Robert W. Hansen
|Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court|
August 1, 1967 – July 31, 1977
|Preceded by||George R. Currie|
|Succeeded by||William G. Callow|
|Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge|
for the Milwaukee District, Branch 13
January 2, 1961 – August 1, 1967
|Preceded by||Position created|
|Succeeded by||Maurice Spracker|
Robert Wayne Hansen
April 29, 1911
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Died||June 9, 1997 (aged 86)|
Okauchee Lake, Wisconsin, U.S.
Dorothy (m. 1941–1997)
|Education||Marquette University Law School (JD)|
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Hansen graduated from Marquette University Law School in 1933. He was a devoted member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and served as the order's National President and editor of the order's national magazine.
In 1951, Hansen became chief examiner of the Milwaukee Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, and served in that role until he was appointed to the Milwaukee County District Court in 1954, by Governor Walter J. Kohler, Jr. He was elected in 1960 to the newly-created 13th Milwaukee county branch of the 2nd Circuit of Wisconsin Courts, defeating Irene Gyzinski. The 13th branch was created as the family court division in Milwaukee county. He served from 1961 to 1968, winning re-election 1965 without opposition.
Wisconsin Supreme Court
In 1967, he was elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, defeating the incumbent Chief Justice, George R. Currie. It was the first time that a sitting Wisconsin Chief Justice had been defeated for re-election. During the campaign, Hansen had pointed out that even if Currie had been re-elected, he would have to retire after two years due to the mandatory retirement law that was then in-effect for Wisconsin judges. Hansen served his ten year term and did not seek re-election, noting that the same mandatory retirement law would impact him in only a few years if he were re-elected. His term ended July 31, 1977.
Hansen and his wife Dorothy had four children. Justice Hansen died June 9, 1997.
Wisconsin Circuit Court (1960, 1965)
|Independent||Robert W. Hansen||220,095||79.08%|
|Independent||Irene F. Gyzinski||58,231||20.92%|
|Independent||Robert W. Hansen (incumbent)||104,455||100.0%|
Wisconsin Supreme Court (1967)
|Independent||Robert W. Hansen||479,117||55.94%|
|Independent||George R. Currie (incumbent)||377,426||44.06%|
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- Justice Robert Hansen-Wisconsin Supreme Court Archived 2010-06-09 at the Wayback Machine
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- Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. "Elections in Wisconsin". The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1968 (Report). State of Wisconsin. p. 757. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
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