R. Eugene Pincham

Politician, Deceased Person

1925 – 2008


Who was R. Eugene Pincham?

R. Eugene Pincham was a pioneering African American civil rights attorney, judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, justice of the Appellate Court of Illinois, and ardent critic of the U.S. criminal justice system. Known for his enrapturing oratory which drew on his own personal struggles and those of African Americans, and his tireless advocacy on behalf of those who could less speak for themselves, he was regarded by many in Illinois and particularly the African American community, as a political and legal icon, and held as a role model by both blacks and whites who came behind him.

A member of the American Civil Liberties Union and a lifetime member of the NAACP, the semi-retired Pincham lectured and instructed in trial and appellate techniques and advocacy. He received numerous awards for his professional and community service and activism.

R. Eugene died of complications from lung and brain cancer.

The funeral was held in private at the South Side church, and culminated in remarks by Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.

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Jun 28, 1925
Also known as
  • E. Eugene Pincham
  • African American
  • United States of America
  • Northwestern University
Apr 3, 2008

on July 23, 2013


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