Biography of John P. Dempsey
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

JOHN P. DEMPSEY, chief justice of the Municipal Court of the City of Cleveland, and known as one of the representative members of the bar of Cuyahoga County, was born at Bellevue, Huron County, Ohio, on the 27th of March, 1878, and is a son of John A. and Anna Dempsey. Judge Dempsey was prepared for college by attending Sandwich Academy, at Sandwich, Ontario, Canada. In preparation for his chosen profession he completed the prescribed curriculum in the Cleveland Law School, in which he was graduated in June, 1907, and from which he received his degree of Bachelor of Laws. In 1907-8, to fortify himself further for the manifold exactions of his profession, he took courses in economics, literatare and philosophy at Western Reserve University. He was admitted to the bar of his native state in 1907, and one year later he engaged in the practice of his profession in Cleveland. He proved his resourcefulness as a trial lawyer and well fortified counselor, and continued to give his close attention to his substantial law business until he received, on the 1st of March, 1921, appointment by Governor Davis to his present office, that of chief justice of the Municipal Court of the Ohio metropolis, his regular election to this bench and office having occurred in November of the same year, for the six year term beginning January 1, 1922. Thus his service has been consecutive since he served out the unexpired term for which he was first appointed.

The World war service of Judge Dempsey was initiated in the month following that in which the United States became definitely involved in the great conflict. On the 12th of May, 1917, he entered the Officers Training Camp at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, and on the 15th of the following August he there received his commission as captain. He was assigned to Company G, Three Hundred and Thirty second United States Infantry, and with this cbmmand he went overseas and served on the Italian front. He continued in active service until the armistice brought the war to a close, and remained abroad in occupation duty in Austria for some time thereafter. He returned home and received his honorable discharge in May, 1919.

Judge Dempsey is an active member of the Cleveland Bar Association, and holds membership also in the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He holds membership also in the American Legion, the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, the famed military organization known as the Cleveland Grays, the Civitan Club, and the Shaker Heights Country Club, besides being affiliated with several fraternal organizations.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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