Biography of Judge Lee E. Skeel
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

JUDGE LEE E SKEEL was reared in Cleveland and since completing his law course has had a commendable record of activity as an attorney and public official. He was in the great war as a soldier overseas, and is now a judge of the Municipal Court. Judge Skeel was born at White City, Kansas. June 4, 1888, son of Frank E. and Artemisia (Edgerton) Skeel. In 1891, when he was three years of age, his parents came to Cleveland, and are old and honored residents of this city. His father was born in New York State and his mother at Royalton in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

Lee E. Skeel attended public schools at East Cleveland, completed his literary education in Hiram College, and from the Cleveland Law School was graduated in 1912 with the degree Bachelor of Laws, Summa Cum Laude. Admitted to the Ohio bar the same year, he immediately engaged in general practice, and continued until its interruption five years later when he joined the colors.

On December 6, 1917, he enrolled for active duty in the Three Hundred and Twenty second Machine Gun Battalion of the Eighty third Division. He was made sergeant major of headquarters company, and from June 12, 1918, to January 31, 1919, was on duty overseas. He received his honorable discharge February 14, 1919, and at once resumed his law practice at Cleveland. On March 1, 1920, he became general counsel for the Cleveland Automobile Club. He served as chief police prosecutor of the City of Cleveland from January 1, 1922, to September 1, 1923. He resigned that office to make the campaign for election as judge of the Municipal Court. He was chosen November 6, 1923, his four year term beginning in January, 1924. Judge Skeel is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, is active in the American Legion, and his Masonic affiliations are Holy Rood Commandery, Knights Templar, Lake Erie Consistory, of the Scottish Rite, Al Koran Temple of the Mystic Shrine and Al Sirat Grotto. He is also affiliated with the Knights of Pythias.

Judge Skeel married, June 12, 1918, Miss Nell Tucker, of Painsville, Ohio. They have two children, Tom S. and Shirley.

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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