QUARLES, Joseph Very, (1843 - 1911)

Senate Years of Service: 1899-1905
Party: Republican

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

QUARLES, Joseph Very, a Senator from Wisconsin; born in Southport (now Kenosha), Kenosha County, Wis., December 16, 1843; attended the common schools and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; during the Civil War served in the Union Army in the Thirty-ninth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers, and was mustered out as first lieutenant; graduated from the University of Michigan in 1866 and from its law department in 1867; admitted to the bar in 1868 and commenced practice in Kenosha; district attorney for Kenosha County 1870-1876; mayor of Kenosha 1876; member, State assembly 1879; member, State senate 1880-1882; moved to Racine, Wis., and six years later made Milwaukee his home; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1899, to March 3, 1905; was not a candidate for reelection in 1905; chairman, Committee on Transportation Routes to the Seaboard (Fifty-sixth Congress), Committee on the Census (Fifty-seventh and Fifty-eighth Congresses); appointed United States district judge for the eastern district of Wisconsin by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905, and served until his death in Milwaukee, Wis., October 7, 1911; interment in the City Cemetery, Kenosha, Wis.