Walter Emanuel Treanor


Walter Emanuel Treanor



Walter E. Treanor was born on November 17, 1883 in Loogootee, Indiana. He attended Indiana University, receiving his A.B. in 1912. After graduation he was a Latin and history teacher, football coach, principal, and eventually the superintendent of schools in Petersburg, Indiana. When the United States entered World War I in 1917, he enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 34. He served overseas in the 325th Field Artillery, eventually rising to the rank of Second Lieutenant. After his discharge in 1919, he returned to Indiana and enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. Upon earning his LL.B. degree in 1922, he joined the faculty at the Law School.

Treanor taught at the Law School from 1922 to 1930, teaching in the areas of property, constitutional law, and procedure. He helped to found the Indiana Law Journal and he served as the editor and faculty advisor. In 1930, he ran for a seat on the Indiana Supreme Court and was elected. He was reelected in 1936. Then in December 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt nominated Treanor for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. His sponsor was Senator Sherman Minton, a fellow alumnus of the Law School. Treanor was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 21, 1937.

Judge Treanor served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit until his death on April 26, 1941. He died in Indianapolis after being hospitalized for two weeks. His funeral was held on the Indiana University campus at Bloomington and then he was interred at the Walnut Hills Cemetery in Petersburg, Indiana.

Walter Treanor received an LL.D. from Indiana University in 1939. In 1990, he was inducted into the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows.


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Walter Emanuel Treanor