Biography of Edward F. Dunne
Chicago, Cook County, Il Biographies

DUNNE, EDWARD F. - Born at Waterville, Conn., October 12, 1853. Son of Patrick W., and Delia M, Dunne. Parents both of Irish nationality. They came to the United States in 1849, set tling first in New York, Later they removed to Connecticut and from thence to Peoria, Ill., about the year 1854. Mr. Dunne lived with his parents in that city until 1876, when, with his family, he moved to Chicago and has resided here ever since. His education was received in the public schools of Peoria; he graduated front the high school there, and was then sent by his parents to Ireland to finish his education at Trinity College (University), Dublin. Mr. Dunne's father reached a position of some prominence in Illinois politics. He was for several years a member of the common council of Peoria, and in 1876, just prior to his removal to Chicago, was a member of the Illinois legislature. Edward F. Dunne is a lawyer of high standing in this city. Immediately upon his admission to the bar he devoted himself with great diligence and ability to his profession, and has achieved a high degree of success. In 1878 he went into partnership with ex Justice of the supreme court Walter B. Scates and the Hon. W. J. Hynes, under the firm name of Scates, Hynes & Dunne. Two years later, in 1880 an other partnership was formed between Messrs. Hynes and Dunne and William J. English, which continued until July 1887, when Mr. Dunne and Mr. Hynes organized the firm of Hynes & Dunne. Mr. Dunne has never sought any political office, nor would he accept any position in public life until he was elected judge of the circuit court of Cook county in 1892. In his professional life he has had the management and control of many large estates and properties. Among the most prominent cases with which he has been con nected may be mentioned the Rose Moran breach of promise case; the St. Clara Female Academy contested will case, and the Adams vs. Farwell contested election case. In religion Judge Dunne is a Roman Catholic, He has always affiliated with the democratic party in politics. He was married Aug. 16, 1881, to Miss Elizabeth J, Kelly, daughter of E. F. Kelly, of this city; has four children living, Gerald, Owen, Richard and Eileen. Judge Dunne is very persistent in everything he undertakes, a fact to which a large degree of the success he has achieved must be attributed. He is a member of the Iroquois, Columbus and Prairie clubs, and of the Royal Arcanum and Royal League. Since his elevation to the bench Judge Dunne, though probably the youngest judge in Cook county, has made a splendid record for ability, suavitv and the dispatch of business. His career on the bench promises to be a lasting and honorable one.

The Handbook of Chicago Biography
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