Joseph R. Reed (1884 - 1889)
Served on the Iowa
Supreme Court from January 1, 1884, until he resigned February 28, 1889. He had
been Chief Justice for two months when he resigned.
Born in Ashland County,
Ohio, March 12, 1835. He came to Iowa in 1857, taught a country school, later
locating at Adel in Dallas County. In 1859 he was admitted to the Iowa bar.
Served as a captain of artillery during the Civil War, after which he was
elected to membership in the Senate of the Eleventh and Twelfth General Assemblies.
Not long after his service in the legislature he moved to Council Bluffs where
he became a Judge of the District Court in 1872. In 1883 he was elected to the
Supreme Court and while yet a member of the court he was elected to Congress in
1888. He resigned from Congress in 1891 upon his appointment by the president
as Chief Justice of the court of Private Land Claims, a court which exposed and
invalidated spurious land grant claims in New Mexico and Arizona.
Justice Reed died in
Council Bluffs April 2, 1925.