Courtland C. Gillen

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Courtland Craig Gillen (July 3, 1880 – September 1, 1954) was an American lawyer and jurist who served one term as a U.S. Representative from Indiana from 1931 to 1933.


Born in Roachdale, Indiana, Gillen attended the rural schools. After graduating from Fincastle High School in 1897, he became a high school teacher for five years. From 1901-1903, he attended De Pauw University at Greencastle, Indiana and later graduated from the law of department of the predecessor of what is now known as the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1905.

In 1904 he was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Greencastle, Indiana. He later served as county attorney from 1909-1914, and as a prosecuting attorney of the sixty-fourth judicial circuit in 1917 and 1918. He also served as delegate to the Democratic State convention in 1924.


Gillen was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second Congress (March 4, 1931 – March 3, 1933). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1932.

Later career and death

Gillen was elected judge of the sixty-fourth judicial circuit (Putnam Circuit Court) in 1934 and served from January 1, 1935, until his resignation on April 15, 1939.

He resumed the private practice of law.

He died in Greencastle, Indiana, September 1, 1954. He was interred in Forest Hill Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Courtland C. Gillen (id: G000193)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
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