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U.S. District Court in Iowa

U.S. District Judges for Iowa, 1847-82 (may be incomplete!)
John James Dyer 1847-55 James M. Love 1855-82

Officeholding Events (may be incomplete!)

  • 1855 Sep 14: John James Dyer, died in office.

    U.S. District Judges for the Northern District of Iowa, 1882-2017 (may be incomplete!)
    Oliver Perry Shiras 1882-1903 Henry T. Reed 1900 George C. Scott 1922-43 Henry N. Graven 1944- Edward J. McManus 1962-85 William Cook Hanson 1962-77 David Rasmussen Hansen 1986-91 Michael Joseph Melloy 1992-2002 Mark W. Bennett 1994- Linda R. Reade 2002- Leonard Terry Strand 2016-

    Officeholding Events (may be incomplete!)

  • 1903 Nov 1: Oliver Perry Shiras, retired.
  • 1943 Nov 1: George C. Scott, took senior status.
  • 1977 Aug 15: William Cook Hanson, took senior status.
  • 1985 Feb 9: Edward J. McManus, took senior status.

    U.S. District Judges for the Southern District of Iowa, 1882-2017 (may be incomplete!)
    James M. Love 1882-91 John Simson Woolson 1891-99 Smith McPherson 1900-15 Martin J. Wade 1915-31 Charles A. Dewey 1928-49 Carroll O. Switzer 1949-50 William F. Riley 1950- Edwin Richley Hicklin 1957-60 Roy L. Stephenson 1960-71 William Cook Hanson 1962-77 William C. Stuart 1971-86 Harold Duane Vietor 1979-96 Charles R. Wolle 1987-2001 Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger 2016-

    Officeholding Events (may be incomplete!)

  • 1891 Jul 2: James M. Love, died in office.
  • 1899 Dec 4: John Simson Woolson, died in office.
  • 1915 Jan 17: Smith McPherson, died in office.
  • 1931 Apr 16: Martin J. Wade, died in office.
  • 1949 Mar 1: Charles A. Dewey, took senior status.
  • 1960 Jan 27: Edwin Richley Hicklin, took senior status.
  • 1977 Aug 15: William Cook Hanson, took senior status.
  • 1986 Apr 30: William C. Stuart, took senior status.
  • 1996 Dec 29: Harold Duane Vietor, took senior status.
  • 2001 Oct 16: Charles R. Wolle, took senior status.
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