Iowa Supreme Court Justices
Supreme Court Justices
1) William D.
Evans; 2) Edgar A. Morling; 3) F. F. Faville; 4)
Charles W. Vermillion; 5) Elma G. Albert; 6) Lawrence
DeGraff; 7) James W. Kindig; 8) Truman S. Stevens
EVANS, William D.
--Judge of the Supreme Court, was born in Marquette county, Wis. 1852. In 1858
he came with his parents to Williamsburg, Iowa. Here he attended the public
schools. In 1873 he entered the state university. While a student at the
university he taught school and was an instructor in a number of teachers'
institutes during vacation. He graduated from the liberal arts course of the
university in 1878 and the following year took the law course from which he
graduated in 1879. Following his admittance to the bar in 1879, he located at
Hampton. In 1902 he was elected judge of the district court for the eleventh
judicial district. During the year 1907-8 he was law lecturer at the state
university. In September, 1908, he was nominated for judge of the supreme curt
by the republican state convention to fill a vacancy occasioned by the death of
Charles A. Bishop. He was elected at the general election and by reason of
statute served as chief justice of the supreme court in 1909, 1916, 1921, 1922
and 1927. Was re-elected in 1910, again in 1916. He is a republican in politics.
MORLING, Edgar A. --Judge of the Supreme Court, was born at
Boonville, New York, April 21, 1864. Graduated Albany Law school and admitted to
the bar at Albany, New York, 1886. Practiced one year in New York state. From
1887 to 1889, engaged in legal editorial work at St. Paul, Minnesota. Came to
Emmetsburg, Iowa, in 1889, and has ever since resided there, engaged in the
practice of law until appointed to office of justice supreme curt October 1,
1925 by Governor Hammill. Elected 1926 to fill balance of term of the late
Justice Arthur. Married 1888 to Flora B. Tripp, who died October 6, 1920. Four
children, William E. Morling (died October 29, 1926), Mrs. Ruth M. Shover, Max
M. and Maynard A. Morling.
FAVILLE, Frederick F. --Judge of the Supreme Court, was born on
a farm in Mitchell county, Iowa. He attended the public schools at Mitchell,
Iowa, and later the Cedar Valley seminary at Osage, Iowa. He attended Iowa state
college at Ames, from which he graduated with the degree of bachelor of science.
He attended the law department of the university of Maryland at Baltimore and
completed his course in law at the state university of Iowa in 1891. After being
admitted to the bar, he began the practice of law at Sioux Rapids, Iowa, and
moved from there to Storm Lake in 1895. He served two terms as county attorney
of Buena Vista county. He was presidential elector from the eleventh
congressional district in 1904. In 1907 he was appointed by President Roosevelt
as United States attorney for the northern district of Iowa, and served in that
office over six years. In 1918 he moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa, and continued the
practice of law. In 1920 he was elected to the supreme bench, and re-elected in
1926. By reason of statute chief justice in 1925. Republican in politics.
VERMILION, Charles W. --Judge of the Supreme Court, was born at
Centerville, Iowa, November 6, 1866, son of the late W.F. Vermilion and Mary A.C.
(Kemper) Vermilion. Married Clara Eloise Biddle June 2, 1897. Attended De Paul
university, and graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan
in 1889. Upon graduation, entered the practice at Centerville, with his father.
Elected county attorney of Appanoose county in 1892, re-elected in 1894.
Appointed to the district bench of the second judicial district by Governor
Leslie M. Shaw January 1, 1902, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation
of Hon. T.M. Fee. Remained in that position until appointed by Governor Nathan
E. Kendall, November 15, 1923, to fill the vacancy on the supreme curt caused by
the death of Hon. Silas M. Weaver. Elected to fill the unexpired portion of that
term in 1924. Re-elected for full term in 1926.
ALBERT, Elma G. --Judge of the Supreme Court, was born June 5,
1866, near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; came to Iowa in 1870. Graduated from the
law department of Drake University in June, 1891, and entered upon the practice
of law. County attorney of Greene county, Iowa, for six years commencing January
1, 1900. District judge of the 16 judicial district from January 1, 1915, until
elected to supreme bench in November, 1924.
DE GRAFF, Lawrence --Judge of the Supreme Court, was born at
Apple River, Illinois, June , 1871. Educated at Morgan Park academy, Dixon
College (A.B.) University of Chicago (Ph.D.), Northern Illinois college of law (LL.M.).
Began the practice of law in Chicago, and removed to Des Moines in 1898 as
secretary and instructor in the Highland Park college of law, and entered upon
the practice in Des Moines with the firm of Miller, Wallingofrd and De Graff.
First assistant attorney general of Iowa under Hon. Chas. W. Mullan, 1904-1907.
County attorney, Polk county, Iowa, 1907-1910. District judge, ninth judicial
district, 1910-1921. elected justice of the supreme court 1920; re-elected
second term 1926. Married Grace L. Clark August 4, 1901; two children, Lawrence
Jr., age 17, and Barbara, age 11. Author of several legal textbooks, Republican
in Politics. Resides at 4920 Country Club boulevard, Des Moines, Iowa.
KINDIG, James W. --Judge of Supreme Court. Born at Welton,
Clinton county, Iowa, December 3, 1879. Moved to Woodbury county with his
parents in March, 1887, and attended the public schools. Graduated from
Morningside Academy in 1902, and received the degree of A.B. from Morningside
college in 1906, and the degree of LL.B. from the University of Washington in
1907. Entered the practice of law at Sioux City in June, 1907. Was assistant
county attorney of Woodbury county and advisor of the board of supervisors from
January 1, 1915, until August 1, 1917. Was assistant attorney general of Iowa
under Hon. H.M. Havner in 1917 and 1918, and then again entered the general
practice of law in Sioux City. Was appointed justice of the supreme court April
19, 1927. Married Gertrude Crossan September 3, 1908. Has two children, Burdette
and Lowell. Republican in politics.
STEVENS, Truman S. --Judge of the Supreme Court, was born in
Tama county, Iowa, in 1868. Attended the public schools, the Guthrie county high
school; graduated from the law department of the state university and in 1892
located at Hamburg, Fremont county, where he still resides. Was appointed judge
of the fifteenth judicial district February 1, 1917, and to the supreme court
May, 1917. Was elected to said office in 1918 and re-elected in 1922. Has held
no other public office except that of county attorney of Fremont county for one
term. Was married in 1893 to Miss Cora Patterson. They had one daughter born to
them, Velma, who died December 14, 1910, at the age of thirteen.