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John P. Ilsley

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John P. Ilsley
Wyoming State District Judge, Fourth Judicial District
In office
Appointed byJack R. Gage
Personal details
Born(1913-12-30)December 30, 1913
Sundance, Wyoming
DiedOctober 30, 2000(2000-10-30) (aged 86)
Sheridan, Wyoming

John P. Ilsley (December 30, 1913 – October 30, 2000) was a Wyoming State District Judge in the Sixth Judicial District, which at the time consisted of Johnson and Sheridan Counties, Wyoming.[1][2][3]

He was born on December 30, 1913, to Harry P. and Evelyn E. Ilsley in Sundance, Wyoming.[4] He graduated from Sundance High School, the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, and the University of Wyoming College of Law.[4] After law school, he worked for the Wyoming Taxpayers Association until he passed the Wyoming Bar exam in October 1939.[4] On December 9, 1939, he married Helen O. Lewis in Kimball, Nebraska.[4][5]

In 1941, he moved to Gillette, Wyoming.[4] He practiced law there until July 1942, when he entered the Armed Services to serve in World War II.[4] He was on active duty for four years, including one year in the European Theater assisting with the prosecution of War Crimes.[4] After his service, he returned to private law practice in Gillette, where he also served as county attorney.[4] From 1960-1961, he was President of the Wyoming State Bar Association.[4] In November 1962, he moved to Sheridan, Wyoming when Governor Jack R. Gage appointed him to the Wyoming State District Court, Fourth Judicial District.[4][6] He served as a judge until January 6, 1975,[6] having failed to pass a "confidence" vote.[7] In 1980 it was reported that Ilsley had been the only judge in the state to fail to pass such a vote since the process became part of Wyoming law in 1972.[8] He died on October 30, 2000,[4] at Sheridan County Memorial Hospital.[9]

His father, Harry P. Ilsley, was a Wyoming State District Court Judge for the Sixth Judicial District from 1920 to 1952 and a Wyoming Supreme Court Justice from 1952 to 1953.[10]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Wyoming State District Judge, Fourth Judicial District
Succeeded by
Leonard McEwan


  1. "District Court Locations – Wyoming Judicial Branch". www.courts.state.wy.us.
  2. "District Court, 4th Judicial District, Johnson County – Wyoming Judicial Branch". www.courts.state.wy.us.
  3. "District Court, 4th Judicial District, Sheridan County – Wyoming Judicial Branch". www.courts.state.wy.us.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 "The Sundance Times November 2 Page 2". sun.stparchive.com.
  5. "Helen L. Ilsley- 10/07/04". Gillette News Record.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Wyoming Blue Book, 50th Legislature Centennial Edition, Vol. 4, 1991 at 145.
  7. "Judge to take oath of office", Casper Star-Tribune (January 21, 1975), p. 11.
  8. "Wyoming judges gain confidence", Casper Star-Tribune (November 6, 1980), p. C5.
  9. "John P. Ilsley", The Billings Gazette (November 1, 2000), p. 7C.
  10. Wyoming Blue Book, Vol. 3, 1974 at 34 & 44.
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