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Ralph A. Oliver (1939-1962)

Chief Justice

Ralph A. Oliver

Justice Oliver served on the Iowa Supreme Court from December 14, 1938, when he was elected to complete the unexpired term of Justice James M. Parsons, until his resignation on September 30, 1962. He served for two terms as Chief Justice.

Born at Eddyville, Iowa, July 31, 1886. His father was John F. Oliver, a former Judge of the District Court. He was graduated from the Law Department of the University of Iowa in 1909. He entered upon the practice of law in South Dakota but soon thereafter moved to Sioux City. He served with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. He was City Counsel of Sioux City and Judge of the District Court of the Fourth Judicial District before his election to the Supreme Bench.

He died at Sioux City October 13, 1968.

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