ROBERT SLOAN is a native of Ohio, where he was born October 21, 1835. At eighteen years of age he came to Iowa with his parents, having been reared on a farm. His educational advantages were meager, being confined to the district schools and one year in the New Lisbon High School. After coming to Iowa he taught school until 1860 when he enter the law office of Judge George G. Wright at Keosauqua. So rapidly did advance in his studies that he was admitted to the bar the following year. Mr. Sloan was in 1868 chosen Judge of the Circuit Court of the Second Judicial District, serving twelve years. In 1894 he was elected Judge of the District Court, and has been repeatedly reëlected, still holding that position.