Fred Carl Gause


Fred Carl Gause



Fred Carl Gause was born on August 29, 1879 in Greensfork, Wayne County, Indiana. His father, Dr. Thomas Gause died two years later, and his mother Christine Boone Gause moved the family to Henry County. Gause graduated from New Castle High School in 1897 and he enrolled at Indiana University, graduating from the law department in 1899. He returned to New Castle and read law under John Morris and Eugene Bundy. He was admitted to the bar in 1900, and he began his solo law practice in New Castle. He also served as the county attorney for Henry County from 1902 to 1912.

In 1914, Gause was elected judge of the Henry Circuit Court. He was reelected in 1920 and served until November 1, 1923 when Governor Warren McCray appointed him to fill out the term of Justice Howard Townsend. During his tenure on the Court, Justice Gause was a prolific writer, authoring more opinions than all other justices except for Justice Louis Ewbank. Upon the completion of his term, Justice Gause decided to not stand for election and return to private practice. He practice law in Indianapolis for nearly 20 years, serving as the president of the Indiana State Bar Association in 1936 and president of the Indianapolis Bar Association in 1941. He also served as a commissioner of the Indiana State Election Board for many years.

Justice Gause died at his home in Indianapolis on February 15, 1944. He was interred at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.


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For more information on Justice Gause, see the following site:

And in:

  • “Fred C. Gause” by John L. Kellam, in Justices of the Indiana Supreme Court, edited by Linda C. Gugin and James E. St. Clair, pp.255-257. Available in the Jerome Hall Law Library, KF 354 .I56 J87 2010.

Fred Carl Gause