Lee County Biography

William W. Heaton

Judge of the Circuit Court from 1861 to 1877 was William W. Heaton, born the son of John and Sarah Heaton in Oneida County NY in 1814.

He was admitted to the bar at Terre Haute, Ind., in 1838, and came to Dixon in 1840, where he practiced law until his appointment as circuit judge.

In 1877 he was appointed one of the justices of the Appellate Court for the First District of Illinois, and when court assembled in October, was chosen chief justice. He died very suddenly in Chicago, December 26, 1877.

Dixon Evening Telegraph May 1, 1951


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