Served on the Iowa Supreme Court from January 1, 1898, until he resigned June 18, 1902.
Born at Frankfort, Kentucky, January 5, 1847. In 1854 the family located at Davenport, but not long thereafter moved to Ohio. After graduating from an academy in Frankfort, he returned to Davenport and read law in a private law office. He was admitted to the bar in 1871, and in 1877 was elected to membership in the House of Representatives of the Seventeenth General Assembly. In 1887 he was appointed to fill a vacancy in the District Court, where he continued to serve until 1898, having been elected the previous year to membership on the Supreme Court. In 1902 he resigned from the court and formed a partnership with Joe R. Lane for the private practice of law in Davenport.
Justice Waterman died in Davenport January 28, 1924.