The firm of Stapleton & Stapleton is one of the best known in legal circles in Marengo and the high reputation
which it enjoys is due in no small measure to the ability and integrity of Thomas Stapleton, who was born in Bloomington,
Illinois, on the 24th of May, 1854. His parents removed to Iowa when he was but fifteen months old and his life
has since been passed in this state. His professional work was done in the college of law of the State University
of Iowa, from which he received his LL. B. degree. In June, 1878, he was admitted to the bar and has since been
engaged in the practice of his profession. In February, 1879, he located in Iowa City, where he remained until
April, 1880, when he came to Marengo. For thirty five years he has been a member of the bar of this place and he
has appeared as counsel in most of the important litigation in the courts of this district. The painstaking study
which he makes of all of his cases, preparing for every possible contingency, is an important factor in the success
which he has gained in court, as the records show that there have been a large percentage of decisions in his favor.
He is not only a lawyer of marked ability, but he is also very conscientious and is known for his integrity and
high sense of honor. He is a member of the firm of Stapleton & Stapleton, which has the respect both of the
bar and of the general public.
On the 27th of January, 1880, Mr. Stapleton was united in marriage with Miss Sabina Rieley, whose birth occurred
in Wheeling, West Virginia. They are the parents of three living children: J. E., who is his father's law partner;
Helen, the wife of L. E. Stockdaie, of Parsons, Kansas; and Irene, a student at the State University of Iowa. J.
C. R., a son, has passed away.
Mr. Stapleton has been very active in democratic circles in the county and state and served as prosecuting attorney
of Iowa county from January I, 1887, to January 1, 1891. In 1896 he was presidential elector on the democratic
ticket and in 1902, he was his party's nominee for judge of the supreme court. He is a member of Iowa City Lodge,
No. 590, B. P. O. E., and in religious faith is a Catholic. The greater part of his time and attention has always
been given to his practice and he has represented a number of banks and corporations as attorney and also as director.
The success that he has gained is fully deserved as it is the direct result of his ability, thorough training and
close application to the matter in hand.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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