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Roderick Rose

District Court Judge

Elected in 1889

Judge Rose was born in Smiths Falls, Canada, May 15, 1838. He moved with his parents to Woodstock, Canada, where he received his education. In 1858 he moved to Iowa where he was principal of the Montezuma and Davenport schools for twelve years. He was admitted to the bar at Davenport, Iowa in 1871; practiced law in Davenport; served three terms as mayor of that city before coming to Jamestown, North Dakota in 1882. He continued to practice law until 1888, when he was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Territory of Dakota by President Cleveland. After statehood he was elected Judge of the Fifth Judicial District, serving through 1896. In 1900 he was elected State's Attorney of Stutsman County and served in that capacity until his death on September 10, 1903.