S. Clinton Hastings (1848 - 1849)
Served on the Iowa
Supreme Court as Chief Justice for one year from January 26, 1848, to January
14, 1849, succeeding Justice Joseph Williams who then succeeded him.
Born in Jefferson County,
New York, in 1814. He came to Burlington in 1837 and was elected a member of
the House of Representatives of the First and Second Iowa Territorial General
Assemblies and a member of the Legislative Council of the Third, Fourth,
Seventh, and Eighth Territorial Assembles. Served one term as Speaker of the
House and one term as President of the Council, a position analogous to that
now held by the Lieutenant Governor. He was the first representative in the
Congress of the United States from the new State of Iowa.
Justice Hastings moved to
California in 1849, in which state he was elected Attorney General and later
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He established and endowed the Hastings Law
School at the University of California.
Justice Hastings died in
San Francisco in 1893.