Jesse Ernest Eschbach
Jesse E. Eschbach was born on October 26, 1920 in Warsaw, Kosciusko County, Indiana. He attended school in Warsaw, and then enrolled at Indiana University, receiving his degree from the School of Business in 1943. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving for two years as a Gunnery and Executive Officer on a minesweeper. Following his discharge, he enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington, receiving his J.D. in 1949. He was President of his class and he was elected to the Order of the Coif. He also served on the editorial staff for the Indiana Law Journal. After graduation he returned home to Warsaw and began his legal and business career. He practiced law for 13 years, and was President of both the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club. In 1959 and 1960 he served on the Labor Relations Committee of the United States Chamber of Commerce.
In March 1962, President John Kennedy nominated Eschbach to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. He was swiftly confirmed by the U.S. Senate, serving for nearly 20 years on bench, including seven years as chief judge. In October 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated him to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Eschbach served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the remainder of his life, assuming senior status in November 1985. Judge Eschbach served his alma mater as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1965 to 1970, and also by serving on the Law School’s Board of Visitors.
Judge Eschbach died in Florida on October 25, 2005. He was interred at the Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw, Indiana.
Jesse Eschbach was honored by Indiana University with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1984. He was inducted into the Law School’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1985, and he received an honorary LL.D. degree from Indiana University in 1986.
Federal Judges, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Maurer Alumni, Academy of Law Alumni Fellows
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