Jackson County

Biography - Isaac K. Levy

ISAAC K. LEVY. The ability and sterling character of Isaac K. Levy have given him distinctive prestige as one of the representative members of the bar of his native city and county, and he is engaged in the active practice of law at Murphysboro, the judicial center of Jackson county. His popularity in his home community has been further shown by his having been called upon to serve in the office of state's attorney of Jackson county, in which office his administration has added materially to his professional reputation and proved of marked value to the county.

Isaac K. Levy was born at Murphysboro, on the 1st day of February, 1878, and is a son of Abraham and Pauline (Rittenburg) Levy, who have here maintained their home since 1875, the father having been for many years one of the representative merchants and highly esteemed citizens of this thriving little city. He whose name initiates this review is indebted to the public schools of his native city for his early education, which included the curriculum of the high school, and in preparing himself for his chosen profession he here studied law under effective private preceptorship. He continued a student in the office of one of the leading law firms of Murphysboro until he proved himself eligible for the bar, to which he was admitted in 1899. He has since given his attention to the practice of his profession in Murphysboro and his technical powers and his close application have combined with his personal popularity in enabling him to build up a substantial and representative practice, in connection with which he has been concerned in a number of specially important litigations. In 1908 he was elected state's attorney of Jackson county, and his incumbency of this office continued until 1912. His regime was marked by scrupulous and effective service in conserving the interests of the people of the county, and he showed equal facility in the handling of criminal and civil cases. He is a close student and never presents a cause before court or jury without careful preparation. He takes a lively interest in all that touches the welfare of his home city and county, and is known as a progressive and public-spirited citizen. He is a member of the directorate of the Citizens' State and Savings Bank, one of the staunch financial institutions of Southern Illinois. He is unswerving in his allegiance to the Republican party, in behalf of whose cause he has given effectual service, and he is affiliated with the local organizations of the Masonic fraternity, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America. He and his wife are factors in the social activities of their home city.

On the 29th of June, 1902, Mr. Levy was united in marriage to Miss Lillian Hanks, who was born and reared in Jackson county and who is a daughter of James Hanks, one of the representative farmers of the county. Her paternal grandfather was one of the honored pioneers of this section of the state and served at one time as sheriff of Jackson county. Mr. and Mrs. Levy have two children, Constance and Jessie Virginia.

Extracted from 1912 A History of Southern Illinois, volume 2, pages 568-569.

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