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Silas M. Weaver (1902-1923)

Chief Justice

Silas M. Weaver

Served on the Iowa Supreme Court from January 1, 1902, until his death November 6, 1923. For three years he was Chief Justice.

Born at Arkwright, Chautauqua County, New York, December 18, 1843. He acquired his education at Fredonia Academy, New York, was admitted to the bar at Buffalo in 1868, and in the same year came to Iowa and began the practice of law at Iowa Falls. He was a member of the House of Representatives in the Twentieth and Twenty-first General Assemblies. In 1886 he began his judicial career as Judge of the District Court, where he served until 1902, and for the next twenty-two years he continued as Justice of the Supreme Court. His written opinions while on the court are characterized by the felicity of expression and fine judicial humor. (See 116 Iowa 457.)

Justice Weaver died at Iowa Falls where he had maintained his home for more than fifty years.

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