Minnesota State Law Library
James H. Quinn was born in Kilbourn City, Wisconsin on June 23, 1857. He came to Minnesota in 1863, locating in Blue Earth County. Admitted to practice law in 1884, he was elected County Attorney of Faribault County in 1888 and reelected four times. In 1897, Governor David M. Clough appointed Quinn to the office of District Judge of the Seventeenth Judicial District. Quinn served until 1916, when he was elected Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. He was reelected in 1922. In 1928, ill health caused his retirement from the court. Between 1917 and 1928, Quinn wrote 571 opinions, which can be found in volumes 160 - 217 of the Northwestern Reporter. He died February 15, 1930 in St. Paul.