Benoni Whitten

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Benoni Whitten (died 1883) was an American attorney and judge in Oregon. He was the 19th Associate Justice on the Oregon Supreme Court in the United States. Though serving on the court, he never heard a trial as a justice during his four months on the bench of Oregon’s highest court, as the Supreme Court was in recess during this time.

Early life

Whitten was born in the state of Ohio around 1828 to William Whitten. By 1866 they had moved to Eastern Oregon where he was admitted to the state bar on September 6.Corning, Howard M. Dictionary of Oregon History. Binfords & Mort Publishing, 1956.Ralph James Mooney; Raymond H. Warns, Jr. Governing a New State: Public Law Decisions by the Early Oregon Supreme Court. Law and History Review, Vol. 6, No. 1. (Spring, 1988), pp. 25-93.

Legal career

In May 1870, he was appointed by Oregon Governor George L. Woods to the Oregon Supreme Court to replace Joseph G. Wilson who had resigned to run for Oregon’s lone spot in the United States House of Representatives (lost in 1870,...
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