Moses Wilkins Harrison II (March 30, 1932 – April 25, 2013) was an American jurist.
Born in Collinsville, Illinois, Harrison received his bachelor's degree from Colorado College and his law degree from Washington University School of Law. He practiced law and served on the Collinsville City Council. He also served as finance commissioner for Collinsville. In 1973, he was appointed Illinois circuit court judge and then in 1979 was appointed judge of the Illinois Appellate Court. In 1992, Harrison was elected to the Illinois Supreme Court and served as chief justice 2000-2002 before retiring. He died on April 25, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Personal life and EducationEdit
Harrison was born on March 30, 1932 in Collinsville, Ilinois to Clarence and Loretta Harrison. He attended Colorado College and Washington University School of Law, graduating in 1954 and 1958, respectively. In 1961 he married Sharon Phillips, with whom he had three children.
After graduating Harrison practiced law for about fifteen years in the state of Illinois. He was appointed to the position of Circuit Judge in 1973. An election was held for the position the following year, which Harrison won. He served as the Chief Judge of the Third Judicial Circuit in Edwardsville, Illinois until 1979, at which point Harrison was appointed to the Illinois Appellate Courts, remaining there until 1992, when he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Illinois. In 2000 Harrison became the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois, a position he held until his retirement in 2002.
Harrison was a member of the following organizations:
- American Bar Association
- Illinois Bar Association (Member of the Board of Governors)
- Metropolitan Bar Association of St. Louis
- Tri-City Bar Association
- Madison County Bar Association (President)
- Justinian Society of Lawyers
- Illinois Judges Association
- Collinsville Lions Club
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People