Senator John R. Hattery View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 3/13/1984
Birth Place: Collins, IA
Birth County: Story
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 49 (1941) - 50 (1943) - 54 (1951)
Home County: Story
John R. Hattery
Story County


MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character and public service of the late Honorable John R. Hattery, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

John R. Hattery was born on a farm near Collins in Story County, Iowa, to John and Margaret Hattery. Mr. Hattery passed away March 13, 1984, in Nevada, Iowa.

Mr. Hattery graduated from Collins High School with the class of 1914. He was Second Lieutenant serving in the Infantry during World War I from 1917-1918. On June 24, 1940, he was married at the Little Brown Church in Nashua to Gladys L. Hansen of Nevada.

Mr. Hattery was a practicing lawyer from 1939 to present and a life-long resident of Story County, except for the five year period he spent in Des Moines when he helped organize and was the first chief of the Iowa Highway Patrol.

He served as Story County sheriff from 1930-1935; 1949-1953 he was a member of the Iowa State Highway Commission; 1951-1955 member of the advisory board of the Iowa State Bar Foundation; 1960-1961 member of the Story County, Iowa State and the American Bar Association; 1947-1948 member of the American Judicature Society; and was the director of the General Telephone Company in Nevada for several years.

Mr. Hattery was active in many community affairs including the Rotary, the Masonic Lodge, the American Legion, the Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children, 4-H and he was a member of the United Methodist Church of Collins.

Senator Hattery served as a member of the Iowa Senate in the 49th and 50th General Assemblies (1941-1944), and the 53rd and 54th General Assemblies (1949-1952), from the 31st Senatorial District representing Boone and Story Counties.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE SEVENTIETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF IOWA: That in the passing of the Honorable John R. Hattery, the State has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and that the Senate, by this resolution, express its appreciation of his service to this community, state and nation and tenders its sympathy and kindest regards to members his family.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That a copy of this resolution be entered into the Journal of the Senate and that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to forward an enrolled copy to Mr. Hattery’s wife, Gladys, and son, John Robert Hattery.