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Joseph V. Quarles
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Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
In office
March 6, 1905 – October 7, 1911
Appointed by Theodore Roosevelt
Preceded by William Henry Seaman
Succeeded by Ferdinand August Geiger
United States Senator
from Wisconsin
In office
March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1905
Preceded by John L. Mitchell
Succeeded by Robert M. La Follette
20th Mayor of Kenosha, Wisconsin
In office
April 1876 – April 1877
Preceded by Otis G. King
Succeeded by Asahel Farr
Personal details
Joseph Very Quarles, Jr.

(1843-12-16)December 16, 1843
Southport, Wisconsin Territory
Died October 7, 1911(1911-10-07) (aged 67)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Resting place City Cemetery
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Political party Republican
  • Caroline Adelaide Saunders
  • (died 1918)
  • William Charles Quarles
  • (b. 1870; died 1939)
  • Joseph Very Quarles
  • (b. 1874; died 1946)
  • Edward Louis Quarles
  • (b. 1876; died 1941)
Mother Caroline (Bullen) Quarles
Father Joseph V. Quarles
Education University of Michigan (A.B.)
University of Michigan Law School (LL.B.)
Profession lawyer, judge
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1864–1865
Rank Union army 1st lt rank insignia.jpg 1st Lieutenant
Unit 39th Reg. Wis. Vol. Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War

Joseph Very Quarles Jr. (December 16, 1843 – October 7, 1911) was a United States Senator from Wisconsin and a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Earlier, he was the 20th Mayor of Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Education and career

Born on December 16, 1843, in Kenosha (then Southport), Wisconsin Territory (State of Wisconsin from May 29, 1848), Quarles attended the common schools, then received an Artium Baccalaureus degree in 1866 from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Laws in 1867 from the University of Michigan Law School. During the American Civil War, Quarles served in the Union Army in the Thirty-ninth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers, and was mustered out as first lieutenant. He was admitted to the bar and entered private practice in Kenosha from 1868 to 1882. He was the district attorney for Kenosha County, Wisconsin from 1870 to 1876. He was the Mayor of Kenosha in 1876. He was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1879. He was a member of the Wisconsin State Senate from 1880 to 1882. He resumed private practice in Racine, Wisconsin from 1882 to 1888, and in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1888 to 1899.

Congressional service

Joseph Quarles

Quarles was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1899, to March 3, 1905. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1905. He was Chairman of the Committee on Transportation Routes to the Seaboard for the 56th United States Congress and Chairman of the Committee on the Census for the 57th and 58th United States Congresses.

Federal judicial service

Quarles was nominated by President Theodore Roosevelt on March 6, 1905, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin vacated by Judge William Henry Seaman. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 6, 1905, and received his commission the same day. His service terminated on October 7, 1911, due to his death in Milwaukee. He was interred in the City Cemetery in Kenosha.


Quarles had one brother, Charles, who would become his law partner.

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