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Noble, Reuben 1821 - 1896


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 1/9/2015 at 12:08:07

Elgin Echo, Elgin, Iowa, Thur., 13 Aug. 1896.

Hon. Reuben Noble died Saturday, August 8, at McGregor, Iowa, at 1:15. He had been indisposed for the past week, but was out on the street talking with friends, and seemed to be better. He ate some dinner, and was sitting in a chair conversing with his wife when the end suddenly came. It was simply a case of the machinery of life giving out, and death followed. Judge Noble was one of the best known lawyers of Iowa. He was born in Adams county, Miss., April 14, 1821, and came to Clayton county in 184_, settling in what is now Garnavillo, then called Jacksonville. He soon took a front rank in his profession, and was a member of the Iowa legislature of '54 and '55, being speaker of the house. He was a candidate for congress in 18__, his successful competitor being Senator Allison. He served a term as district judge and was re-elected but resigned before his term expired. He was one of the most influential and best known democrats of the state and always took a deep interest in the success of his party. He was styled one of the "War Horses" of democracy and his opinions and assistance were much sought after.

He had a wide circle of acquaintances, and was well known to and by everybody in this part of Iowa. He was a man with a great fund of information, and was the most agreeable of companions. For many years he was associated in the law with Congressman Updegraff, of this district. It is a decided loss to the state of Iowa when such strong men as Judge Noble are taken away, for he certainly has been one of the builders of the state.

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Added by Joy Moore on 8/24/2017:

source: Iowa Plain Dealer August 11, 1896, FP, C4

Hon. Reuben Noble, of McGregor, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 1896, aged 75 years, 3 month and 24 days. He had been a resident of Clayton county 53 years. He had been district judge and member of the legislature as a republican, was speaker of the house in 1854 and 55 at the time the prohibitory liquor law was changed to get the German vote in wine and beer. As a railroad attorney he was democrat or republican as the railroad interests required, but always for the railroads.


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