JOHN S. WOOLSON was born on the 6th of December, 1840, at Tonawanda, Erie
County, New York. He was the son of T. W. Woolson who became a distinguished
member of the Iowa State Senate in the Eleventh and Twelfth General Assemblies.
Teh son received his education in the public schools, at Wilson Collegiate
Institute, New York and at Mount Pleasant Wesleyan College in Iowa, receiving the
degree of LL. D. In March, 1862, he received the appointment of assistant
paymaster law at Mount Pleasant, was admitted to the bar and at once began
practice. *in the navy, serving in that capacity to the close of the war. He
studied In 1875 he was elected to the State Senate on the Republican ticket and
served in that body by reelections for twelve years, retiring in 1891 when he
was appointed by president Harrison Judge of the United States District Court
for southern Iowa. He held this position to the time of his death which
occurred on the 4th of December, 1899, at his home in Des Moines. He was a
lifelong Republican and a citizen and public official of the highest character.
*The above bio was typed as is in the book.
Debbie Clough Gerischer
Iowa Gen Web, Assistant CC, Scott County
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