Robert L. Larson (1953 - 1971)
Served on the Iowa
Supreme Court from February 9, 1953, when he was appointed to fill the vacancy
occasioned by the resignation of Justice Mantz, until he resigned April 1,
1971. After previously serving a six-month term as Chief Justice, he became the
first "permanent" Chief Justice from 1959 to 1961.
Born at Fairfield, Iowa,
September 20, 1898. He received his undergraduate degree from Parsons College
at Fairfield. After commencing his legal education at the University of Chicago,
he graduated from the University of Iowa. During World War I he served with the
United States Navy. Later he taught public school at Wapello and Anamosa, Iowa.
He was the Solicitor for Iowa City from 1937 to 1941 and an Assistant State
Attorney General from 1943 to 1947. In that year he was appointed Iowa Attorney
General to fill the unexpired term of the late John M. Rankin. In 1948 he was
elected to that office in his own right and thereafter re-elected in 1950 and
Justice Larson died on October