|Name||Otto Kerner, Sr.|
Chicago, Illinois , United States
|| February 22, 1884
|Died||December 13, 1952
Apr 27, 2007 01:50pm
|Info||Otto Kerner, Sr. (February 22, 1884 – December 13, 1952) was a Democratic Illinois Attorney General and a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. His son, Otto Kerner, Jr., was twice elected Democratic governor of Illinois, serving from 1961 to 1968. |
Otto Kerner, Sr. was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 22, 1884. He received an LL.B. from Lake Forest University in 1905. He was in the private practice of law in Chicago from 1905 to 1915. In 1911, Kerner was one of incorporators of the Bohemian Lawyers Association of Chicago.
From 1915 to 1927, Kerner was a master in chancery of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. In 1927, he became a judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois and in 1931 he became a judge of the Illinois Appellate Court. In 1932, Kerner became Illinois Attorney General, a position he held until 1938.
On November 21, 1938, Kerner received a recess appointment from Franklin D. Roosevelt to a newly-created seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He was nominated on January 5, 1939, confirmed by the Senate on February 1, 1939, and received his commission on February 9, 1939. He continued to serve on the court until his death on December 13, 1952.
Kerner was interred at the Bohemian National Cemetery in Chicago.