Harlow South Orton
  • Madison's 15th Mayor 1877 78
  • Lived: Nov 23, 1817 Jul 4, 1895
  • Buried: Forest Hill, Madison, WI
  • The former Village Cemetery land was renamed Orton Park in his honor on May 15, 1883.
  • In 1852 set up a law practice in Madison.
  • Private secretary and legal adviser to Governor Leonard J. Farwell (1852-1854).
  • In 1854 Orton switched his allegiance from the Whig to the Democratic party, and in 1855 was one of the attorneys for William A. Barstow (q.v.) in litigation growing out of the contested Barstow-Bashford gubernatorial election. Orton was an independent Democratic state assemblyman (1854, 1859, 1871), and from 1859 until his resignation in 1865 served as circuit court judge of the 9th judicial district.
  • Dean of the Univ. of Wisconsin law school (1869-1874), senior member of the law firm of Orton, Keyes and Chynoweth (1870-1878), and a member of the commission that compiled the Revised Statutes of the State of Wisconsin (1878).
  • In 1878 when the state supreme court was expanded, Orton was elected to one of the new judgeships. He served on the high court bench from Apr., 1878, until his death.
  • In 1894 he became chief justice (ex officio) of the court.