Iowa Lieutenant Governor Biographies

Henry C. Bulis

HENRY C. BULIS was born in Clinton County, New York, November 7, 1830. His father removed to Vermont and settled on a farm where Henry lived until twenty-one years of age, assisting at farm work during the summers and attending district school during the winter months. He taught school several terms and attended medical lectures, taking a degree at a medical college in Philadelphia in 1854.

In October of that year he came to Iowa, locating at Decorah, where he entered upon the practice of medicine. In 1858 he was elected superintendent of schools. In the fall of 1865 he was nominated by the Republicans for the State Senate and elected for four years. In that body he served as chairman of the committee on schools and State University.

In 1871 he became the Republican candidate for Lieutenant-Governor and was elected, serving one term.

In 1876 he was appointed a member of the Sioux Indian Commission for the purpose of purchasing the Black Hills reservation. In 1878 he was appointed a special Indian agent but resigned after nine months' service. He served in 1883 as a special agent of the Land Department. Mr. Bulis was a prominent candidate before the Republican Convention in 1889 for Representative in Congress in the Fourth District but after sixty ballots withdrew in favor of J. H. Sweeney, who was nominated.

He served as a regent of the State University many years and was curator of the State Historical Society, mayor and postmaster of Decorah. Dr. Bulis died at Decorah on the 7th of September, 1897.

[History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, Vol. 4, 1903]
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Frank T. Campbell

FRANK T. CAMPBELL was born on the 8th of May, 1836, in the State of Ohio.

He received a good education and in 1856 moved to Newton, Iowa, where for several years he, with his brother A. K. Campbell, published the Newton Journal.

In 1869, Frank T. was elected on the Republican ticket member of the State Senate. In that body he was one of the leading advocates of legislation fixing by law a tariff for railroad freight charges. He had carefully prepared for the leadership in that first energetic attempt by the Iowa Legislature to regulate by law railroad charges, and was able to meet and successfully overcome objections raised by the attorneys of the corporations. Under his judicious management the famous legislation was successfully carried through which became known as the "Grange Laws."

He served in the Senate eight years and in the fall of 1877 was nominated by the Republican State Convention for the office of Lieutenant-Governor. He was elected serving with marked ability as President of the Senate for four years.

In 1888 he was appointed by Governor Larrabee Railroad Commissioner for the term of three years. The Twenty-second General Assembly, having provided for the election of the Commissioners, Mr. Campbell was elected in November to serve three years from January, 1889. He removed to Des Moines which has since been his residence.

[History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, Vol. 4, 1903]
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Joseph Dysart

JOSEPH DYSART was born in Huntington, Pennsylvania, on the 8th of July, 1820.

He made a trip to Iowa as early as November, 1839, and was greatly pleased with the beauty and fertility of its vast unsettled prairies but preferred to remain in the East until the then new Territory became better settled.

In April, 1856, he returned with his family and became a resident of Vinton and for two years was editor of the Vinton Eagle. For many years he gave his chief attention to farming.

In 1861 he was elected to the State Senate as a Republican to represent the Benton and Tama District. In 1869 he was again chosen from the same district to a full term of four years in the Senate.

In 1873 he received the nomination for Lieutenant-Governor on the Republican ticket and was elected, serving one term.

In 1884 he was elected one of the trustees of the State Agricultural College, having long been a helpful friend of that institution. The town of Dysart, in Tama bounty, was named for him and was for many years his home, where he died on the 8th of September, 1893.

[History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, Vol. 4, 1903]
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Enoch W. Eastman

ENOCH W. EASTMAN was born at Deerfield, New Hampshire, April 15, 1810. He was educated in the public schools with a few terms at an academy, and worked on his father's farm until the age of twenty-one when he began the study of law, practicing in his native State until the summer of 1844 when he removed to Iowa, locating at Burlington.

Although a Democrat, he distinguished himself the first year of his residence in Iowa by taking the stump against the adoption of the Constitution recently framed by his party and helped to defeat it at the election. Under this Constitution the boundaries of the State would have extended north taking in a large portion of southeastern Minnesota and would have excluded all of the Missouri slope west of a line running north and south from near the west side of Kossuth and Ringgold counties.

Enoch W. Eastman, Theodore S. Parvin and Frederick D. Mills, all Democrats and young men, warmly opposed the adoption of such boundaries and influenced enough of their Democratic associates to unite with the Whigs to defeat the Constitution. This was one of the most important public services ever rendered the State.

When Iowa was called upon to contribute a stone for the Washington monument in 1850, Enoch W. Eastman was the author of the inscription placed upon it: "Iowa—Her affections like the rivers of her borders, flow to an inseparable Union."

Mr. Eastman removed to Oskaloosa in 1847 and to Eldora in 1857. When the Rebellion began he left the Democratic party and united with the Republicans.

In 1863 he was elected Lieutenant-Governor and in 1883 he was elected to the State Senate. He died on the 9th of January, 1885.

[History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, Vol. 4, 1903]
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Oran Faville

ORAN FAVILLE, first Lieutenant-Governor of Iowa, was born in Herkimer County, New York, October 13, 1817.

He was reared on a farm, received a liberal education, having graduated at the Wesleyan University of Connecticut in 1844. For many years he was instructor in ancient languages in various seminnries in New York and Vermont. While Professor of languages in Lebanon College, Illinois, his health failed and he removed to a farm in Mitchell County, Iowa, in 1855.

In 1857 he was elected Lieutenant-Governor of. the State on the Republican ticket, that office having been created by the Constitution just adopted. He became President of the Senate and ex-officio President of the State Board of Education. In January, 1864, he was chosen secretary of the board and in March was elected Superintendent of Public Instruction, serving until 1867.

Mr. Faville was president of the State Teachers' Association in 1864-5 and editor of the Iowa School Journal from 1863 to 1867. He died on the 31st of October, 1872.

[History of Iowa From The Earliest Times to the beginning of the Twentieth Century, Vol. 4]
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Benjamin T. Gue

BENJAMIN F. GUE was born in Greene County, New York, on the 25th of December, 1828. His education was acquired in the public schools, with two terms in academies of Canandaigua and West Bloomfield. He taught school in the winter of 1851 and early in March, 1852, came to Iowa and bought a claim on Rock Creek in Scott County.

He was an Abolitionist and took a deep interest in the antislavery movements of that period. Mr. Gue was one of the delegates sent from Scott County to the convention which assembled at Iowa City on the 22d of February, 1856, to organize the Republican party of Iowa.

In 1857 he was chosen by the Republicans as one of the Representatives in the Seventh General Assembly. He was one of the authors of the act to establish a State Agricultural College and was selected to fight the bill through the House against an adverse report of the committee of ways and means.

He was reelected at the expiration of his first term and in 1861 was elected to the Senate for four years. In that body he was the author of two important bills: to prohibit the circulation of foreign bank bills in Iowa, and the law devised to secure an immediate income from the Agricultural College Land Grant, without sacrificing the lands. By the adoption of this plan Iowa secured for all time a larger income for support of the college than any State having the same amount of land.

At the close of his term in 1864, Mr. Gue removed to Fort Dodge, purchased the only newspaper establishment where for eight years he published a Republican paper.

In 1865 he was appointed postmaster of Fort Dodge but resigned in the fall of that year, having been nominated by the Republican State Convention for Lieutenant-Governor.

In 1866 he was elected president of the Board of Trustees of the State Agricultural College and for several years gave a large portion of his time to the building and organization of the college. He carried a proposition through the board for the admission of girls as students, against strong opposition. As a member of the committee on organization, he visited the Agricultural Colleges of the country and was instrumental in selecting President Welch and the first corps of professors.

Mr. Gue has always taken a deep interest in the growth of this college and by voice and pen defended and supported it through all of the years of its existence. In 1872 he removed to Des Moines and became editor of the Iowa Homestead. Receiving the appointment of United States Pension Agent of Iowa and Nebraska from President Grant, he gave his entire time to the duties of that position for eight years.

Upon retiring in 1881 he again became editor of the Homestead. For more than fifteen years he took an active part in the political campaigns as a public speaker for the Republican party. He was one of the founders of the "Iowa Unitarian Association," of the "Pioneer Lawmakers' Association," and is author of a History of Iowa.

[History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, Vol. 4, 1903]
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John A. T. Hull

JOHN A. T. HULL was born in Sabrina, Clinton County, Ohio, May 1, 1841. His father removed to Iowa in 1849, locating in Van Buren County. The son received his education at the Mount Pleasant Wesleyan College and graduated from the Cincinnati Law School in 1862.

He then enlisted in the Union army, was chosen first lieutenant of Company C, Twenty-third Iowa Infantry, and was in November promoted to captain. Mr. Hull was wounded in the Battle of Black River Bridge, May 17, 1863, and in October resigned on account of his wounds.

He was for several years editor of the Bloomfield Republican and in 1872 was chosen secretary of the State Senate, which position he continued to hold until the close of the session of 1878. In the summer of that year he was nominated by the Republican State Convention for Secretary of State and elected, serving in that office for three terms.

In 1885, he was the Republican candidate for Lieutenant-Governor and was elected, serving four years.

In 1889 he was a prominent candidate before the Republican State Convention for Governor but was unsuccessful. In 1892 he was elected Representative in Congress for the Seventh District and has been reelected continuously to the close of the Nineteenth century.

As chairman of the committee on military affairs, he became one of the most influential members during the War with Spain and the Philippine Islands.

[History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, Vol. 4, 1903]
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Orlando H. Manning

ORLANDO H. MANNING was born at Abington, Indiana, on the 18th of May, 1847. His parents removed to Iowa when he was but six years old, locating at Adel in Dallas County in 1853.

He graduated at Western College, taught at Jefferson in 1865 and soon after began the study of law with Head & Russell. He was admitted to the bar in 1868 and took up his residence at Carroll where he was elected county treasurer.

In 1870 he took charge of the Carroll Herald as editor and retained the position until elected to the Legislature as the Representative from the district composed of the counties of Carroll, Calhoun, Greene and Sac in the fall of 1875. He was reelected in 1877, serving two terms, the last session as chairman of the committee on railroads.

At the Republican State Convention of 1881 Mr. Manning was nominated for Lieutenant Governor and elected on the ticket with Governor Sherman. He was reelected in 1883 and served until October 12, 1885, when he resigned and removed to Council Bluffs where he resumed the practice of law.

While making a speech in a Republican convention he used this expression: "Iowa, the State that has a schoolhouse on every hill and no saloon in the valley." This remark caught the attention of the people and was used as the keynote to the campaign. It is hardly necessary to remark that this was before the party had abandoned prohibition.

Mr. Manning removed, from the State many years ago.

[History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, Vol. 4, 1903]
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John R. Needham

JOHN R. NEEDHAM was born on the 18th of December, 1824, in Washington, Ohio. He received a good education, studied law and was admitted to the bar at Cambridge, Ohio.

In 1849 he came to Iowa, taking up his residence in Mahaska County, where he first engaged in teaching. On the 2d of July, 1850, Mr. Needham and Mr. McNeeley issued the first newspaper ever published in that county under the name of the Iowa Herald. The name was afterwards changed to the Oskaloosa Herald.

In 1852 Mr. Needham was nominated by the Whigs for State Senator and elected, serving four years as one of the most influential members of that body.

In 1857 he was nominated by the Republicans for member of the convention to frame a new Constitution but declined the position.

In 1861 he was elected on the Republican ticket Lieutenant-Governor of the State and was an able and popular President of the Senate.

In 1867 he was again elected to the State Senate for four years but died on the 9th of July, 1868. He was a life-long member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

[History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, Vol. 4, 1903]
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Joshua G. Newbold

JOSHUA G. NEWBOLD, ninth Governor of Iowa, was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, on the 12th of May, 1830. He was reared on a farm, attended the public schools and a few terms at an academy. He taught school several winters, assisting his father on the farm during the summer. When nineteen he began the study of medicine but never became a practicing physician.

In 1854 he came to Iowa and engaged in farming in Henry County.

When the Civil War began Mr. Newbold raised a company which was attached to the Twenty-fifth Volunteer Infantry and he was commissioned captain. He served three years, a portion of the time as Judge Advocate at Woodville, Alabama. He participated in the battles of Arkansas Post, Lookout Mountain and Sherman's Atlanta campaign.

After his return to Henry County, Captain Newbold was elected on the Republican ticket Representative in the House of the Thirteenth General Assembly and was twice reelected, serving six years.

At the Republican State Convention which nominated Kirkwood for a third term as Governor, Captain Newbold was nominated for Lieutenant-Governor and elected.

Upon the resignation of Kirkwood to accept the position of United States Senator, Newbold became Governor on the first of February, 1877. He made a good executive but was defeated for the nomination for a full term in the Republican State Convention by John H. Gear.

[History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, Vol. 4, 1903]
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Nicholas J. Rusch

NICHOLAS J. RUSCH was born in Holstein, Germany, in 1822. He received a liberal education and taught school several years.

In 1847 he emigrated to America and located on a farm near Davenport, Iowa. He was a young man of fine ability and studious habits and soon acquired a knowledge of the language, laws and institutions of his adopted country. A Republican in politics he was an influential leader among the German Americans.

In 1857 he was nominated by the Republicans of Scott County for State Senator and was elected by a large majority. He attained prominence in the session of 1858 as a Senator and in 1859 was nominated by the Republican State Convention for Lieutenant-Governor on the ticket with Samuel J. Kirkwood. After a campaign of unusual vigor they were elected. Lieutenant-Governor Rusch presided with dignity and ability over the Senate during the regular session of 1860 and the war session of 1861 but was not a candidate for reelection.

In May, 1860, he was appointed by Governor Kirkwood Commissioner of Immigration and served two years with great efficiency.

In 1862 Governor Rusch was Appointed to a position in the Commissary Department of the military service in the Civil War, with the rank of captain.

In 1864 he died in the service at Vicksburg, Mississippi, at the age of forty-two.

[History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, Vol. 4, 1903]
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John Scott

JOHN SCOTT was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, April 14, 1824. He attended the common schools until sixteen years of age when he began to teach.

He came to Iowa in 1843 but returned to Ohio and Kentucky, teaching school until May, 1846, when he enlisted in a regiment of Kentucky volunteers fitting out for the Mexican War.

In 1847 he, with Cassius M. Clay and seventy others, was taken prisoner and marched to the City of Mexico where they were held in captivity for eight months.

From 1852 to 1854 he was editor of the Kentucky Whig. He removed to Iowa in 1856, locating at Nevada, where he was engaged in farming and real estate. In 1859 he was elected to represent the counties of Story, Boone, Hardin and Hamilton in the State Senate. He served in the regular session of 1860 and the war session of 1861 and then resigned to enter the Union army.

Mr. Scott was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the Third Regiment and was in command at the Battle of Blue Mills, engaging a superior army of the enemy. In 1862 he was promoted to colonel of the Thirty-second Infantry where he served with distinction until May, 1864, being engaged in many severe conflicts.

In 1867 he was elected Lieutenant-Governor of Iowa on the Republican ticket, serving two years.

In 1870 Colonel Scott was appointed Assessor of Internal Revenue, holding the office until it was discontinued. He has been intimately associated with the industrial progress of the State for more than a quarter of a century and has been president of the State Agricultural Society, of the State Road Improvement Association, the Improved Stock Breeders' Association and delegate to the National Agricultural Congress. He was for many years an able contributor to agricultural journals.

In 1885 he was again elected to the State Senate where he was the author of the bill to establish a State Board of Control for the various public institutions. He has several times come within a few votes of the nomination for Congress in Republican conventions.

Colonel Scott is the author of several books. In 1849 he published a narrative of the imprisonment of himself and companions during the Mexican War.

In 1895 he pubished a "Genealogy of Hugh Scott" and his descendants, and the "Story of the Thirty-second Iowa Volunteers." In 1896 Colonel Scott was elected president of the "Pioneer Lawmakers' Association."

[History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, Vol. 4, 1903]
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