Frederick Daniel Landis, Jr.


Frederick Daniel Landis, Jr.



Frederick Daniel Landis Jr. was born in Logansport, Indiana, in 1912, to a long-line of prominent individuals. His father, Frederick Landis Sr., served in the U.S. Congress, while his uncle was the renowned Kenesaw Mountain Landis, a federal judge and baseball’s first commissioner. Educated in Logansport’s public schools, Landis then attended Wabash College, but ultimately graduated from Indiana University in 1932 (B.A.). He then attended the Indiana University School of Law, where he received his law degree in 1934.

Landis worked in his Logansport law firm from 1935 to 1955, while also holding various local and state positions, including Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Twenty-ninth Judicial District of Indiana from 1935-1936; Prosecuting Attorney for the Twenty-ninth Judicial District of Indiana from 1938-1940; Member of the Indiana House of Representatives from 1950-1952; Member of the Indiana State Senate from 1952-1955; and ultimately as a Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court from 1955-1965.

In October of 1965, President Lyndon Johnson nominated Landis to serve as a Judge of the United States Customs Court, on which he served until 1980. In November of 1980 he was transferred by operation of law to the newly created United States Court of International Trade. He took senior status in 1983 and died in 1990. Landis is buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Logansport.


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  • “Frederick Landis Jr.” by Frank E. Tolbert, in Justices of the Indiana Supreme Court, edited by Linda C. Gugin and James E. St. Clair, pp.347-350. Available in the Jerome Hall Law Library, KF 354 .I56 J87 2010

Frederick Daniel Landis, Jr.