William Corwin Stuart

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William Corwin Stuart
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
In office
April 30, 1986 – August 12, 2010
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
In office
1977–1985
Preceded byWilliam Cook Hanson
Succeeded byHarold Duane Vietor
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
In office
November 1, 1971 – April 30, 1986
Appointed byRichard Nixon
Preceded byRoy Laverne Stephenson
Succeeded byCharles Robert Wolle
Personal details
Born
William Corwin Stuart

(1920-04-28)April 28, 1920
Knoxville, Iowa, U.S.
DiedAugust 12, 2010(2010-08-12) (aged 90)
Chariton, Iowa, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Iowa (BA, JD)
Military service
Branch/service United States Navy
Battles/warsWorld War II

William Corwin Stuart (April 28, 1920 – August 12, 2010) was an American attorney, politician, and jurist who served as a Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, and United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Knoxville, Iowa, Stuart received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1941, followed by a Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1942. He was a Lieutenant in the United States Naval Air Corps during World War II, serving from 1943 to 1945.

Career[edit]

Stuart operated a private legal practice in Chariton, Iowa from 1946 to 1962, serving as a city attorney of Chariton from 1947 to 1949. He was a member of the Iowa Senate from 1953 to 1961. He became a justice of the Iowa Supreme Court on October 15, 1962, serving until he resigned November 8, 1971, following his appointment to the federal bench.[1]

On October 13, 1971, Stuart was nominated by President Richard Nixon to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa vacated by Judge Roy Laverne Stephenson. Stuart was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 28, 1971, and received his commission on November 1, 1971. He served as Chief Judge from 1977 to 1985, assuming senior status on April 30, 1986.

Death[edit]

Stuart died in Chariton on August 12, 2010 at the age of 90.[1]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Ralph A. Oliver
Associate Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court
1962–1971
Succeeded by
K. David Harris
Preceded by
Roy Laverne Stephenson
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
1971–1986
Succeeded by
Charles Robert Wolle
Preceded by
William Cook Hanson
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
1977–1985
Succeeded by
Harold Duane Vietor