THE CHIEF JUSTICE.
UDGE ALFRED M. POST, chief justice of the supreme court of Nebraska, was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, August 10, 1846. His paternal ancestors were of English blood, though born in New England. His father was a clergyman of the Presbyterian faith, and his mother's family were of Scotch-Irish origin. Young Post entered the Ohio University after completing the curriculum of the common schools, and graduated in 1869. The next year he was admitted to the bar in Iowa, practiced his profession in that state for four years, and served two years as United States consul. In 1883 he was appointed judge of the fourth judicial district of Nebraska, and upon the expiration of his term was elected, and was re-elected in 1887. He was nominated for supreme judge by the republican state convention of 1891, and was elected. As a trial judge he established an excellent record for promptness in ruling, accuracy of decision, and absolute impartiality in the conduct of court proceedings. As chief justice he enjoys an eminent reputation as an able jurist of the higher class.
JUDGE T. O. C. HARRISON.
0. C. HARRISON, justice of the supreme court of Nebraska,
was born in New Burlington, Ohio, May 22, 1849. He became a
resident of Nebraska in 1873, locating at Grand Island. He
was honored with the office of county judge of Hall county
in 1876 by appointment, and was afterwards twice elected to
the same office by the people. He was a member of the state
senate in the legislature of 1883, representing Hall and
Hamilton counties. He was appointed by Governor Thayer judge
of the district court for the eleventh district in 1887. At
the expiration of the appointive term he was elected, and
was re-elected in 1891, resigning in 1894 to assume the
duties of judge of the supreme court, to which high office
he had been elected in the fall of 1893. Judge Harrison is a
lawyer of wide experience and high repute. He is a citizen
of the strictest integrity and enjoys the confidence of both
bench and bar.
JUDGE T. L. NORVAL.
THEOPHILUS L. NORVAL, justice of the supreme court of
Nebraska, is a native of Illinois, and was born in Fulton
county August 26, 1847. In 1872 he became a resident of
Nebraska, and located at Seward, then a thriving county seat
town. He soon gained recognition as a successful lawyer, and
established a large practice throughout the state. He was
elected to the state senate from Seward county in 1879, and
ranked among the ablest members of that body. In 1883 he was
appointed judge of the sixth judicial district, to fill the
vacancy caused by the resignation of judge George W. Post.
At the expiration of the term, he was elected by the people,
and was re-elected in 1887. His record as a trial judge was
among the best in the state, and in 1889 he received the
nomination of the republican party for judge of the supreme
court, was elected, and resigned as district judge to take
his place on the supreme bench. This high office he has held
continuously since, serving one term as chief justice. Judge
Norval was re-elected in 1895, and his present term will
expire in January, 1902.
COURT COMMISSIONER IRVINE.
FRANK IRVINE, member of the Nebraska supreme court
commission, was born at Sharon, Pennsylvania, in 1858. He
enjoyed good facilities for his youthful education, and
entered Cornell University, from which he graduated in 1880.
He afterwards took a course in law in the National
University at Washington, D. C., graduating from that
institution in 1883. He was admitted to the bar of the
supreme court of the District of Columbia, and became one of
the assistants to the United States district attorney. In
1884 lawyer Irvine located in Omaha, where he practiced
until 1891, when he was appointed judge of the district
court by Governor Boyd, and was elected for the full term in
November of the same year. He soon became known as a jurist
of scholarship and eminence and was recognized by the
supreme court under the act of 1893, being appointed to his
present office, in which he has distinguished himself by a
most creditable administration of justice.