Marc Griffin J.D.
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Marc Griffin J.D.

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Marc L. Griffin J.D.
Born 1950s.
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On the nomination of the Board of Commissioners of Johnson County, Indiana, he was appointed by Indiana Governor Otis R. Bowen on 19 February 1974, at the age of 17, as a Justice of the Peace to fill a vacancy of office in White River Township, Johnson County, Indiana.
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He became the youngest Justice of the Peace in the history of the United States. Guinness World Records has declared that he holds the record for being the world’s youngest judge. [1] [2] [3]

He adjudicated civil small claims cases such as debt collection, landlord-tenant issues, and property damage. On his criminal docket, he heard cases such as violations of motor vehicle laws, violations of disturbing the peace and minor property disputes. Often, he held peace bond hearings and issued peace bonds which are now known in modern-day as protective orders. Of course, he officiated at weddings. He was officiating at weddings before he was legally old enough to get married without parental consent.

His appointive term ended 31 December 1974. He won a contested primary and general election in 1974 to continue in an elective term.

Fourteen years after serving on the bench as a teenage judge, he started law school. Three years later, on 10 May 1992 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) by Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

On 14 June 1993 he was admitted to practice as a member of the bar of the Indiana Supreme Court. On 2 August 1996 has was duly admitted and qualified as an Attorney and Counsellor of the United States Supreme Court.

Category:Guinness World Record Holders

Category:United States, Justices of the Peace

Category: Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Category: Indiana, Attorneys


  • Guinness World Records - Youngest Judge[1]
  • American Bar Association Journal[2]
  • The Indiana Lawyer[3]

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Hi Marc,

Thanks for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz!

Pre-1700 ancestors can be shared by many descendants, so collaboration is essential. You can learn more about joining the community in How To #3 and in the Project FAQ.

The United States Project may fit your research focus. If not, use the Pre-1700 Projects list to find other possibilities. Review the project page to learn about resources and guidelines as well as how to collaborate with the project members.

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posted by David Selman
Hi Marc,

Thanks for having a big heart and adopting the Orphaned Profiles. This After Adopting Orphans FAQ explains the special attention adopted profiles will sometimes need.

Let me know if you have any questions on how to find and record sources, merge duplicates, clean up gedcom biographies, and interpret the Suggestions report. I'm here to help!


posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hi Marc

As you have been a member of WikiTree for a few weeks now, I thought I would check in to see how you are getting on with the site.

Has the New Member How-To been helpful, or left you with any questions?

I am here to help with any problems or queries you may have. To contact me, be sure to use the "reply" link below this comment so that I will be notified. You can also click my name to send a private message, or post a comment, on my profile page.

Sometimes links don't work in emails.  If that's happened to you, check the public comments on your profile. The links will work from there.

Thank you for adding your DNA Test to your profile on WikiTree. Getting Started with DNA will tell you more about how DNA kits are used on WikiTree.

DNA at WikiTree provides a visual way for you to find others who have tested and have the potential of having common ancestors. To get the best results, you need to start with yourself and add sourced profiles for your ancestors until you can connect to existing profiles in WikiTree. 24 hours later, your test will have populated on the profiles of your ancestors and their descendants, where others with potential matches may also appear.

Let me know if you have any questions, and have fun!

Wendy ~ WikiTree Greeter

PS One of our mentors created a tutorial for the GEDCOMpare process that others found very helpful. I hope that you will too.

Welcome back Marc!

I am happy to congratulate you for becoming a member of the WikiTree community! To help save you time, energy and frustration, please start with our New Member How-To pages.

Click the green Tag on your top right of your profile page and see others following the same things you are researching. The more Tags (20 is the maximum) you add that include locations, periods of history or other genealogical interests, the more links to the community research options.

Welcome to the WikiTree family! Please ask if you have any questions as I am always happy to help.

Cindy ~ WikiTree Greeter

PS If links do not work in an email from WikiTree, try them from the comment section of your profile page.

I see that you have also had DNA testing.

If you are interested, WikiTree has a special DNA Project. Information on WikiTree's projects may be accessed from the FIND link, at the top right of most WikiTree pages; select PROJECTS from the drop down box.

Contact Kitty Smith if you would like additional details about the DNA project. You might also like to search for discussions tagged with DNA in our forum, G2G.


posted by Carole Partridge
I see that you have uploaded a GEDCOM. Excellent!

Our GEDCOM process is a bit different than what you may be used to on other sites. But have no fear! We have some great help pages to make your experience go more smoothly:

If you have any questions about your GEDCOM or our process, you can contact our GEDCOM Manager for assistance.


posted by Carole Partridge
Hi Marc,

Welcome to WikiTree! The initial email from us has helpful links that will get you started on WikiTree, which is not like any genealogy site you’ve ever used. WikiTree is different because our goal is to have one profile per person, and that means we all work together as a BIG collaborative team!

What brings you to WikiTree? Do you have research you’d like to share? Are you interested in how your family fits into the big tree? When you confirm your email address, you’ll see a Volunteer option on your profile page. Click that and leave us a short message here on your profile about your genealogical interests. A Greeters Project volunteer will be happy to confirm your membership, and you’ll be on your way!

Welcome to the family! We’re really glad you’re here.

Have fun!

posted by Fred Adamson

Marc is 23 degrees from Alexandra Carter, 27 degrees from Alexis Clérel de Tocqueville and 19 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.