Served on the Iowa Supreme Court from September 6, 1927, when he was appointed to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Justice Charles W. Vermilion, until December 31, 1932. For six months he was Chief Justice.
Born in Keokuk County, February 11, 1874, he was graduated from the Law Department of the University of Iowa in 1898. He engaged immediately in the private practice of law at Sigourney. For twenty years he accepted no public office unti11919 when he became a Judge of the District Court where he continued until coming on the Supreme Bench. After his retirement from the bench he returned to the private practice of law at Sigourney.
Justice Wagner died at Sigourney November 10, 1943