Judge Hugo Friend Named to Illinois Appellate Court
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Judge Hugo Friend Named to Illinois Appellate Court

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Circuit Court Judge Joseph B. David today turned down an assignment to the Appellate Court to fill a vacancy caused by the death of Judge Jesse Holdom. This appointment by the Illinois Supreme Court is considered a promotion. The Supreme Court withdrew its nomination at Judge David’s request and in his place named another Jewish judge, Judge Hugo M. Friend of the Circuit Court.

Judge Friend has served in the circuit court for ten years. He was appointed to the bench in 1920 by Gov. Frank O. Lowden, after serving for four years as a master in chancery. In 1921 he was elected for a full term and was reclected in 1927.

During his college days at the University of Chicago Judge Friend was captain of the track team and held the collegiate broad jump record from 1905 to 1915. In 1900 he was a member of the American team that participated in the Olympic games at Athens.

Judge Friend while sitting in the Criminal branch of the circuit court established a record of sending sixty-one criminals to the penitentiary in six months. In 1926, he was chief justice of the Circuit Court.

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