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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[1] in the Sixth Judicial District, which at the time consisted of Johnson and Sheridan Counties, Wyoming.[2] [3] [4]

He was born on December 30, 1913, to Harry P. and Evelyn E. Ilsley in Sundance, Wyoming.[5] He graduated from Sundance High School, the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, and the University of Wyoming College of Law.[5] After law school, he worked for the Wyoming Taxpayers Association until he passed the Wyoming Bar exam in October 1939.[5] On December 9, 1939, he married Helen O. Lewis in Kimball, Nebraska.[5][6] In 1941, he moved to Gillette, Wyoming.[5] He practiced law there until July 1942, when he entered the Armed Services.[5] He was on active duty for four years, including one year in the European Theater on War Crimes.[5] After his service, he returned to private law practice in Gillette, where he also served as county attorney.[5] From 1960-1961, he was President of the Wyoming State Bar Association.[5] In November 1962, he moved to Sheridan, Wyoming when Governor Jack R. Gage appointed him to the Wyoming State District Court, Fourth Judicial District.[5][7] He served as a judge until January 6, 1975.[7] He died on October 30, 2000.[5]

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.[8]

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


  1. Wyoming state district courts are "trial courts of general jurisdiction," which preside over felony criminal cases and major civil cases, review agency decisions, and hear appeals from the state circuit courts. https://www.courts.state.wy.us/district-courts/about-the-district-courts/
  2. https://www.courts.state.wy.us/district-courts/district-court-locations/
  3. https://www.courts.state.wy.us/court/district-court-4th-judicial-district-johnson-county/
  4. https://www.courts.state.wy.us/court/district-court-4th-judicial-district-sheridan-county/
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 http://sun.stparchive.com/Archive/SUN/SUN11022000P02.phpand
  6. https://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/obituaries/article_cfb45221-4a79-56d0-8708-687bcf0c8027.html
  7. 7.0 7.1 Wyoming Blue Book, 50th Legislature Centennial Edition, Vol. 4, 1991 at 145.
  8. Wyoming Blue Book, Vol. 3, 1974 at 34 & 44.

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