William Corwin Stuart
Born in Knoxville, Iowa, Stuart received a B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1941, and a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1942. He was a Lieutenant (j.g.) in the U.S. Naval Air Corps during World War II, from 1943 to 1945. He was in private 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 in 1962, serving until his appointment to the federal bench in 1971.
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 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.
Stuart died in Chariton, Iowa on August 12, 2010 at the age of 90.
- William Corwin Stuart at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.