Charles F. Wennerstrum (1941 - 1958)
Served on the Iowa
Supreme Court from January 1, 1941, until December 31, 1958. He served as Chief
Justice for two years.
Born at Cambridge,
Illinois, October 11, 1889. He was graduated from the College of Liberal Arts
of Drake University in 1912 and from the College of Law of the same institution
in 1914. He began the practice of law at Adel but moved to Chariton the
following year where he resided for many years. In 1916 he was elected County
Attorney of Lucas County, a position he held for three terms. He served as a
lieu- tenant during World War I. On July 10, 1930, he was appointed Judge for
the then Second Judicial District Court where he continued to serve until
coming on the Supreme Court bench. In 1935 he became a member of the Board of
Trustees of Drake University. From 1947-1948 he was a presiding judge at the
hostage case at the Nuremberg war crime trials.
After his retirement from
the bench, Justice Wennerstrum engaged in the private practice of law at Des
Moines. He died June 1, 1986, at age 96.