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Biographies of Kenoshans in the Wisconsin Blue Book, 1901


Contributed by Tina S. Vickery 4/23/01
This biography appears on page 421 in
Wisconsin Blue Book (1901)
Compiled and Published under the direction of Wm. H. Froehlich, Secretary of State

JOSEPH VERY QUARLES (Rep.), of Milwaukee, was born at Kenosha, Wis. (then Southport), Dec. 16, 1843. In 1862 he entered the University of Michigan, but interrupted his course of study in the spring of 1864 to enter the army as private in the 39th Wisconsin volunteers. He was mustered out as First Lieutenant, Co. C, and returned to his studies, graduating in 1866. He then studied law, and in 1868 formed at Kenosha a partnership with Mr. 0. S. Head, one of the oldest and ablest practitioners of the state. Mr. Quarles was district attorney for Kenosha county for six years, mayor of Kenosha In 1876, member of the assembly in 1879, and state senator from 1880-1882. In the United States senatorial contest of 1881 Mr. Quarles received a very flattering vote, but insisted upon having his name withdrawn. At the expiration of his term of office be moved to Racine, Wis., where he entered into partnership with the present justice of the Supreme court, John B. Winslow. Six years later he made Milwaukee his home, and there organized the law firm of Quarles, Spence & Quarles, of which he is the senior member. Mr. Quarles was elected to the United States senate and entered upon his duties March 4, 1899.

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