GILLEN, Courtland Craig (1880-1954)

GILLEN, COURTLAND CRAIG, a Representative from Indiana; born in Roachdale, Putnam County, Ind., July 3, 1880; attended the rural schools; was graduated from Fincastle High School in 1897; taught common and high schools for five years 1897-1904; attended De Pauw University at Greencastle, Ind., 1901-1903; was graduated from the law department of the University of Indianapolis (Indiana Law School) in 1905; was admitted to the bar in 1904 and commenced practice in Greencastle, Ind.; served as county attorney 1909-1914 and as prosecuting attorney of the sixty-fourth judicial circuit in 1917 and 1918; delegate to the Democratic State convention in 1924; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second Congress (March 4, 1931-March 3, 1933); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1932; elected judge of the sixty-fourth judicial circuit (Putnam Circuit Court) in 1934 and served from January 1, 1935, until his resignation on April 15, 1939; resumed the private practice of law; died in Greencastle, Ind., September 1, 1954; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Indiana University
Lilly Library
Bloomington, IN
Papers: 1930-1933, 200 items.
The papers of Courtland Craig Gillen consist principally of letters to Gillen, then in Congress, from constituents in Indiana supporting or opposing the Beck-Linthicum resolution proposing the amendment of the 18th amendment to the U.S. constitution (national prohibition). This resolution was brought to a vote on March 14, 1932. Also included is some material on Gillen's 1930 campaign for election to Congress; letters on his chance of winning renomination in the primary election of May 1932; and letters and speeches relating to the taxing of intangibles.