Leslie M. Shaw

Leslie M. Shaw, sixteenth Governor of Iowa, was born in Morristown, Vermont, November 2, 1848, was reared on a farm and attended the Academy of Morrisville.

He came to Iowa in 1869 and entered Cornell College at Mount Vernon, from which he graduated in 1874. Mr. Shaw was dependent upon his own exertions for the means to defray his expenses while attending the Iowa College of Law. These he met by work in the harvest field, teaching and selling nursery stock.

In 1876 he located at Denison in Crawford County and began the practice of law. He was a hard worker and soon won a prominent position at the bar. Mr. Shaw began the accumulation of a library and in time possessed one of the best collections of law books in the State. He was a liberal contributor to the establishment of the Academy and Normal School at Denison, engaged in banking and became president of a bank at Denison and also at Manilla.

In the presidential campaign of 1896, Mr. Shaw for the first time took an active part in politics and in the discussion of the money issue he made able arguments for the gold standard which attracted attention and gave him a State-wide reputation as an effective public speaker.

In 1897 he was nominated by the Republican State Convention for Governor and after a spirited canvass was elected by a majority of over 11,000. Two years later he was reflected by a majority of more than 44,000.

In 1893 he was president of the Sound Money Convention at Indianapolis, where his speech was considered an able defense of the gold standard.

Upon the expiration of his second term in January, 1902, Governor Shaw was appointed by President Roosevelt Secretary of the Treasury.

(History of Iowa from the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, 1903)
Submitted By: Cathy Danielson

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Leslie Mortier Shaw was born in Morristown, Vermont, November 2, 1848. He received his early education in the common schools and academy in Vermont. He moved to Iowa in 1869 and in 1874 graduated from Cornell college, Mt. Vernon, Iowa.

In 1876 he graduated from the Iowa College of Law, located in Denison and combined the practice of law with an extensive loan business.

He was elected governor of lowa on the Republican ticket in 1897, and served for two terms. He was chairman of the sound money convention which convened in Indianapolis in 1898.

At the expiration of his second term as governor, in 1902, he was appointed secretary of the treasury by President Roosevelt and held that position until 1907.

Annals of Iowa, 1915
Submitted by Cathy Danielson

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Leslie Mortier Shaw was born in Morristown, Vermont, on November 2, 1848. During boyhood he lived on a farm. In 1869 he came to Iowa. Here he worked on a farm, taught school, sold fruit trees, and found time to attend college.

Mr. Shaw graduated from Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, in 1874. Then he attended the Iowa College of Law, in 1876 graduated therefrom and began the practice of law at Denison, Iowa. Later he became president of the Bank of Denison. The only office which he held before his election to the office of Governor of Iowa was that of School Director.

In 1897 Mr. Shaw was elected to the office of Governor of Iowa by the Republican party. Two years later he was reelected, doubling his plurality and multiplying his majority by four. At the close of his second term in 1902 he was appointed by President Roosevelt to fill the office of Secretary of the United States Treasury, which position he occupies at this time.

(The Messages and Proclamations of the Governors of Iowa, 1905)


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