Oscar Hale (1939 - 1950)
Served on the Iowa
Supreme Court from January 1, 1939, following his election until his death
December 9, 1950. He was Chief Justice for a period of fifteen months.
Born at Wapello, Iowa,
February 27, 1867. He attended the local public school and took his college
course at Valparaiso, Indiana. After graduation there he spent several years in
Kansas as a teacher and superintendent of schools. Thereafter he attended the
Law School of the University of Iowa and in 1894 was admitted to the Iowa Bar.
He held various local offices in Louisa County, including two terms as County
In 1913 he was appointed
Judge of the District Court where he continued to serve for over twenty-five
years until his election to the Supreme Court.
Justice Hale died at