Joseph V. Quarles
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin|
March 6, 1905 - October 7, 1911
|William Henry Seaman|
|Ferdinand August Geiger|
|United States Senator|
March 4, 1899 - March 3, 1905
|John L. Mitchell|
|Robert M. La Follette|
Joseph Very Quarles Jr.
December 16, 1843
Kenosha, Wisconsin Territory
|Died||October 7, 1911 (aged 67)|
|Resting place||City Cemetery|
|Education||University of Michigan (A.B.)|
University of Michigan Law School (LL.B.)
Joseph Very Quarles Jr. (December 16, 1843 - October 7, 1911) was a United States Senator from Wisconsin and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
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.
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.
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.