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SHAKE, CURTIS GROVER: 1887-

Curtis Grover Shake was born in Knox County, Ind., on July 14, 1887, the son of Daniel W. and Arminda F. Wyant Shake. He graduated from Vincennes University in 1906 and earned the LL.B. degree from Indiana University in 1910. He married Ann Szeleczky on June 5, 1911, and they had one son, Gilbert. On Jan. 2, 1952, he married his second wife, Alice K. Hubbard, and they had one daughter, Susan.

In Vincennes Shake began practicing law in 1911 and was deputy prosecuting attorney, 1911-13, and city attorney, 1912-15. He served as a U.S. commissioner, 1917-25, and county attorney, 1923-26, and was elected to the Indiana senate in 1927. A member of the Indiana Supreme Court from 1938 to 1945, he served as chief justice in 1939, 1941, and 1944. He was elected permanent chairman of the Democratic state convention in 1942. He was named referee for the National Railroad Adjustment Board and mediated 120 strikes from 1928 to 1946. During 1944-47 he chaired three Presidential emergency boards for settlement of railway strikes.

Shake was presiding judge in the I. G. Farben case before the U.S. military tribunals in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1947 and 1948. He was chairman of the board of trustees of Vincennes University from 1945 to 1966 when he received emeritus status. That institution's Curtis G. Shake Memorial Library was dedicated in 1960. Known as "Mr. History," he was active in renewing the Vincennes Historical and Antiquarian Society in 1965 and is a charter and life member of the board of governors.

Information from Vincennes Public Library.

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