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Oscar Hale (1939-1950)

Chief Justice

Oscar Hale

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 Attorney.

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 Burlington.

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