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Solomon Hicks Bethea

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Solomon Hicks Bethea
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
In office
March 18, 1905 – August 3, 1909
Appointed byTheodore Roosevelt
Preceded byChristian Cecil Kohlsaat
Succeeded byGeorge Albert Carpenter
Personal details
Born(1852-05-18)May 18, 1852
Lee County, Illinois
DiedAugust 3, 1909(1909-08-03) (aged 57)
Dixon, Illinois
Political partyRepublican

Solomon Hicks Bethea (May 18, 1852, Lee County, Illinois – August 3, 1909, Dixon, Illinois) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.[1][2]

Education and career

Bethea read law in 1876. He was in private practice in Dixon from 1877 to 1898. He was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1882 to 1883 and mayor of Dixon. He was the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois from 1899 to 1905.[3]

Federal judicial service

Bethea was nominated by President Theodore Roosevelt on March 18, 1905, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois vacated by Judge Christian Cecil Kohlsaat. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 18, 1905, and received commission on March 18, 1905. His service terminated on August 3, 1909, due to death.[3]


  1. ^ Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Berryhill to Betz".
  2. ^ 'Report of the Thirty-Third Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association held at Chattanooga, Tennessee, August 30, August 31 and September 1, 1910,' The Lord Baltimore Press, Baltimore, Maryland: 1910, Biographical Sketch of Solomon Hicks Bethea, pg. 664-665
  3. ^ a b Solomon Hicks Bethea at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.


Legal offices
Preceded by
Christian Cecil Kohlsaat
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
1905 – 1909
Succeeded by
George Albert Carpenter
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