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James M. Hanley

District Court Judge

Appointed in 1915

Judge Hanley was born in Winona, Minnesota, on January 6, 1877. He attended high school at Kasson, Minnesota and Carleton College. He was admitted to the Bar at the age of twenty-one, started his law practice in 1902 at Mandan, North Dakota. He was elected to the House of Representative in 1908 and 1911, he also served as Speaker of the House, and as States Attorney of Morton County 1909 and 1910. In 1915 he was appointed Judge of the Twelfth Judicial District, by Governor Louis B. Hanna, he served in that capacity until 1919, when the judicial districts were revised he became Judge of the Sixth Judicial District from 1919 until 1920. Judge Hanley died on January 31, 1947.