Court on March 1, 1916 and served until his death in 1918 at the age of 55.

Associate Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court William H. Fogler (November 10, 1837 - February 18, 1902) was the first member of the Court from Knox County. He served on the Court from March 25, 1898 until his death at the age of 64 in Rockland. He served in the 19th Maine Volunteer Regiment during the Civil War and reached the rank of Colonel. He was at several great battles of the war including Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. He was severely wounded in battle in 1864. He served as Waldo County Attorney from 1872 - 1878. He also had been elected Mayor of Belfast and Rockland's representative to the Legislature.
Associate Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court Richard D. Rice (April 10, 1810 - May 27, 1882) was appointed a Judge of the District Court for the Middle District in 1848. He was appointed an Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court on May 11, 1852. He served until he resigned on December 1, 1863 to take the presidency of the Portland and Kennebec Railroad Company. He died in 1882 at the age of 72 in Augusta.