Portrait Donation

Judge Calhoun Portrait

Mark Wenner, center, presenting a photo portrait of former St. Louis Circuit Judge John Calhoun to Judges Thomas Grady, left, and Philip Heagney, right.

Born in St. Louis in 1885, Calhoun graduated from Washington University Law School. He was Chief attorney for the St. Louis Bar Association’s Legal Aid Bureau and subsequently headed the City’s Municipal Legal Aid Bureau. Considered a scholar of the law and a friend of the poor, he was elected circuit judge for the City of St. Louis (then 8th Circuit) in November 1916 and re-elected in 1922. He and his wife, Margaret (Haase) Calhoun, had three daughters, Margaret Clara, Doris Carolyn, and Phyllis Susan, and made their home in the 3500 block of Longfellow Boulevard.

Wenner currently resides in Cuba, Mo., but formerly practiced law in St. Louis County. A former client was the sister of Judge Calhoun and asked that the portrait be donated to the court.