Austin Adams (1876
Served on the Iowa Supreme Court
from January 1, 1876, to December 31, 1887. For four years he was Chief
Born in Windsor County,
Vermont, in 1826, he belonged collaterally to the same family as did Samuel
Adams, of Revolutionary War fame. His uncle, Alvin Adams, was the organizer of
the Adams Express Company. He was graduated from Dartmouth college and later
from the Harvard Law School. In 1854 he came to Dubuque where he began the
practice of law.
He had been for some
years a professor before coming to the bar. In one way or another he was
constantly engaged in educational work and for many years was a regent of the
State University of Iowa.
Justice Adams died in
Dubuque in 1890.