Ralph P. Lowe (1860 - 1867)
Served on the Iowa
Supreme Court from January 12, 1860 to December 31, 1867. For four years he was
Born November 27, 1805 in
Warren County, Ohio. He came to Muscatine, then known as Bloomington, in 1838,
He was a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1844 where he took a
prominent part and exercised a controlling influence. He later moved to Lee
County where he was elected Judge of the District Court to succeed George H.
Williams who later became Attorney General of the United States. He was
District Judge for five years.
Justice Lowe is perhaps
better known in Iowa history as Governor, being the only member of the Supreme
Court in its entire history to achieve that distinction. He succeeded Governor
Grimes and held the office for two years. The Indian disturbances in northern
Iowa occurred during his term.
He was an active
supporter of legislation for the advancement of public schools and an organizer
of the State Orphan Asylum.
He moved to Washington,
D,C., in 1874, where he died December 22, 1883.