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Edward Holcomb Stiles

Edward Holcomb Stiles, lawyer and legal author, was born October 8, 1836, in Granby, Connecticut, of an Anglo-Saxon ancestry that has been traced back to the time of the Conquest.

     Before the war Judge Stiles, a young man just beginning his career, located at Ottumwa, Ia.  He was twenty years old when he landed there by stage in 1856.  The following year he was admitted to the bar, and formed a partnership with his preceptor, Colonel S. W. Summers, of Ottumwa.  In 1864 he was elected to the Iowa Legislature and the following year to the State Senate, resigning his seat there to accept the position of reporter of decisions of the Iowa Supreme Court.  In 1883 Mr. Stiles was the Republican candidate for Congress in his district.  As a law-writer and compiler, Mr. Stiles has an established reputation.

     In 1886 Mr. Stiles moved to Kansas City, and in 1892 was appointed Master of Chancery of the United States Circuit Court for the Western District of Missouri, a position he still holds.

     Mr. Stiles was married September 19, 1861, to Miss Emma M. Vernon, of Chester County, Pennsylvania.  Six children were born to them, four of whom are living.
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