History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century/4/John C. Sherwin
JOHN C. SHERWIN was born at Berlin, Erie County, Ohio, February 8, 1851. His early education was acquired in the public schools and later he attended Ripon and Beloit colleges in Wisconsin. After leaving college be entered the Madison Law School from which he graduated in 1875. He removed to Mason City, Iowa, in 1876, where he entered upon the practice of his profession. He was mayor of that city in 1884-5, and the latter year was elected District Attorney of the Twelfth Judicial District. In September, 1888, he was appointed by the Governor to fill a vacancy as judge of the District Court and was continuously reëlected, serving until 1900 when he became a judge of the Supreme Court, having been elected on the Republican ticket.