Iowa State Representative Biographies

William P. Allred

Representative from Wayne county, is a native of North Carolina. Randolph county, born April 26, 1846. Came with his parents, who were American-born, to Wayne county, Iowa, October 5. 1854 and settled on a farm in Monroe township. He acquired his education in the district schools of Wayne county. At the age of eighteen years he enlisted as a private in Company H, Forty-sixth Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry. At the close of the war he attended two additional terms of school. On December 12, 1869, he was married to Miss Louisa C. Kellogg; they have three daughters and four sons. He has been a resident of Iowa fifty-two years, all the time engaged in farming and stock raising. He has held the offices of township clerk four years, township trustee six years, secretary of the school board twelve years, a member of the Republican county central committee in 1896-1897, and was elected county recorder of deeds in 1900 serving four years. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican In politics.

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William Anderson

Representative from Hamilton county, was born on a farm near London. Canada, April 8, 1852. His father's parents were Scotch, while those of his mother were American, he was one of a family of eighteen children. He attended school near London and graduated from the Middlesex Seminary with the class of 1869. For the next four years after graduation he taught school and in 1873 he removed to Hamilton county, Iowa, and began life in his new home by working on a farm and teaching school. In 1874 he purchased the quarter section of land on which he now resides and for the next ten years he farmed during the summer months and taught school during the winters. In November, 1875, he married Miss M. F. Everet and to them have been born seven children. In 1883 he was elected county auditor of Hamilton, county, which position he held for two terms. He was then elected county superintendent of schools, which he also held two terms. On the expiration of his term of office as superintendent of schools he moved back to his old home of Jewell and was one of the organizers of the State Bank of Jewell. He was cashier of this bank until 1896, when he moved to Webster City and became cashier of the First National bank of that city. In 1899 he moved back to Jewell and assumed the active management of the State Bank of Jewell, becoming its president at a later date. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican In politics.

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Wallace H. Arney

Representative from Marshall county, was born in Marshall county, Iowa, April 2, 1862, of American-born parents. He received his education in the public schools and Oskaloosa College. He taught school for a few years afterwards engaging in farming and feeding, which he still follows. Elected Representative In 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Elliott D. Baird

Representative from Iowa county, was born at Clinton, Onelda county, New York. January 2, 1849, of American parentage. He came with his parents to Iowa county In the spring of 1854 and settled on land entered from the Government. Here he resided until his father enlisted in the army In 1862 In the Thirty-seventh Iowa Infantry, better known as the "Gray Beard Regiment." He attended school during the winter and worked on the farm in the summer. During his father's absence he attended school but little. After the war he moved to Marengo, where he spent several years in the Marengo High School. On January 1, 1876, he was appointed deputy county treasurer, which position he held for eight years. After serving as deputy county auditor for one year he was elected for two successive terms as clerk of the district court. After retiring from this office he organized the North English Savings Bank in May, 1889, and has acted as cashier and manager continuously since that time. He has acted as Mayor of the town for two terms and served for fifteen years as a school director. At present he is quite largely interested in farming and stock raising and is a director of the Corn Belt Meat Producers' Association. Elected Representative In 1906. A Democrat in politics.

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Frank Balluff

Representative from Scott county, was born at Davenport, Scott county, Iowa, April 2, 1872. He attended parochial schools, St. Ambrose College and Davenport Business College. Worked as a stenographer in the office of C. A. Ficke and later Ficke & Ficke, financial agents, of Davenport, Iowa, Was a bookkeeper and confidential clerk for thirteen years. Entered fire Insurance and real estate business in 1900 and In November, 1903, consolidated his agency with the large agency of W. H. Snider, becoming the senior member of that well known Davenport firm. Is a member of several fraternal organizations, among them the Knights of Columbus (of which he held the office of financial secretary for four terms). Cedar Camp No. 27, Modern Woodmen of America, ?. ?. ?. ?. No. 298, the Turner society and several other Davenport clubs and organizations. Elected Representative In 1906. A Democrat in politics.

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John L. Bascom

Representative from Dickinson county, was born in Farmersburg, Clayton county, Iowa. November 6, 1860. His father, J. S. Bascom, was born In White River Junction, Vermont, his mother In Pennsylvania. His parents moved to Clinton county in the spring of 1863 and purchased a farm near Preston, where he resided until the spring of 1882, when he entered the Northern Indiana Normal School at Valparaiso, Indiana, where he graduated in the scientific course in the class of 1884 and in the law course in 1887. He entered the law office of Ellis & McCoy in Clinton in the spring of 1888. Was admitted to the bar in this State in October, 1888. He located at Milford in August. 1890, where he still resides, engaged in law and real estate business. He married Miss Winifred Yorker September 6, 1904. He is a member of Gloaming Lodge No. 482, A. F. and A. M., and Gloaming Chapter No. 225, O. E. S., at Milford; Spirit Lake Chapter No. 132, at Spirit Lake; Esdraelon Commandry No. 52, at Estherville, and El-Kahir Temple of the Mystic Shrine, at Cedar Rapids. Elected Representative In 1906. A Republican In politics.

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Samuel H. Bauman

Representative from Van Buren county, was born in Dubuque county, Iowa, August 14, 1855. He was the eldest son of Rev. F. C. and B. J. Bauman and grandson of Hon. Daniel Cort, who was a Democratic member of the House from Dubuque county in 1856 and again In 1865. He was educated in the public schools of Dubuque county and took the classical course at Blairstown Academy, Blairstown, Iowa, and also Henry Seminary, Henry, Illinois. Taught school four terms, serving as principal of the Zwingle graded school. In 1880 he accepted a position as station agent and operator for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railway at Bernard, Iowa, and followed that occupation until 1890, when he resigned to take a course at the Chicago Veterinary College, graduating there in 1892, receiving the degree of D. V. S. After graduating he formed a partnership with Dr. T. A. Shipley, opening an office in Dubuque, Iowa, under the name of Shipley & Bauman. In 1897 he moved on a farm near Birmingham, Van Buren county, where he has since lived, conducting the farm and following his profession. Was married to Miss Myrtle G. Morse of La Motte, Iowa, June 23, 1881, and has one son and four daughters living. Is a member of the National Veterinary Medical Association, the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association and the Missouri Valley Association. Elected Representative in 1906. A Democrat in politics.

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Enoch Beery

Representative from Henry county, was born in Baltimore township, Henry county, October 6, 1856. He is the youngest child of a family of seven children, three boys and four girls, sons and daughters of Levi L. and Margaret (Short) Beery, both of whom were natives of Fairfield county, Ohio, moving to Henry county, Iowa, in 1842. He received his early education in the district school, afterwards attending Howe's Academy at Mount Pleasant. He is married, has three children, two sons and one daughter. He has always been engaged in farming and stock raising, his home place consisting of a farm of 320 acres, located near Salem, In Salem township. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, having attained the degrees of the lodge, chapter and commandry. Also a member of the K. of P. Lodge. He was married in April. 1861, to Susie Raines. Elected Representative In 1906. A Republican In politics.

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Berges J. Bergeson

Representative from Palo Alto county, was born in Florence township, Benton county, Iowa, Christmas Day, 1867. He received his education in the "Mud Creek" rural school, north of Norway, including two short winter terms, one at Norway and one at Blairstown Academy. His father and mother emigrated from near Stavanger, Norway, Europe, before the Civil War. His father was a soldier in the War of the Rebellion, enlisting in the Twenty-fourth Iowa Infantry, and later transferred to the One Hundred and Twelfth Illinois. He engaged in farming and stock raising on his father's farm until twenty years old when he moved to Emmet county. Here he conducted a large farm and was extensively engaged in buying, feeding and shipping cattle and hogs. He has resided on a farm in Palo Alto county for the past five years. He was married to Minnie S. Holland of Newhall, Iowa, June 15, 1901, and has a family of seven children. He is the author of several addresses and lectures presented before stockmen's organizations and farmers' institutes. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican In politics.

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Ransom James Bixby

Representative from Delaware county, was born March 29, 1854, on a farm in Clayton county, three miles from the present town of Edgewood, Iowa. His parents were Rev. N. W. and Ruby (Knapp) Bixby, natives of Vermont, early pioneers of Iowa, coming to this State In 1847. The early years of his life were spent on the farm and in attending district school. He commenced teaching early in life, closing a winter term of school before he was seventeen years of age. He then entered Wilton College. After leaving college he took up teaching as a profession and achieved success as a teacher in the common schools and later as principal of graded schools. On May 22, 1879, he was married to Flora R. Blanchard, a daughter of Dr. L. Blanchard, a native of New York. They have a family of four children. Soon after his marriage he engaged in mercantile business in Edgewood, conducting the same for nineteen years. He acquired considerable landed interests, among which is the old homestead his father entered from the government. At present he is engaged In superintending farming operations and in the breeding of registered cattle and sheep. He was a member of the school board for many years and also held office of township clerk for several years. Elected Representative In 1903 and re-elected in 1906. Served during the Thirtieth, Thirty-first and Thirty-second General Assemblies. A Republican In politics.

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Albin C. Blackmore

Representative from Worth county, was born In Allegany, New York, August 19, 1843. His parents were both American born. He lived on a farm with his parents until August, 1861, when he enlisted in Company I, Sixty-fourth New York Volunteer Infantry, for three years, or during the war. Served with the Army of the Potomac on the Peninsula with McClellan and later with Burnslde, Hooker, Meade and Grant around Richmond. Was in all the important battles that the army was engaged in up to and including Spottsylvania Court House, where he was seriously wounded. Was mustered out with his regiment in front of Petersburg as first lieutenant September 14, 1864, by reason of expiration of service and returned to the home of his parents at Ripon, Wisconsin, they having moved there while he was in the service. His father died in the fall of 1865. In the spring of 1866 his mother, one young brother, sister and himself emigrated west, locating on a farm in Worth county, Iowa. He has held various offices in the township and served one term as member of the board of supervisors. At the election of 1883 he was elected county auditor and moved to Northwood, the county seat of Worth county. He served as auditor for nine years continuously. Since that time he has resided at Northwood, having charge of the Farmers' Lumber Company a part of the time he has also been in charge of the Manly Bank as cashier and manager for the past two years. Elected Representative In 1906. A Republican in politics.

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John C. Bonwell

Representative from Audubon county, was born near Hillsboro, Highland county, Ohio, November 6, 1842, of Scotch parentage. His education was acquired at the district school, supplemented by a course at Professor Holbrook's Normal College at Lebanon, Ohio. At the age of nineteen he enlisted in Company F, Sixtieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Served in Virginia, was taken prisoner at Harper's Ferry in 1862, was paroled and sent to Ohio, where he served with the State militia and participated in the pursuit and capture of John Morgan in his raid through Ohio. In 1864 he again enlisted in Company A, One Hundred and Seventy-fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served in the South till the close of the war. In 1869 he removed to Marlon county, Iowa, from there to Jasper county, where he was employed in teaching school for some years. In 1875 he moved to Exira, Audubon county, Iowa, and engaged in the drug business. In 1876 he removed to his farm in the north part of the county, where he has since been engaged in stock raising. For the past seven years he has been a member of the board of supervisors. Elected Representative In 1906. A Republican In politics.

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Henry C. Brandes

Representative from Pottawattamie county, was born in Germany April 14. 1852. He came to the United States In 1868. First lived In La Salle county, Illinois, but removed from there in 1876 to a farm in Pottawattamie county, Iowa, which he had purchased two years previously. His education was acquired in the country schools. In 1896 he was elected supervisor of his home county and continued to hold that office until elected a member of the Qeneral Assembly In 1906. A Republican In politics.

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George C. Calkins

Representative from Adams county, was born in Schennectady county, New York, of American-born parents. October 4. 1835. He received his education in the common schools of that county and in Kingsborough Academy. He moved to Illinois in 1859. He taught school for a few years and then engaged in the work of farming and auctioneering. He moved to Iowa in 1871, locating in Adams county, where he has followed the business of auctioneering, farming and stock raising ever since. He has held the following public offices: Assessor in Illinois two years, assessor in Iowa two years and member of the board of supervisors six years. Elected Representative In 1906. A Democrat In politics.

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Edward M. Cassady

Representative from Monona county, was born at Painsville, Lake county. Ohio, September 25, 1848, of Irish and American parentage. He attended the common school until he reached the age of fifteen years. In February, 1864, he enlisted in Company A, Tenth United States Infantry, at Cleveland, Ohio, and served in the Army of the Potomac until the close of the war, when he was transferred to Minnesota, in the Indian country, where he served the remainder of the three years for which he enlisted. He came to Iowa in the fall of 1867 and engaged in farming. In 1878 he was married to Ida N. Whiting, daughter of Judge C. E. Whiting, one of the pioneer settlers of Monona county. In 1880 Mr. Cassady moved to Whiting, where he formed a business partnership with his brother-in-law, Will C. Whiting, carrying on a general store, lumber and Implement business and engaging in the buying and shipping of grain. Later he with others founded what is now known as the Whiting Bank, of which he is now the president. He is still extensively engaged in farming, breeding of thoroughbred Hereford cattle and in cattle feeding. He has held some one of the township offices almost continuously since coming to Monona county. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican In politics.

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Rush Clark

Clark, Rush, a Representative from Iowa; born in Schellsburg, Bedford County, Pa., October 1, 1834; attended the common schools, the local academy at Ligonier, Pa., and was graduated from Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pa., in 1853; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1853 and commenced practice in Iowa City, Iowa; member of the Iowa house of representatives 1860-1864, serving as speaker in 1863 and 1864; served on the staff of the Governor of Iowa in 1861 and 1862, and aided in the organization of volunteer regiments from Iowa during the Civil War; trustee of Iowa University at Iowa City 1862-1866; again served in the State house of representatives in 1876; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth and Forty-sixth Congresses and served from March 4, 1877, until his death in Washington, D.C., April 29, 1879; interment in Oakland Cemetery, Iowa City, Iowa.

[Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present; transcribed by A. N.]


James Frederick Clarke

Representative from Jefferson county, was born in Fairfield, Iowa, February 23, 1864. His parents, of English descent, were of American nativity. He attended the graded schools, then three years at Parsons College, and later three years at the State University of Iowa, where he graduated with the degree of B.S. in 1886. He graduated from the Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania with the degree of M.D. In 1889 and the same year took his Master's degree from the University of Iowa. For two years after graduation he was resident physician in the Philadelphia Hospital, and in 1885 took post-graduate courses in Johns Hopkins University and in the University of Gottingen, Germany. On the mustering in of the Iowa troops for the Spanish War he was appointed major and surgeon of the Forty-ninth Iowa Volunteer Infantry and served throughout the war in the South and in Cuba, a large part of this time on detached service in charge of the medical wards of the Second Division Hospital of the Seventh Army Corps. In 1900 he was appointed lecturer on hygiene in the Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry of the State University of Iowa, and in 1901 he was chosen lecturer on bacteriology in Parsons College. He is a member of the American Medical Association, The American Public Health Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is a Fellow of the Iowa Academy of Sciences. He was for some time first vice-president of the Iowa State Medical Association and president of the Des Moines Valley Medical Association and has published many articles on medical subjects. In 1901 he married Melinda B. Clapp of Ohio. He has always resided In Fairfield, Iowa, and has not before held a political office. Elected Representative in 1906. A Democrat in politics.

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Tim C. Clary

Representative from Chickasaw county, Iowa, was born in Wise, forty-three years ago, of Irish parentage. His parents were born and married in Ireland. He came to Chickasaw county when nine years old and has resided in that county ever since. Educated in the common schools and at the Northern Indiana Normal. Graduated from the Law Department of the Northern Indiana Normal of Valparaiso, Indiana, in 1886. Was admitted to the practice of law by the Supreme Court of Iowa in 1887. Since his admission to the practice of law he has resided at New Hampton. Has been mayor of New Hampton, and County Attorney of his county three terms. Was a member of the House during the Thirtieth and Thirty-first General Assemblies. Was re-elected in 1906. Was appointed a member of the Legislative Insurance Commission created by the Thirty-first General Assembly. He is married and his family consists of wife, three boys and three girls. A Democrat in politics.

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Cyrenus Cole

Cole, Cyrenus, a Representative from Iowa; born near Pella, Marion County, Iowa, January 13, 1863; graduated from Central University, Pella, Iowa, 1887; newspaper publisher; business owner; author; elected to the Sixty-seventh Congress by special election as a Republican to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative James W. Good, and reelected to the Sixty-eighth and to the four succeeding Congresses (July 19, 1921-March 3, 1933); was not a candidate for renomination to the Seventy-third Congress in 1932; died on November 14, 1939, in Washington, D.C..; interment in First Dutch Reform Church Cemetery, near Pella, Marion County, Iowa.

[Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present; transcribed by A. N.]


Edwin Hurd Conger

Conger, Edwin Hurd, a Representative from Iowa; born in Knox County, Ill., March 7, 1843; was graduated from Lombard University, Galesburg, Ill., in 1862; during the Civil War enlisted as a private in Company I, One Hundred and Second Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war; attained the rank of captain and received the brevet of major; studied law and was graduated from the Albany Law School in 1866; was admitted to the bar and practiced in Galesburg, Ill., until 1868; moved to Dexter, Dallas County, Iowa, in 1868 and engaged in stock growing, banking, and agricultural pursuits; elected treasurer of Dallas County in 1877 and reelected in 1879; elected State treasurer in 1880 and reelected in 1882; elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, and Fifty-first Congresses and served from March 4, 1885, to October 3, 1890, when he resigned to accept a diplomatic mission; chairman, Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures (Fifty-first Congress); Minister to Brazil from September 27, 1890, to September 13, 1893; appointed Minister to China January 19, 1898, and served until his resignation on March 8, 1905, on which day he was appointed as Ambassador to Mexico and served until his resignation on October 18, 1905; died in Pasadena, Calif., May 18, 1907; interment in Mountain View Cemetery.

[Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present; transcribed by A. N.]


Stanley Conn

Representative from Butler county, was born at Granby, Province of Quebec, Canada, May 13, 1855. His parents, who were both born in Canada of Scotch-Irish stock, moved to Iowa in 1855 and settled in Butler county in 1856. His education was acquired in the rural school and at an early age he engaged in farming, which occupation he followed until 1893, when he rented his farm and moved to town. He was married in 1880 and has two daughters. He has held the offices of township assessor, school director, member city council, and for nine years a member of the board of supervisors. He was elected to the Legislature in 1903, serving in the Thirtieth and Thirty-first General Assemblies, and was re-elected November 6, 1906. A Republican In politics.

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James Perry Conner

Conner, James Perry, a Representative from Iowa; born in Delaware County, Ind., January 27, 1851; attended the Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa, and was graduated from the law department of the University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1873; was admitted to the bar and practiced; district attorney of the thirteenth judicial district of Iowa 1880-1884; circuit judge of the thirteenth judicial district in 1884; district judge of the sixteenth judicial district in 1886; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1892; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jonathan P. Dolliver; reelected to the Fifty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from December 4, 1900, to March 3, 1909; unsuccessful candidate in 1908 for reelection to the Sixty-first Congress; resumed the practice of law in Denison, Crawford County, Iowa, where he died March 19, 1924; interment in Oakland Cemetery.

[Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present; transcribed by A. N.]


Maurice Connolly

Connolly, Maurice, a Representative from Iowa; born in Dubuque, Iowa, March 13, 1877; attended the common schools; was graduated from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., in 1897 and from the law department of New York University, New York City, in 1898; was admitted to the bar in 1899; did postgraduate work at Balliol College, Oxford, England, and the University of Heidelberg, Germany; engaged in the insurance business and banking; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third Congress (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1915); unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1914; chairman of the Iowa State Democratic convention in 1914; was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1916; major in the Aviation Corps during the First World War; died in an airplane accident near Indian Head, Md., May 28, 1921; interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa.

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Samuel M. Corrie

Representative from Ida county, was born in the city of New York, September 15, 1858, of Scotch parentage. The family removed to Iowa in 1863 and settled on a farm in the eastern part of Cedar county, where he grew to manhood. He was educated in the district school and attended the high school in the town of Lowden. At the age of twenty-two he commenced farming; managed the home place for ten years, and in February, 1890, he removed to Ida county and settled on the farm where he still lives. He has added to his farming, extensive cattle feeding operations. He has been township clerk, trustee and secretary of the school board. Has been an active worker in the Farmers' Institute and in various farmers' organizations. He is married. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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John Calhoun Cook

Cook, John Calhoun, a Representative from Iowa; born in Seneca, Seneca County, Ohio, December 26, 1846; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1867 and commenced practice in Newton, Jasper County, Iowa; judge of the sixth judicial district of Iowa in 1878; successfully contested as a Democrat the election of Marsena E. Cutts to the Forty-seventh Congress and took his seat March 3, 1883, the closing day of the Congress; elected to the Forty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Marsena E. Cutts and served from October 9, 1883, to March 3, 1885; resumed the practice of law in Newton, Iowa; moved to Webster City, Iowa, where he became attorney for a railroad company; died in Algona, Kossuth County, Iowa, June 7, 1920; interment in Riverview Cemetery.

[Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present; transcribed by A. N.]


John Parsons Cook

Cook, John Parsons, a Representative from Iowa; born in Whitestown, Oneida County, N.Y., August 31, 1817; moved with his father to Davenport, Iowa, in 1836; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1842 and commenced practice in Tipton, Cedar County, Iowa; member of the Iowa Territorial council 1842-1845; served in the State senate 1848-1851; returned to Davenport, Iowa, in 1851 and continued the practice of law; unsuccessful candidate in 1850 for election to the Thirty-second Congress; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1855); was not a candidate for renomination in 1854; continued the practice of law and also engaged in banking in Davenport until his death there April 17, 1872; interment in Oakdale Cemetery.

[Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present; transcribed by A. N.]


John C. Cottrell

Representative from Plymouth county, was born of American parentage on a farm near Johnsonville, Rensselaer county, New York, October 17, 1860. His parents moved to Iowa in 1870, locating on a farm near Belle Paline, in Benton county. He had a common school education, except one year in graded school. Commenced teaching winter school when fifteen years of age and worked on the farm the balance of the year. Was married June 29, 1881, to Amelia Vandike, daughter of H. W. Vandike, who was one of Benton county's earliest settlers. Has two daughters and one son. He moved to Plymouth county in July, 1888. Followed farming until 1893, when he moved to Kingsley, where he now resides. Was postmaster of Kingsley under Cleveland. Was mayor two terms and also served as president of the school board. Elected Representative in 1899 and served during the Twenty-eighth General Assembly. Defeated for re-election in 1901 by fifteen votes. Elected Representative again in 1906. A Democrat In politics.

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John H. Darrah

Representative from Lucas county, was born in Wenona, Marshall county, Illinois, January 1, 1874. His parents were Scotch-Irish, coming to America in 1857 and settling in Illinois. He removed with his parents to Adams county, Iowa, in 1876, where his parents still reside. He became a resident of Lucas county in 1896, entering the mercantile business in Chariton. Attended graded schools until he was twelve years of age, after which time he worked upon his father's farm with the exception of a few months each winter when he attended the Corning Academy. At the age of twenty he entered a store as clerk and at the end of one year was placed in charge of a branch store at Cumberland, in Cass county. He afterward bought this small stock of goods and removed it to Chariton, where he opened a small notion store which he has developed into the largest department store in Lucas county. He was elected a member of the city council in 1904 and in the fall of 1905 was elected to the Legislature to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Eli Manning. Re-elected in November, 1906. Served during the Thirty-first and Thirty-second General Assemblies. A Republican in politics.

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John C. Demar

Representative from Davis county, was born in Davis county, Iowa, September 27, 1879. His parents were American-born. He received a common school education in the schools of his home neighborhood and afterwards attended the Normal School at Bloomfield, Iowa, graduating from that institution in 1898. He then entered the teacher's profession for one year, leaving it at the end of that time to enter Drake University at Des Moines, from which school he graduated in 1902. He has been engaged either as principal or superintendent of schools at West Grove, Davis county; Indianapolis, Mahaska county; Batavia, Jefferson county, and Mystic, Appanoose county. At present he is attending the law school of Drake University. Elected a Representative in the Thirty-first General Assembly to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of the Hon. T. J. Prevo; re-elected to the Thirty-second General Assembly in 1906. A Democrat in politics.

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Hiram Dewell

Representative from Cedar county, was born near Warsaw, Indiana, May 20, 1849. His parents were American born. In August, 1855, he came with his parents to Cedar county, Iowa, arriving in Tipton September 3d. In the spring of 1858 the family moved on a prairie farm in Dayton township in Cedar county and engaged in farming. He was married in 1870 and has a family of four children. Has been engaged in farming all his life. Has held the office of township assessor for the past six years; has also served as township trustee and has been connected with the public schools of his township for the past fifteen years, at the present time being secretary of the school board. His education was secured in the rural schools, supplemented with study at home. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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William D. Dodds

Representative from Des Moines county, was born at Danville, Iowa, April 12, 1870. His parents were natives of Des Moines county, his father being among the first white-born children in the Iowa territory, having been born In 1838. He grew to manhood on his father's farm and attended the rural schools. Was married in 1896 and has two sons. He lives on a farm near Danville. Was elected a member of the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth General Assemblies and was again elected Representative in the Thirty-second General Assembly. A Democrat in politics.

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Justin R. Doran

Representative from Boone county, was born at Reynolds' Basin, Niagara county, New York, August 8, 1850, of Irish parents. He came to Serena township, La Salle county, Illinois, with his parents in the early fifties, where his mother died August 25, 1855. With his father's family he moved to Livingston county, Illinois, in March, 1865, where his father died November 25, 1865. He received his education in the common schools of Illinois. Came to Blairstown, Iowa, in July, 1870, and worked as a harvest hand and in an elevator, returning to Illinois in December of the same year. Came again to Blairstown and worked for about six months in a grain elevator in 1871, and returned the same year to Illinois, and in January, 1872, in company with a brother, he ran a cornsheller in and around Blairstown, Iowa, returning again to Illinois in July, 1872. He sold his interests in Illinois in the autumn of 1874 and bought three hundred and seventy acres of land in Boone county, Iowa, for himself, his sister and brother, both of whose interests he has since bought out and forms part of the twenty-three hundred and sixty acres he now holds in his own name near Beaver, Iowa. For six years he was loss adjuster for the Farmers' Mutual Fire and Lightning Insurance Company of Boone county, Iowa. He has been elected justice of the peace, school director, school treasurer and township trustee at different times. Was Representative from Boone county in the Thirtieth and Thirty-first General Assemblies and re-elected November 6, 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Daniel Webster Dow

Representative from Franklin county, was born in Washtenaw county, Michigan, September 30, 1835. His father and mother were both born in Vermont. He was the fourth child in a family of ten children, consisting of seven boys and three girls. He was one of the five sons who served in the army in the War of the Rebellion. When a child his parents moved to Wisconsin, where they lived near Waukesha until 1843, when they moved to Whiteside county, Illinois. They resided here until 1859, when they came to Iowa. He was educated in the common schools until he was sixteen years of age, when he was "given his time." For a short time he worked at the carpenter trade. Attended the Lee Center school in Lee county, Illinois, teaching winters and attending the academy in spring and fall terms. Taught school nine terms and read law under Joseph Knox of Rock Island and C. J. Johnson of Morrison. Was admitted to the bar in Clinton county, Iowa. Afterwards moved to Franklin county, Iowa, where he has practiced his profession ever since, except six years when he was Clerk of the District Court of Franklin county. Was County Attorney under the old law and under the new law was County Attorney for four years. Was mayor of the city of Hampton for one term. He cast his first vote for John C. Fremont. Elected Representative in 1903 and re-elected in 1906. Served during the Thirtieth, Thirty-first and Thirty-second General Assemblies. A Republican in politics.

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Will Drurt

Representative from Sac county, was born in Clinton county, Iowa, October 2, 1862. His father was of English birth and came from England to Jackson county, Iowa, in the fifties; his mother was a native of Canada, her parents moving to Iowa about 1850. His education was acquired in district and high schools, supplemented by one term in select school. In the fall of 1880, at the age of eighteen years, he came to Sac county, Iowa, where he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land. In 1895 he sold this farm and moved on a larger one, previously purchased. He has been actively engaged in live stock business for over twenty years. Was in the live stock shipping business at Farley for ten years, also in the grain business for two years. Has served two terms as township assessor and several terms as township trustee. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Henry Dunn

Representative from Jackson county, was born in Ireland, January 6, 1837. He came with his parents to America in 1847 and settled in Ulster county, New York, where he began life on his own account. He came to Iowa in 1855 and in 1860 he married and settled on a farm in Clinton county, on which farm he still lives. In August, 1862, he enlisted in Company A, Twenty- fourth Iowa Infantry, and served three years. After the war he continued farming until 1881, when he moved to Miles, Jackson county, and entered the implement business and continued in the same until 1905, when he retired. He has been mayor for several terms and a member of the council and treasurer of the city. He has served on the school board for sixteen years, several years as its president. He has served as president of the Jackson and Clinton Counties Farmers' Mutual Aid Insurance Company for four terms. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Charles C. Dye

Representative from Decatur county, was born in Wayne county, Iowa, November 21, 1860. His parents were American-born. He was educated in the rural schools of Decatur county and the Linevllle High School. Upon leaving the high school he taught school for a number of terms. He is a farmer by choice and takes great pride in his well kept farm of five hundred acres, which he bought and cleared as his means permitted. For twenty years he has been road overseer near his home and his system of making and repairing dirt roads has been attended with marked success. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Willoughby Dye

Representative from Pottawattamie county, was born in Van Buren county, Iowa, April 14, 1852. His father was American-born; his mother was born in England. When he was three years of age the family removed to Lee county, locating near Fort Madison, where he grew to manhood, obtaining his education in the rural schools of that vicinity and in the academy at Fort Madison. From the last-named institution he graduated in 1872. In 1874 he came to Pottawattamie county, and for a short time engaged in the profession of school-teaching, afterward entering the employ of D. L. Heinsheimer of Glenwood, Iowa, as clerk in a general store. In 1876, in company with Mr. Heinsheimer, he established a general merchandise business at Macedonia, which proved to be a financial success. The business has been continued under his management, Mr. Heinsheimer retiring in 1880, and is now being carried on under the name of Dye Brothers' Company. Merchandising has been his principal business, but he has also acquired extensive farming interests, is president of the Macedonia State Bank and the Harle Haas Drug Company of Council Bluffs, Iowa. In 1879 he was married to Margaret Reimand of Macedonia, to which union six children were born, four of whom, two sons and two daughters, are living. He is active in lodge work, being a member of the I. O. O. F., A. F. and A. M. and ?. ?. ?. ?. fraternities. Elected Representative in 1906. In politics he was a Democrat until in 1896, when he became an ardent supporter of William McKinley for President, and has since been identified with the Republican party.

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Willard C. Earle

Representative from Allamakee county, was born in 1833 in the first frame building built at Honsdale, Pennsylvania. He moved with his parents to the old homestead in Hubbardston, Massachusetts, in 1840. His parents were Calvin Earle and Betsy Foster. Calvin Earle, six removes from Ralph Earle, who came to this country from England in 1834 (old Puritan stock). Mr. Earle spent his boyhood days working on the old farm, going to district school, select school and academy, and teaching school in the winters. In 1853 he was with his brother in Ohio and Pennsylvania, employed in civil engineering, and in 1854 he went to Waukon, Iowa, which has been his home ever since. Here he first worked in a sawmill, which he afterwards owned and turned into a flour mill, he built the first creamery and cheese factory in the country. He married Ellen A. Hedge January 1, 1860. In 1861 he enlisted in the army; was elected captain of Company B, Twelfth Iowa Infantry. In 1863 he raised and commanded the Seventieth United States Colored Infantry. In 1865 he resigned to attend medical college. Graduated from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1866-1867 and returned to Waukon, Iowa, where he practiced medicine successfully for twenty-five years, during the time being associated with his father-in-law, Dr. I. H. Hedge, in a drug store; also with his brother, J. W. Earle, in the grain and stock business, and with Mr. Knudtson in a general store. He invested his earnings in farm lands around Waukon. He spent much time and great energy in building a "plug" railroad into Waukon, which was completed in 1877. He was elected Representative to the Nineteenth General Assembly and Senator to the Twenty-first General Assembly, filling out ex-Governor Larrabee's term when he resigned to run for Governor. For several years he has been president of the Citizens' State Bank. Elected Representative again in 1906. A Democrat in politics.

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Jesse D. Elliott

Representative from Page county, was born on a farm in Henderson county, Illinois. His father was born in Randolph county, North Carolina, and his mother in Virginia. When sixteen years old he came with his parents to Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and in 1870 he removed from there to his present home in Hawleyville, Page county. He attended school at Howe's Academy, at Mount Pleasant, Beyan's Business College at St. Joseph, Missouri, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Keokuk, Iowa. From this latter school he graduated in the class of 1882. He has practiced medicine and engaged in farming and the live stock business at Hawleyvllle since 1882. He has been a member of the Republican County Central Committee of Page county for the past twenty years. Is a member of the Board of Pension Examining Surgeons at Clarinda, of the Page County Medical Society and of the Iowa State Medical Society. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Samuel A. Feay

Representative from Lyon county, was born in Point Marlon, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, January 7, 1852, of German-Scotch parentage. Removed to Clayton county, Iowa, with his parents in 1856 and received his education in the district schools on Pleasant Ridge, excepting one term at the Upper Iowa University at Fayette, Iowa. Was married to Sarah F. Gray at Monona, Iowa, February 13, 1879, and moved to Lyon county, Iowa, February 21 of the same year. He has two sons, Virgil C. and George W. He followed farming until 1892, when he was elected Auditor of Lyon county. Since going out of the Auditor's office he has followed the hardware business in Rock Rapids. Elected Representative in 1906. A Democrat in politics.

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Guy A. Feely

Representative from Black Hawk county, was born near Gilbertville, Iowa, September 5, 1875. His father, Duncan M. Feely, was of Scotch descent and his mother, Susan S. (Miller) Feely, was of German-Irish descent He spent his early days on a farm. At the age of sixteen he commenced a course of study at the Waterloo College, and at the age of eighteen taught his first term of school, and for five years followed that vocation. While teaching school he began the study of law with the well-known law firm of Boies & Boies of Waterloo, Iowa. When the Spanish-American War was declared he enlisted as a private in Company B, Forty-ninth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and served during the war. He entered the Law Department of the State University of Iowa in the fall of 1899, from which he graduated and was admitted to the bar June 12, 1901. He at once began the practice of law at Waterloo, becoming associated with his brother, Elmer F. Feely, under the firm name of Feely & Feely. He was married to Delia Mae Burk of Waterloo, Iowa, October 19, 1904. He is prominent in lodge circles, being at the present time chancellor commander of the Knights of Pythias of Waterloo, Iowa. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Benjamin Franklin Felt

Representative from Clay county, was born at Galena, Jo Daviess county, Illinois, February 6, 1862, to which city his parents came at an early date from Plattsburgh, New York. His parents were American-born. His education was received in the public schools of Galena and one year at Lake Forest Academy. In 1881 he went to Storm Lake in the capacity of field agent for the Iowa Land and Investment Company of that place. Four years later he settled upon his farm in Clay township, Clay county, where for fourteen years he conducted a successful business in diversified farming. He was married in 1887 to Agnes Rae, daughter of Major George S. Avery of Galena, Illinois. In 1900 he removed to his present place of residence, a farm in Sioux township. Besides his farming interests in this and other States, he holds other positions of trust elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in Politics.

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Joel M. Fenn

Representative from Clarke county, was born at Marietta, Washington county, Ohio, August 9, 1844. His parents were American-born. He removed with his parents to Iowa In 1855, locating in Henry county near the town of Salem Here he acquired his education in the common schools and in the Normal School. He taught school for several terms in Henry county, when he moved to Clarke county, where he followed teaching for eight years. He quit teaching to take up farming and stock raising, which he followed successfully for some time, afterwards engaging in the nursery business. He has held various township offices. He was married in 1876 to Mary E. Jackson and to them have been born four sons and a daughter. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Christian N. Flugum

Representative from Winnebago county, was born in Sogn, Norway, January 17, 1859. He came to the United States with his parents in 1867 and settled on a farm in Dane county, Wisconsin. In 1873 he came with his father's family to Winnebago county, Iowa, and has since that time made that county his home. He was educated at the high school at Forest City, Iowa, and at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. He was for many years engaged in school work, having taught thirty-five terms of school. Later on he bought a farm and took up the business of farming, which he still follows. In 1886 he, with the aid of a few others, organized the Farmers' Mutual Fire and Lightning Insurance Association of Winnebago County and was elected to the office of secretary and manager of the newly-formed association, a position which he has held for eighteen years. He has acted as county agent for the Iowa Mutual Tornado Insurance Association for about twenty years, and for the Town Mutual since Its organization. He has served two terms as township clerk and is serving his third term on the school board. He was married to Miss Bertha Hermanson in 1892 and has a family of six boys and two girls. Is a member of the United Luthern Church and has served as secretary of his church for nearly twenty years. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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John Fox

Representative from Dallas county, was born at Bristol Inn Fields, a suburb of Leeds, Yorkshire, England, January 24, 1841. He came to America with his parents when four years old, settling in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania. Here he had the privileges of the schools of the city until he was thirteen years old, when he was compelled to begin work to help support the family. In 1855 he moved with his parents to a farm in Ohio. At the outbreak of the War of the Rebellion he enlisted, in August, 1881, in the Twentieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He served in the ranks from Donnellson to Shiloh and to the siege and capture of Vicksburg. January 1, 1864, he was transferred to clerical service with the Medical Purveyor's Department, where he served until the close of the war. He taught school in Ohio for a few terms before and after the war and also taught for a few terms after coming to Iowa. Came to Iowa when twenty-seven years old, living one year in Iowa county, then moving to Dallas county in 1869, where he has since lived. Since living in Dallas county he has put under cultivation over eight hundred acres of land, four hundred acres of which he still owns. He was engaged for a few years in the grain business and four years in the general mercantile business. He gave up his other business interests in 1880 and has since that time devoted his entire time to his farm and live stock interests. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Thomas Geneva

Representative from Keokuk county, was born at Leicester, Leicestershire, England, December 22, 1856, of English parents. The family emigrated from England to America in 1868 settling on a farm near What Cheer, Keokuk county, Iowa. His education was acquired in the rural schools and the What Cheer High School, supplemented by a course in the Oskaloosa Business College. Being the oldest boy in a family of eight children, it devolved upon him at the age of nine years to assist in making the living for the family. For some years he freighted goods from the nearest railroad town and in this way was brought in close relationship with the business men of his home town. His father being a butcher by trade, they started in the seventies in the meat business under the firm name of A. Geneva & Son, in the village of What Cheer. As the town grew their business prospered and they built up a trade in meats, canned goods and wholesale and retail salt. They also added the handling and shipping of live stock. In the midst of his business activities he has found time to actively engage in Sunday-School and church work, being identified with the First Methodist Episcopal Church of What Cheer for thirty-three years. He was township clerk two terms, alderman five terms, member of the school board three years. Was a member of the Democratic County Central Committee for four years. Elected a Representative in 1903 and re-elected in 1906, serving in the Thirtieth, Thirty-first and Thirty-second General Assemblies. A Democrat in politics.

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Charles G. Greenwood

Representative from Mills county, was born at Guilford, Piscataquis county, Maine, May 24, 1836, of English descent. He acquired his education in the common school, Faxcroft Academy and the State University of Wisconsin and attended Bryant & Stratton's Commercial College in Chicago. In 1857 he went to Illinois and from there to Madison, Wisconsin, to the university. He attended and taught school for several years. In 1861 he married Miss Apphia Trask, a native of Maine. In 1864 he located on a farm in Livingston county, Illinois, where he continued to live for thirteen years. While there he was elected supervisor ten times and held the office of justice of the peace for twelve years. In 1880 he moved to Silver City, Iowa, where he engaged in the grain and lumber business. In 1889 he took his son, C. D. Greenwood, into the business and has continued in the lumber business to the present date. In 1883 he was one of the incorporators of the Silver City State Bank and was its first president and has held that position ever since. Elected Representative In 1906. A Republican in politics.

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George E. Grier

Representative from Poweshiek county, was born on a farm in Poweshiek county, March 18, 1876, of American-born parents. He was raised on a farm and received his early education in the rural public schools. Graduated from the high school of Deep River in 1895 and the same year entered Iowa College at Grinnell, graduating in 1900. For two years he was principal of the high school at Deep River, and for the past four years has been connected with the State Bank of Deep River as cashier. He is an ardent and active Republican, having served on the Republican County Central Committee for the past four years, three years of which he has been its secretary. Elected Representative in 1906.

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Charles W. Hackler

Representative from Webster county, Iowa, was born in Adams county, Illinois, January 2, 1869, of American parentage. His family removed to Nuckolis county, Nebraska, In the spring of 1885. He received his early education in the common schools of Macón and Platt counties, Illinois, and graduated from the high school of Superior, Nebraska, In 1887. He taught in the common schools of Nuckolis county, Nebraska, for three years, then entered Iowa College at Grinnell in the fall of 1890, graduating from the classical course of that institution in 1894. During the succeeding three years he was superintendent of the public schools of New Sharon, Iowa. He entered the Law Department of the State University of Iowa in 1897 and graduated therefrom in 1898, at which time he was admitted to the practice of law. In the fall of 1898 he entered upon the practice of law at Fort Dodge. He was elected County Attorney of Webster county on the Republican ticket in the fall of 1899 and held that office two terms. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Albert F. N. Hambleton

Representative from Mahaska county, was born September 4, 1857, at Forest Home, Poweshiek county, Iowa. His parents were American-born. His education was acquired in the pioneer schools of Poweshiek county, the Preparatory Department of Iowa College at Grinnell, the Grinnell High School and Penn College at Oskaloosa, When fourteen years old his father's family moved to Oskaloosa. Here he began work as a clerk and bookkeeper in his father's store, afterwards entering the general mercantile, grain and live stock business at Springville, in Linn county, in partnership with his brother. While at Springville he held the offices of town recorder and secretary of the independent school district. In 1885 he moved to Oskaloosa, where he made a study of real estate law, and has since that time been engaged in the real estate business and as examiner of titles in the firm of Cowan, Hambleton & Loring Company. He was married in 1879 to S. Josepha Roberts. For seventeen years he has been a trustee of Penn College, at the present time being president of the board. Was president of the Iowa State Sunday-School Association from 1904 to 1906 and was sent as a delegate from that body to the international convention at Toronto, Canada. He has been a member of the Friends Church since boyhood. For three years he was a member of the Board of Supervisors of Mahaska county. He was elected Representative in 1903 and re-elected in 1906, serving in the Thirtieth, Thirty-first and Thirty-second General Assemblies. A Republican in politics.

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William H. Hanna

Representative from Benton county, was born at Garrison, Iowa, May 10, 1859, of Scotch descent and has lived in that vicinity since his birth. He was educated in the common schools. He began farming for himself at the age of twenty-two years. Was married at the age of twenty-four. Besides being a farmer, he is an extensive stock raiser and is identified with the following enterprises: A director in the Peoples Savings Bank, Vinton, and also the Greeley State Bank at Greeley, Nebraska, and a stockholder in the Farmers' Savings Bank of Garrison. He is also in the directorates of the Benton County Telephone Company and Benton County Agricultural Society and president of the Benton county branch of the Corn Belt Meat Producers' Association. Elected Representative in 1908. A Republican in politics.

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Thor O. Hanson

Representative from Humboldt county, was born in Dane county, Wisconsin, in 1859. His parents were natives of Norway. At the age of ten years he moved to Iowa with his parents and settled in Emmet county, where they farmed until their death a few years ago. He attended the rural schools until 1875, when he entered the Luther College at Decorah, Iowa. Three years later he finished the normal course of said college. He then engaged in teaching, devoting ten years to that profession in Emmet, Kossuth and Humboldt counties. From 1886 to 1892 he was engaged in general mercantile and real estate business. For the last fourteen years he has been connected with the State Bank of Bode as employee and officer. He owns several farms near Bode from which he derives most of his income. He was the first mayor of Bode and served fourteen years as school director. He is married and has seven children. He is a member of the Lutheran Church. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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William Lloyd Harding

Representative from Woodbury county, was born in Osceola county, Iowa, on his father's farm October 3, 1877. His father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. ?. ?. Harding, were natives of Pennsylvania and settled in Osceola county, Iowa, in 1874, being among the early settlers of that part of the State. He attended public schools until the age of sixteen, when he spent one winter at a normal school at LeMars, Iowa. The winter he was seventeen he taught in a country school. The practice of teaching in the winter and working on his father's farm during the summer was kept up until he was twenty years of age, when he attended a spring term at the Cedar Falls State Normal School. In August, 1896, he took employment as a clerk in a grocery store at Sibley, Iowa, remaining there until December, 1896, when he again took up the profession of teaching in a country school, where he remained until June, 1897. In September, 1897, he enrolled as a student at Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa. While in college at Morningside he was the founder of the college paper of that school. He purchased a printing plant and both edited and published the college paper, doing job work as well. Besides having charge of the college printing office, he was a special correspondent for the Sioux City papers and by these various means paid his expenses while in school. In 1902, having pursued his college course to the senior year, he took up the study of law in the law office of Senator John H. Jackson. After spending two years in that office, in September, 1904, he enrolled as a senior law student in the State University of South Dakota and was graduated in June, 1905. Immediately upon completing his law course, Mr. Harding opened a law office in Sioux City, Iowa, and has been practicing there since. In March, 1906, he formed a law partnership with O. T. Naglestad. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Mahlon Harvey

Representative from Osceola county, was born in Potsdam, New York, August 26, 1844. His parents were American-born. Received his education in the common schools of Potsdam. Followed the occupation of farming in New York until the year 1873, when he removed to Osceola county, Iowa, and engaged in the same work. Was secretary of the school board in his township for twenty-six years and for six years was a member of the board of township trustees. Elected Representative in 1906. A. Republican in politics.

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Philip Heles

Representative from Dubuque county, was born on the farm in Liberty township in said county on the twenty-seventh day of August, 1860, of German descent. His parents were among the early pioneers in the community. He has continued to live on the farm on which he was born and was educated in a rural school about forty rods from his home. It married and has a family of eight children and is prominent in social and business affairs of his locality. Is an active member of the Catholic Church at Luxemburg, Dubuque county. He held the office of Justice of the peace for six years and township trustee for ten years. Has been a member of the school board ever since he has become a citizen. Elected to the Legislature in the year 1903 and re-elected in the year 1906, serving during the Thirtieth, Thirty-first and Thirty-second General Assemblies. A Democrat in politics.

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William H. Hickey

Representative from Cherokee county, was born in Rochester, New York, in 1846 of Irish parentage. His education was received in the public schools of New York. At the age of fifteen he moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin, and in 1866 to Allamakee county, Iowa, where he resided until 1875, when he moved to Cherokee county, settling on a farm in Diamond township, where he has since resided. He was married in 1869 and has six children, three boys and three girls. He is a director of the First National Bank of Aurelia. Elected Representative in 1906. A Democrat in politics.

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Otis Halbert Holmes

Representative from Kossuth county, was born in Washington county, Iowa, October 6, 1869, of English and Scotch descent. He was educated in University of Kansas and Chicago, graduating from Chicago Geological Seminary in 1896. He was pastor of the Congregational Church of Cresco, Iowa, from 1896 to 1901, when he removed to Algona, Iowa, where he now resides, and is pastor of the Congregational Church in that city. He married Miss May Haskell, daughter of Congressman D. C. Haskell, of Kansas, June 9, 1896. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Thomas H. Hume

Representative from Mitchell county, was born at St. Ansgar, Mitchell county, Iowa, November 22, 1868, of Scotch descent. He has continued to live in this vicinity since his birth and was educated in the St. Ansgar public schools; also the St. Ansgar Seminary and Institute. Has followed various occupations since early manhood. Began as a farmer and stock buyer and in 1896 engaged in the lumber and coal business, in which he is still engaged; also in the grain business. Was married to Mamie S. Brown in 1894, has two daughters and one son. Has served as mayor, alderman, township trustee and was a member of the board of supervisors for two terms, resigning this to accept the office of Representative. Elected Representative in 1903 and re-elected in 1906, serving during the Thirtieth, Thirty-first and Thirty-second General Assemblies. A Republican in politics.

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Loren W. Inman

Representative from Floyd county, was born at Marble Rock, Iowa, July 28, 1870. His parents, of Scotch-English ancestry, settled on a farm in Floyd county in 1856. Worked on the farm until he was twenty-two years of age, when he entered the teacher's profession, which he followed for a. period of ten years. He acquired his education in Marble Rock public schools, Charles City College and Iowa State Normal School. Served as principal of Aurora public schools 1899-1900 and of Coggon public schools 1900-1902, when he was chosen president of Linn County Teachers' Association. Returned to Floyd county in 1902, assisting his father in management of the farm, yet devoting considerable time to school and ministerial labors. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Philo M. Jewell

Representative from Winneshiek county, Iowa, was born at Mount Vernon, Knox county, Ohio, January 1, 1848. His parents, who were natives of the United States, of English and German descent, removed to Carroll county, Illinois, in 1856. He grew up to manhood on a farm and was educated in the public schools and Mount Carroll High school. Taught school for several terms and began the study of medicine in 1870 in the medical department of the University of Michigan and graduated from said department in March, 1873. Has been continuously engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery ever since, over six years in Whiteside county, Illinois, and since November, 1880, in Winneshiek county, Iowa. Was appointed a member of the United States Pension Board for Winneshiek county in 1897, which position he still fills. Elected coroner in 1899, re-elected in 1901 and 1903, which office he vacated January 1, 1907. Was elected Representative November 6, 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Frank F. Jones

Representative from Montgomery county, was born in the State of New York August 25, 1855, of American parentage. His family moved to Illinois in 1863 and to Iowa in 1875. He acquired a high school education and at the age of eighteen began teaching school. After coming to Iowa he taught school and farmed for several years and then became a bookkeeper in a large hardware and agricultural implement store in Villisca. Remained in this store as bookkeeper and salesman seven or eight years and until he embarked in business on his own account. This venture proved a success and the "Jones Store," still owned by him, is now one of the largest hardware and implement stores in that part of the State. He is also cashier and active manager of the Villisca National Bank, which position he has filled during the last twelve years. Superintendent of the Methodist Episcopal Sunday-school in Villisca for many years. Has held office in the State Sabbath-School Association as state treasurer and afterward as chairman of the executive board. Previous to his election to the Legislature he had held no public office except a service of three terms on the city council. Elected Representative in 1903 and re-elected in 1906. In connection with his legislative work he was a member of the commission appointed by the Thirtieth General Assembly to visit the reformatories of the east and investigate the workings of the reformatory and indeterminate sentence systems of the country and report to the Thirty-first General Assembly. He was also a member of the Legislative insurance investigating commission of 1906. A Republican in politics.

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John H. Kelley

Representative from Polk county, was born in Pike county, Ohio, January 7, 1872, of American-born parentage. His parents moved in 1882 to Altoona, Polk county, Iowa, where he received his education in the public schools. At eighteen he became a teacher and later he became editor and proprietor of the Altoona Herald. He was married in 1891 to Kate Simpkins, who died in 1905, leaving three small sons to his care. For two years past he has devoted his time to real estate, having specialized on the sale of Canadian lands, where he has some landed interests. He resides and operates a farm at Altoona. Was first deputy sheriff of Polk county under George W. Mattern from 1900 to 1904 and during that time served two years as secretary and treasurer of the State Sheriffs' Association of Iowa. Has held the offices of city clerk, president of school board and various city and township offices. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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George A. Kellogg

Representative from Harrison county, was born at Missouri Valley, Iowa, May 19, 1872, of English and Scotch descendants. He acquired his education in the common and high schools of Missouri Valley and attended Cornell College at Mount Vernon, Iowa, for one year. He began work as clerk in a lumber and coal yard in 1889 and in 1895 entered the employ of the First National Bank of Missouri Valley, Iowa, of which institution he has been president since 1901. He was married April 10, 1901, to Ruth E. Noyes. Has held the office of city treasurer for a number of years and was chairman of the Republican county central committee for the years 1903, 1904 and 1905. Was elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Albert W. Kendall

Representative from Clinton county, was born May 3, 1857, at Maquoketa, Iowa, his father having been a native of England and his mother of the State of Virginia, The couple came west in the early history of the State, locating at Maquoketa. He received a common school education in the city of Maquoketa and the country schools of Jackson county, his father operating what was known as the Kendall stone quarry, four miles east of Maquoketa. In 1882 he was united in marriage to Miss Anna Kehn of Bloomfield township. Shortly after his marriage he moved to a farm just adjoining the corporate limits of Delmar, Clinton county, where he has since resided, following the vocation of farming. He is also a breeder of thoroughbred Chester White hogs. Has held the office of assessor for two terms. Elected Representative in 1906. A Democrat in politics.

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Nathan E. Kendall

Representative from Monroe county and Speaker of the House in the Thirty-second General Assembly, was born near Chariton, Iowa, on March 17, 1868, of American parentage, and received all the education he possesses in the rural schools of Lucas county. In 1887 he removed to Albia. Monroe county, where he has since been actively engaged in the practice of law. He was married April 20, 1896, to Miss Belle Wooden of Centerville. Prior to entering the Legislature he had served one term as city attorney of Albia, two terms as county attorney of Monroe county and three terms as member of the Republican state central committee from the Sixth Congressional District. He was first elected to the House in 1899 and has been returned biennially since that time. In the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth General Assemblies he was chairman of the House Committee on Mines and Mining and in the Thirtieth and Thirty-first General Assemblies he was chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary. At the organization of the Thirty-second General Assembly he was elected by acclamation to the office of Speaker of the House, receiving the unanimous support of Republicans and Democrats alike. A Republican in politics.

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George W. Koontz

Representative from Johnson county, was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, March 20, 1845, came to Iowa City, Johnson county, Iowa, in 1855. Was educated in the common and high schools of Iowa City, Iowa. Is married and has two children, a son and daughter. Was elected clerk of courts of Johnson county in 1874, re-elected in 1876-1878. Was elected county auditor in 1883 and served two terms in that office. In 1884 was admitted to the bar and was elected to fill vacancy as Representative in the Twenty-seventh General Assembly and has served continuously as a member in the Lower House of the General Assembly, to and including the Thirty-second General Assembly. Has been identified since 1888 with the banking interests of the State, and has been for some years past president of the Citizens' Savings and Trust Bank at Iowa City, Iowa. A Democrat in politics.

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Hermann Kull

Representative from Howard county, was born on a farm in the town of Bloomfield, Walworth county, Wisconsin, March 14, 1876, of German-American parentage. His grandparents were pioneers in southeastern Wisconsin at the opening of settlement there in 1837. He was educated in the district school, in the Lake Geneva High School and in the University of Wisconsin. Was married in the year 1900 and in the spring of that year removed to his farm near the town of Oregon, Howard county, where he has since been engaged in general farming. Elected Representative in 1906. A Democrat in politics.

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Nelson J. Lee

Representative from Emmet county, was born on a farm in High Lake township, in said county, March 11, 1873, of Norwegian parentage. His parents were among the pioneers of the county and his father held many positions of trust. He performed the many duties incident to farm life in the early days of the county and attended the district school in the winters until thirteen years of age, when he moved to the county seat, Estherville, Iowa, with his parents, where he attended high school until the year 1890. From 1890 until July, 1891, he worked in a newspaper office and was employed as salesman in a general store. In July, 1891, he moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where he attended Capital City Commercial College for a few months and next was employed as dress goods salesman in the department store of Lang Bros, until May, 1893, when he engaged in the retail grocery business in Des Moines with Mr. N. H. Brookover under the firm style of Brookover & Lee until May, 1897. He entered Iowa College of Law January 1, 1895, and completed full law course and graduated May 18, 1896. Was admitted to the bar at the same time. After disposing of his interest in the grocery business to his partner he moved back to Estherville, the old home. He attended Drake University one year, beginning with fall term of 1897, taking special work. He was next employed in the law offices of Dudley & Coffin and Dunshee & Allen, Des Moines, Iowa, until September, 1898, when he located at Esthervllle, where he has practiced continuously since. He was elected city solicitor in March, 1899, and held that office one term. He was elected county attorney of Emmet county in November, 1900, and was re-elected without opposition in 1902. Was married to Miss Maude Genevieve Deemer of Des Moines in May, 1902. He was the organizer and secretary of the Capital Park McKinley Club in Des Moines in 1896. He was nominated by the Republicans of Emmet county for representative in a direct primary in 1906 and elected by a satisfactory majority. He is a member of the State Bar Association and State Association of County Attorneys. He is a member of the M. W. A. and the Order of Elks, being exalted ruler of that order at Esthervllle. A Republican in politics.

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John Lister

Representative from Grundy county, was born at Hanover, Ill., October 6, 1854, of Scotch-Irish parentage. He attended the public school in the village of Hanover, assisting his father in the summer time with the farm work as he grew older, and attending school in the winter months. In 1870 he came with his parents to Grundy county, Iowa, where he continued to work on the farm in summer and attended the district school in the winter. In the winter of 1873-1874 he became a student of the German-English Normal College at Galena, Illinois, attending that Institution for four winters, continuing his active duties on the farm during the summer. While pursuing his college studies it was his intention to fit himself for and to enter the teaching profession, but after one winter spent at this work he decided definitely to continue his work on the farm. In 1879 he married Clara S. Edgerton; has two daughters and three sons. Has devoted all his energies to the management of his farm and for over twenty years has been largely interested in the breeding of Shorthorn cattle. Has served as trustee, township clerk and as county supervisor, serving also as township school treasurer for a number of years. Elected Representative in 1903 and re-elected without opposition in 1906, serving during the Thirtieth, Thirty-first and Thirty-second General Assemblies. A Republican in politics.

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Jason H. Lowrey

Representative from Calhoun county, was born at Lacon, Marshall county, Illinois, June 29, 1850. He is of Scotch-Irish descent on his father's side and German on his mother's side. Attended the common schools of Illinois until 1868, the time of the removal of his parents from Illinois to Iowa, after which he attended the high school at Fort Dodge, Iowa. For a few years thereafter he assisted in farming in the summer season and taught school in the winter season. Appointed postmaster at Pomeroy, Iowa, and served in that capacity for five years. Also served as mayor of this town for five years. Engaged in the banking and real estate business in Pomeroy in the year 1886 and has followed this business continuously since. He became president of the Pomeroy State Bank, which position he now holds. He has for many years been identified with the agricultural interests of his portion of the State. Elected Representative in 1903 and re-elected in 1906, and served during the Thirtieth, Thirty-first and Thirty-second General Assemblies. He took an active part in securing the passage of the present drainage laws of the State. A Republican in politics.

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John Mcallister

Representative from Linn county, was born November 8, 1840, in Armagh county. Ireland, and came with his parents to the United States in 1852. He received his education in the rural schools. He worked on the farm till the winter of 1861-1862, when he taught school, but before the term expired he enlisted in Company I, Sixty-ninth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was wounded at the battle of Stone River and was taken prisoner on the thirty-first day of December, 1862. Was sent to Libby prison at Richmond, Virginia, but was soon exchanged and rejoined his regiment before it started on the campaign to Chattanooga. He participated in the battles of Tullahoma, Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge. In the early spring of 1864 he re-enlisted as a veteran and shortly after was severely wounded, being shot through the neck at the battle of Resaca, Georgia, May 14, 1864. The wound in the neck injured his voice so that it has been difficult for him to speak ever since. After recovering from his wound he rejoined his regiment and was on the March to the Sea and through the Carolinas and on to Washington. Was on the grand review at Washington May 23, 1866, and was mustered out with his regiment at Louisville, Kentucky, July 17, 1865. Attained the rank of sergeant in the army. Came to Iowa in 1866 and has devoted most of his time to farming and raising stock. Was married in 1871 and has eight children. He has held all the various township offices and was elected Representative from Linn county in 1903 and re-elected in 1906, and has served in the Thirtieth, Thirty-first and Thirty-second General Assemblies. He has retired from active farm life and now lives in the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A Republican in politics.

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Edward Mcdonald

Representative from Carroll county, was born on a farm in Highland township, Guthrie county, March 17, 1862, of Irish parents. Was educated in the district school of Highland township. He continued to live on a farm and was a successful farmer and stock raiser until 1896, when he retired from farming and moved to Coon Rapids, where he now resides. In 1896 he engaged in the mercantile business. In 1900 sold stock of goods and engaged in live stock business, in which he is still active. In 1894, with others, organized a State Savings Bank at Coon Rapids and was made vice president. In 1900 this bank was incorporated as the First National Bank, of which he was continued as vice president. Was married February 15, 1885. Is a member of the Knights of Columbus and Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. Elected Representative in 1906. A Democrat in politics.

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William W. Mcelrath

Representative from Woodbury county, was born in the north of Ireland, of Scotch parents, in 1848. Came to America in 1849, lived in Montgomery county. New York, until 1853, when he moved to Whiteside county, Illinois. Attended a country school until he was fifteen years old. Then went to the Methodist College at Mount Morris, Illinois, after which he took a business course at the Bryant & Stratton College in Chicago. Came to Iowa in 1881 and located on a farm, where he still lives, and is engaged in farming and banking. Was a member of the board of supervisors of Woodbury county in 1887-1890. Elected Representative in 1903 and re-elected in 1906. Served during the Thirtieth, Thirty-first and Thirty-second General Assemblies. A Republican in politics.

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Orville K. Maben

Representative from Hancock county, was born on a farm in the northern part of Hancock county March 12, 1868, of American parentage. He has continued to live in this county since his birth. He attended the rural schools, afterwards attended an academy for a few terms and received a business course at the Northern Business College, at that time located at Garner, Iowa. He early engaged in the work of farming and has followed that occupation ever since. Elected Representative in 1903 and re-elected in 1906. Served during the Thirtieth, Thirty-first and Thirty-second General Assemblies. A Republican in politics.

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Asahel Mann

Representative from Fremont county, was born in Hendricks county, Indiana, December 4, 1842. Moved with parents to Fremont county, Iowa, in 1851. Attended district school and was in school at Tabor, Iowa, at the breaking out of the Civil War. Enlisted in Company A, Fourth Iowa Cavalry, August 10, 1861; appointed fifth sergeant of this company on muster in. Promoted to third sergeant November 1, 1862. Re-enlisted as veteran December 12, 1863, promoted to first sergeant January 1, 1864, first lieutenant January 20, 1865. Captured in action at Jones' Lane, Arkansas, October 11, 1862, returned paroled November 8 and exchanged and returned to service December 1, 1862. Served in the field throughout the war, often in command of the company. His home has been continuously on the same farm for fifty-five years. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Charles L. Marston

Representative from Cerro Gordo county, was born in Seward, Winnebago county, Illinois, February 6, 1870, of American parentage. His father and grandfather were soldiers in the Civil War and his great grandfather was a soldier in the War of the Revolution and was wounded at the battle of Bunker Hill. He was raised on the farm and attended the district school until he was sixteen years old. Then entered the Rockford, Illinois, High School, where he attended one year. Then worked in a drug store, studying by himself and with a preceptor until twenty years old, when he entered Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois. Graduated from this college when twenty-three years old and came immediately to Mason City, Iowa, and began the practice of medicine and surgery and has continued the same to the present time. Has held no office except that of health officer of Mason City and has not been a candidate for any. Was married in 1890 and has two daughters, thirteen and nine years of age. Owns a farm and manages it himself and maintains a herd of registered Shorthorn cattle. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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John Burrows Mason

Representative from Lee county, was born in Davenport, Iowa. May 20, 1856, the youngest of six children born to Rev. James Dinsmore Mason, an Iowa pioneer Presbyterian minister, and his wife, Anna Lyon Blaine, native Pennsylvanians. Attended the Davenport public schools until 1871, when he removed to Fort Madison, Lee county, there learning the printer's trade, in which he has since been engaged. Held the office of ward alderman in Fort Madison from 1888 to 1892. Married and has four children. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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James Mercer

Representative from Pocahontas county, was born at Gait, Ontario, Canada, April 26, 1847, of Scotch parentage. In 1855 he moved with his parents to Cascade, Dubuque county, Iowa, where he remained until twenty years of age. After attending the public school he spent two years in the academy. On October 24, 1864, he became a member of Company M, Sixth Iowa Cavalry. After his return from the army he found employment in the furniture business. In the spring of 1875 he moved to a farm in Cedar township, Pocahontas county, where he now resides. He served as township clerk from 1879 to 1883 and 1887 to 1889 and has been secretary of the school board since 1889. Was a member of the board of county supervisors from 1883 to 1886. In 1889 he was elected Representative on the Republican ticket to the Twenty-third General Assembly of Iowa from the Seventy-seventh district, composed of Clay and Pocahontas counties, and again elected November 6, 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Camben A. Meredith

Representative from Cass county, was born on a farm near Corydon, Iowa, December 10, 1863, of American parentage. A few years thereafter his parents removed to Corydon, where they continued to reside for about six years, when they again sought farm life, and for many years thereafter resided on a farm a short distance east of Corydon. He received his education in the country schools first and later in the high schools of Allerton, Iowa, and still later ?s ? student of Fort Edward Collegiate Institute at Fort Edward, New York, from which institution he graduated in June, 1885. In the fall of 1885 he entered the law department of the State University of Iowa, from which he graduated in the class of 1887. Located at Atlantic for the practice of his chosen profession and in March, 1892, formed a copartnership with L. L. DeLano under the firm name of DeLano & Meredith. Was married in 1889 to Miss Anna King of Corydon. Elected city attorney of Atlantic in 1892 and re-elected in 1894. Elected county attorney of Cass county in 1896 and re-elected in 1898. His copartnership relation with Mr. DeLano continued until the decease of the latter in November, 1905. At a special election held on December 19, 1905, he was elected Representative to fill out the unexpired term caused by the death of Mr. DeLano, and served during the Thirty-first General Assembly. Re-elected in 1906. Is a member of M. W. A. A Republican in politics.

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Charles W. Miller

Representative from Bremer county, was born in Buchanan county, Iowa, December 11, 1861, of German parentage. Soon after his birth his parents removed to Waverly, Bremer county, which has since been his home. Attended the public schools and learned the printer's trade. Has been editor of the Waverly Democrat for the past twenty years. Was postmaster of his city during the administration of Grover Cleveland. He became a member of the Democratic State Central Committee In 1904 and was re-elected in 1906. Was secretary of that body during the first term of his incumbency and became its chairman in 1906, directing the vigorous and almost successful campaign of that year. Besides his newspaper business, to which he gives his personal attention, he is interested in various successful enterprises in his city. A Democrat in politics.

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Simon Miller

Representative from Dubuque county, was born on a farm in Grant county, Wisconsin, February 5, 1861, of German parentage. He lived in this vicinity, doing farm work, until he was twenty-one years of age. Subsequently he worked on farms in Iowa and the Dakotas. In 1886 he permanently located in the city of Dubuque. During his residence in Dubuque, from 1886 to 1891, he was a day laborer and was for two years employed as stationary engineer in a local factory, after which he was a teamster until two years ago. In 1904 he was elected business agent for the Teamsters' Union, Local No. 667, I. B. of T., of Dubuque, Iowa, of which local union he has been president for the last three years. Has been president of the Dubuque Trades and Labor Congress for two years and district organizer of the American Federation of Labor. He has always been active in labor circles. Elected Representative in 1906. A Democrat in politics.

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Ernest R. Moore

Representative from Linn county, was born in Anamosa, Jones county, Iowa, November l, 1869. He moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with his parents in 1877 and has since resided in that city. He is of Scotch-Irish stock, his parents settling in Iowa in the early fifties. Received his education in the common and high schools of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, supplemented by private instruction. Served upwards of ten years in the Iowa National Guard, resigning his commission in the fall of 1897. On the outbreak of the Spanish-American war he enlisted in Company C, Forty-ninth Iowa, as a private, and was afterwards commissioned as first lieutenant and quartermaster, serving on the staff in that capacity and seeing service in the United States and Cuba. Is a banker by profession, being vice-president of the Fidelity Trust & Savings Bank of Cedar Rapids. Also interested in manufacturing and wholesaling. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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James Findlet Morris

Representative from Sioux county, was born October 23, 1854, in Peoria county, Illinois, of Scotch and Welch parentage. His parents came to Black Hawk county, Iowa, in the spring of 1855, locating on a farm his father entered from the government. He attended school but little during his boyhood days, as his father's health was poor and he had to devote his time to work on the farm. When twenty years old he attended school for two terms at Hopkinton, Delaware county, afterwards teaching for a term in the country district school. After his term of teaching he attended high school for three years. In 1881 he moved to Sioux county. He devotes his time to farming and stock raising. Was married in 1879 and has a family of four boys and three girls. He has held the office of school director for ten years and school treasurer for fifteen years. Was elected Representative in 1903 and re-elected in 1906, serving in the Thirtieth, Thirty-first and Thirty-second General Assemblies. A Republican in politics.

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Benjamin T. Nix

Representative from Union county, was born in Ohio county, Kentucky, September 15, 1840. Parents were natives of Tennessee, his father being an itinerant Methodist preacher. He was educated in the district schools, completing the course in Funk's Seminary at LaGrange, Kentucky. Taught two terms of school. When the war broke out he recruited a company, which was assigned to duty as Company B, Thirty-second Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, a nine months' regiment, but served a year, was mustered out by reason of expiration of service. Re-enlisted the company, filling it up to 101 men, and again entered the army as Company D, Fifty-third Kentucky Mounted Infantry, and served in the Army of the Cumberland until the close of the war. In the fall of 1868 he came to Iowa, stopping first thirteen miles west of Burlington. In 1870 he followed the Burlington route west, locating on a farm near Woodburn, in Clarke county, remaining there five years. In the spring of 1875 he moved to Union county, locating on a farm six miles south of Creston, in Platte township. In the fall of 1880 was elected clerk of the circuit and district courts of Union county, moving to Afton January 1, 1881. This office he filled for eight years. In January, 1889, he returned to his farm, remaining until 1892, when he moved back to Afton, going into the Citizens' Bank as assistant cashier, remaining there three years, when he moved to the farm on which he now lives, just east of town. He has a wife and one married daughter. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Masonic and I. O. O. F. fraternities at Afton, Iowa. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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John F. Offill

Representative from Jasper county, was born in Carter county, Kentucky, March 17, 1844, of American-born parents. Was raised on a farm and attended common school until the outbreak of the war, when he enlisted in 1861 in the Tiger Home Guards to protect homes in that part of Kentucky. Served until March, 1863, in that service, then moved with his parents to Jasper county, Iowa, and enlisted as a recruit in the Third Iowa Cavalry. Mustered out July, 1865. After the war he engaged in the sawmill and lumber business until 1874, then went into the grain and live stock business. Has been farming and feeding cattle and hogs for the past six years. Was an alternate delegate to the national convention at St. Louis in 1896. Was elected Representative in 1903 and re-elected in 1906. Served during the Thirtieth, Thirty-first and Thirty-second General Assemblies. A Republican in politics.

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Clifford B. Paul

Representative from Jones county, was born of American parents near the village of Onslow, Jones county, Iowa, June 9, 1877. His education was received in the rural schools, the high school at Wyoming and at Lenox College, from which institution he graduated in 1898. In college he took active part in all student affairs and for two years edited the college paper. The year following graduation he was employed as principal of schools at Coggon, and in 1899 elected county superintendent of Jones county, which position he held for seven years. He has been an active member of the Iowa State Teachers' Association, having served as president of the County Superintendents' Association and as a member of the educational council. Has often appeared on educational programs and has been a frequent contributor to the educational press. He expects to enter the legal profession in the near future. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Henry L. Pierce

Representative from Buena Vista county, was born of American parents at Belleville, Illinois, March 19, 1867. When thirteen years old he came to Clay county, where he received a common school education and taught school. Later he removed to Buena Vista county, where he taught school, took a short business course in Buena Vista College at Storm Lake and secured a position with the Bank of Linn Grove, where he has been engaged for the past thirteen years. Elected Representative in 1906. A Democrat in politics.

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Clint L. Price

Representative from Warren county, was born of American parentage In Vermillion county, Illinois, May 13, 1859, and came with his parents to Warren county in the fall of the same year. Attended the graded schools until he was fourteen years old, when he entered the Tribune office as an apprentice, remaining in the office for more than seven years. Later published the Motor at Milo five years and a half, three years and a half in Arkansas, ten years and four months published the Louisa County Democrat at Wapello, Iowa, and January 1, 1902, returned to Indianola and purchased the Advocate-Tribune. At the Democratic State convention held at Waterloo in 1906 he was elected member of the Democratic State central committee from the Seventh Congressional District. Elected Representative in 1906. A Democrat in politics.

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Robert J. Reanet

Representative from Louisa county, was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, July 21, 1866, of Scotch-Irish parentage. He emigrated with his parents to the United States in 1863, settling first at Chester, Pennsylvania, from whence they came to Louisa county, Iowa, in 1871. He attended the public schools of Chester up to 1871. On coming to Louisa county his parents settled on a farm adjoining the town of Fredonia, where he worked for two years. At the age of seventeen years he was apprenticed as a carpenter and worked at this trade for thirteen years. On January 16, 1887, he was married to Miss Belle Eliason of Muscatine county, Iowa. Engaged in farming for a year and then moved to Columbus Junction, Iowa, where he has since resided. He first engaged in the clothing business for three years and in 1891, with his brother-in-law, Charles Eliason, purchased a lumber yard and has since that time been continuously engaged in dealing in lumber, lime and coal. Has served in numerous local offices. First as school treasurer of Concord township in 1878, as mayor of Columbus Junction in 1889 and 1890, as a member of the city council of Columbus Junction for six years and member of its school board three years. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Henry H. Reitz

Representative from Lee county, was born In Brooklyn, New York, November 6, 1854. His parents were born in Germany. He attended school in his home city until his father's family came to Iowa in 1867. In 1868 they moved to Franklin, Lee county, where he worked on a farm in the summer months and attended high school in the winter. He was married in 1876 to Matilda Voenkahl of Primrose, Iowa. He has a family of six children, three girls and three boys. Has been a member of the school board for twenty years and has held various township offices. Elected Representative in 1906. A Democrat in politics.

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Henry Ritter

Representative from Des Moines county, was born October 19, 1852, at Fort Madison, Lee county, Iowa, of German parentage. He received his education at a parochial school and business college at Fort Madison. Came to Burlington, Des Moines county, at the age of twenty years. His first occupation was that of clerk and bookkeeper in a large retail and wholesale grocery. He remained with this firm until 1876, when he started a brickyard on Sunny Side avenue, where he employed a great many men making all kinds of building brick for Iowa and Illinois markets. After some twenty-seven years in this business he sold his brickyard in 1904 and retired from active business. Was married to Miss Minnie Vormerk November 28, 1876. Has held the office of alderman-at-large for four consecutive terms (eight years). Elected Representative in 1903 and re-elected in 1906. Served during the Thirtieth, Thirty-first and Thirty-second General Assemblies. A Democrat in politics.

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John Schoenenberger

Representative from Madison county, was born in Fairfield county, Ohio, June 5, 1850, of German parents. In 1855 he came with his parents to Madison county, Iowa, where he has since made his home. He was married to Lavina C. Travis March 10, 1875; has four sons and one daughter. Received his education in district schools and out of books at home. Has followed the occupation of farming. Has held various offices. Elected township assessor in 1876, which he held six years. He held the offices of township clerk and township trustee for a number of years. Was district township school treasurer thirteen years. Elected Representative in 1906. A Democrat in politics.

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Henry C. Schroeder

Representative from Crawford county, was born in Germany October 15, 1854, where he attended school until he was fifteen years of age. He emigrated to this country in 1870 and until 1878 was engaged in farming in Illinois and attending rural and private (evening) schools. In 1878 he moved to Iowa, locating in Crawford county. In the fall of 1896 he was elected township clerk and was re-elected in 1898. In 1900 he was elected member of the board of Supervisors and was re-elected in 1903. Elected Representative in 1906. A Democrat in politics.

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George H. Schulte

Representative from Clayton county, was born January 21, 1866, on a farm near Garnavillo, Clayton county, Iowa, where his father, J. H. Schulte, still resides. He is of German descent, his parents both coming to this country when mere children. His boyhood days were spent on the farm and at the age of about nineteen he began teaching in the public schools of Iowa and continued this work while he was educating himself for his profession. . During his career as a teacher he was principal of the schools of Clayton, Iowa, and Hedrick, Iowa. In 1890 he graduated from the Iowa State College with the degree of Bachelor of Science and in 1891 attended the law department of the State University of Iowa. He was admitted to the bar in 1894 and is now in active practice at Elkader, Iowa. He has always taken great interest in the affairs of his town, serving on the school board and for three successive terms as mayor. Elected Representative in 1906. A Democrat in politics.

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John D. Shaffer

Representative from Fayette county, was born of American parentage in Black Hawk county, Iowa, May 18, 1858. He acquired his education in the district school with the exception of two terms at Western College and two terms at Upper Iowa University in the county in which he lives. He was raised on a farm and at the present time is engaged in farming and breeding of Percheron horses and Shorthorn cattle. He held the office of township assessor, was county supervisor six years. Is vice-president of the Wadena Savings Bank. Elected Representative in 1903 and re-elected in 1906. Served during the Thirtieth, Thirty-first and Thirty-second General Assemblies. A Republican in politics.

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Frank E. Sheldon

Representative from Ringgold county, was born of American parentage in said county October 3, 1866. His father settled in Ringgold county in 1855. What education he has was obtained in the district schools. He was married in 1895 and since June, 1890, has been in the real estate, loan and brokerage business. Prior to that time he lived on a farm. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Edwin J. Sidey

Representative from Adair county, was born at Coldsprings, Ontario, Canada, November 21, 1862, of Scotch and Irish descendants. His education was acquired in the common schools of Canada, afterwards in the printing office. At the age of fourteen years he came with his parents to Greenfield, Adair county, Iowa; soon afterwards he went to Creston, where he finished his apprenticeship in the printing office. For two years worked in Chicago and Boston. Returning to Creston, Iowa, bought the Commonwealth, a weekly newspaper. Conducted it for two years as a weekly and seven years as a daily and weekly. Disposed of the Commonwealth, which was merged into the Daily Advertiser of that city. While In Creston served as city clerk and clerk of the superior court for two years. In 1889 he founded the Adair County Democrat and has been publisher of that newspaper ever since. In 1904 he was selected by his party to represent the Ninth Congressional District in the national Democratic convention held in St. Louis. He is president of the Commercial Club of Greenfield and takes an active part in the progress of his town and county. Elected Representative in 1906. A Democrat in politics.

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John R.Smith

Representative from Wright county, was born in the town of Roxbury, Delaware county, New York, January 27, 1838, of Scotch descent He received his education at the district school and the Delaware Literary Institute, and for several years followed the occupation of school-teaching in New York and New Jersey, coming to Iowa in 1880, buying land In Wright county, which he improved and continues to hold. Was for fourteen years engaged in the banking business in Eagle Grove. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Clyde G. Sparks

Representative from Wapello county, was born at Belle Plaine, Kansas, September 14, 1879, of American parents. Removed about two years afterward to Iowa, from which State his parents had moved to Kansas. Common school education obtained at Batavia, Iowa. Admitted to the Iowa bar May 14, 1901, practiced a few months at Williamsburg, Iowa, located at Eldon October, 1901. Appointed city solicitor for Eldon April 10, 1904; again April 10, 1905, and was elected to same position March 27, 1906. Elected Representative in 1906. A Democrat in politics.

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Louis F. Springer

Representative from Buchanan county, was born in Berks county, Pennsylvania, of American parents, in 1853. He is a graduate of Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, and has resided at Independence, Iowa, for the past twenty-seven years, being engaged in the practice of law. He has held the office of mayor and city attorney of Independence and has served as Representative from Buchanan county in the Twenty-ninth, Thirtieth, Thirty-first and Thirty-second General Assemblies of Iowa. A Democrat in politics.

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J. Warren Stewart

Representative from Washington county, was born of American-born parents in Dearborn county, Indiana. September 6, 1846. Came to Louisa county March, 1856; lived there until September, 1865, moving with his father's family to Washington county. Worked on farm until May 1, 1867, then started with two companions and a four-mule team for the Pacific coast, spending two years in Idaho, Washington and Oregon. Returned to Iowa May, 1869. Broke prairie during the summer, attended academy and commercial school in Iowa City during winter of 1869 and 1870. Commenced buying and shipping stock from Ainsworth, Iowa, fall of 1870, and worked there until May. 1872. Came to Keota, fed, shipped and handled stock ever since. Was married to Naomi Stoutner in 1875 and built a home across the line in Washington county, where he still lives. Elected Representative in 1906. A Democrat in politics.

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Paul E. Stillman

Representative from Greene county, was born in Chicago, Illinois, November 4, 1868, of native born parents. He received his early education in the schools of Chicago and of Waucoma, Iowa, where his father engaged in the business of milling. In 1884 the family removed to Jefferson, in Greene county, where the father, E. B. Stillman, became proprietor of the Jefferson Bee. In 1887 he entered the State University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, and graduated with degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1891. Since that time he has been connected with the Jefferson Bee as editor and part owner. Has never held public office until elected Representative on November 6, 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Adolph H. Stoltenberg

Representative from Scott county, was born in Blue Grass township, Scott county, Iowa, September 14, 1863, of German parentage. His parents were among the early pioneers of Iowa, settling in Davenport in 1846. He acquired his education in the common schools of the county and the Davenport Business College. He was married in 1886 and settled on a farm, from which he retired fifteen years later, and moved to Davenport, where he became connected with several manufacturing concerns, namely, the Davenport Malt and Grain Company and the Moline Voting Machine Company, being also an extensive land owner. He devotes most of his time to the care of his farms and other Interests. He was elected to the Legislature in November, 1903, and was re-elected in 1906, serving in the Thirtieth, Thirty-first and Thirty-second General Assemblies. A Republican in politics.

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John B. Sullivan

Representative from Polk county, was born of American parentage at Afton, Union county, Iowa, on December 9, 1869. His parents were early settlers of Union county and still reside at Creston. His early education was obtained at the Afton schools, later he attended St. Benedict's College at Atchison, Kansas, and Notre Dame University, where he graduated from the collegiate department in the class of 1891. In 1892 he entered the law department of the State University of Iowa and was graduated and admitted to practice in 1894. He immediately located at Creston and commenced the practice of his profession. In 1895 he was elected city solicitor of the city of Creston and in 1896 county attorney of Union county. Removed to Des Moines in 1899, where he has since been engaged in the practice of law. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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George W. Swan

Representative from Appanoose county, was born in Green county, Pennsylvania, in 1874. His parents were American born. In 1875 his parents moved to Appanoose county, Iowa, settling in John's township, afterward removing to Independence. He was licensed to preach in the Baptist church when nineteen years old and was ordained when twenty-two. He now serves Hopewell church in Wapello county and Liberty church in Davis county. He has held the offices of constable, justice of the peace and deputy sheriff in his home township and county. For six years he served his party as township committeeman. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Curran F. Swift

Representative from Shelby county, was born near Bloomfield, Davis county, Iowa, March 16, 1861, of English parentage. He attended the rural schools of his native county until 1878, when he entered the Bloomfield graded school for one term, at the close of which he matriculated at the Southern Iowa Normal and Commercial Institute, in which he pursued a course in science until June, 1881. On September 5 of that year he commenced his first term of school in what was then known as Round Grove district, five miles south of Pulaski. In March, 1882, he went to Shelby county, where he has since resided. From 1882 until the fall of 1886 he taught school. At the annual election of the latter year he was elected county superintendent of schools, to which office he was three times elected in succession. In 1892 he was the caucus nominee of his party in the Twenty-fourth General Assembly for the position of Assistant Secretary of the Senate and served as such throughout that session. Soon after this he opened a real estate and abstract office in Harlan and has followed this business, together with operating his farm, up to the present time. In the spring of 1905 he was elected mayor of Harlan to fill a vacancy for a period of one year, declining another nomination to this office. Is now serving his tenth year on the school board of his city. Has a wife and four children. Elected Representative in 1906. A Democrat in politics.

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Lorenzo D. Teter

Representative from Marion county, was born of American parentage on a farm in this county March 9, 1870. His grandfather, a native of Ohio, was one of the pioneers of Iowa, having originally settled in Van Buren county, but later removed to Marion county, where the family has since resided. His education was acquired in the common schools, the Des Moines Baptist College, the Rochester (N. T.) Business College and the law department of the State University of Iowa, being a member of the law class of 1900. Since that time he has been engaged in the practice of law at Knoxville. Prior to entering the law department of the State University he spent a number of years as a teacher in normal and business colleges. He was first elected to the Legislature In 1903, re-elected in 1906. Served during the Thirtieth, Thirty-first and Thirty-second General Assemblies. A Republican in politics.

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George H. Van Houten

Representative from Taylor county, was born February 24, 1847, in Atchison county, Missouri, of American parentage. Moved to Madison county, Iowa, in 1848, to Cass county in 1852 and to Taylor county in 1855, where he has since resided. Enlisted in 1863 in the Twenty-ninth Iowa Infantry and in the Eighth Cavalry, but was rejected in both on account of youth. Enlisted January 1, 1864, in the Fourth Missouri Cavalry and was discharged July 5, 1865. Became a plainsman and later returned and went to school at different times for several years. Married, December 22, 1866. Has been farmer, stock raiser, horticulturist, nurseryman and was for twenty-five years secretary of the Southwestern Iowa Horticultural Society and at two different times secretary of the State Horticultural Society and for several years each time, and, later, for three years was Secretary of Agriculture of Iowa. Was local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church and later went to Alaska as special agent of the treasury department, and for more than two years was in the revenue service in Alaska, and after returning spent some time in the Canadian country. Has traveled extensively and at different times lectured on travels and other subjects. At various times has been engaged in newspaper work and is now engaged in editorial work and real estate and exchange business at Lenox, near which place he settled many years before Lenox was started. In 1891 was the Republican nominee for Lieutenant-Governor. Elected Representative in 1895 and re-elected in 1897, serving during the Twenty-sixth, Twenty-sixth extra and Twenty-seventh General Assemblies. Elected Representative again in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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David D. Webster

Representative from Muscatine county, was born in Louisa county in 1858 and came with his parents to Muscatine county when six years of age. His education was acquired n the country schools, supplemented by a thorough course of home study. He secured a teacher's certificate and after teaching school for a few terms invested the money thus earned in a small portion of what is now known as Evergreen Farm, situated on the beautiful Muscatine Island, famous for its melons and sweet potatoes. He has held the offices of secretary and treasurer of the school board, assessor and member of the board of supervisors. He is an active member of several fraternal orders, including K. of P., K. O. T. M., M. W. A. and C. of H. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Elbert Wright Weeks

Representative from Guthrie county, was born near Painesville, Lake county, Ohio, October 7, 1850. His father was born on Long Island, New York. His mother was born in Canada. Both came to the "Western Reserve" during their early lives. In 1855, the family came to Iowa and settled on land purchased from the government in Green township, in Iowa county. He worked on the farm, attended district school, winters, and in 1870 and 1871 attended a few terms at McClain's Academy, at Iowa City. In September, 1872, he entered the law department of the University, and graduated the following June. The winter of 1873 and 1874 he spent in the law office of Yocum, Anderson & Robb in Albia, Iowa. In September of 1874 he was in David City, Nebraska. In May following, returned to Iowa; taught school in winter of 1876 and 1876, and in May, 1878, came to Guthrie Center and began the practice of law, and has been actively engaged therein ever since. Was a delegate from Seventh district to National convention that nominated Hon. James G. Blaine, in 1884. Four years later was an alternate to the National convention that nominated Hon. Benjamin Harrison. Was secretary of National Republican League from 1902 to 1906. Elected Representative in 1903 and re-elected in 1906. Served during the Thirtieth, Thirty-first and Thirty-second General Assemblies. A Republican in politics.

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William Welden

Representative from Hardin county, was born of American parents in the village of Highland, Iowa county, Wisconsin, December 8, 1845. In early Infancy he was taken by his grandparents to Mifflin, Wisconsin, and by them reared until fourteen years of age, when his grandfather died, throwing him upon his own resources, for his support and education and the support of his grandmother. When seventeen years of age, he aspired to become a teacher; walking twelve miles to the office of County Superintendent, he secured the proper certificate, and walked home the same evening, but his career as a teacher was of short duration. Early in 1864 his father, a volunteer officer in the Union army, returned to secure recruits and he, with an elder brother, enlisted with him in Company C, 43rd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, continuing in the service until the close of the war, the father as lieutenant, the elder brother as a sergeant, and he as a corporal. He at once returned to the farm work in the fall and taught school the ensuing winter. Then, with the small capital saved, formed a partnership, opened a general country store in his home town, Mifflin. Closing out his Interest in this business in 1868, he removed to Iowa Falls, Iowa, and for a year was engaged with his father in the building of depots on the Cedar Falls and Minnesota branch of the Illinois Central railroad. In the following year he, with his father, went into the mercantile business in Iowa Falls, Iowa, which business has ever since engrossed his attention. With the opening of his business, he was appointed and served as deputy postmaster for two years, and thereafter became postmaster and served as such for twelve consecutive years. At the general election of 1903 he was chosen Representative from Hardin county on the Independent ticket, and was re-elected on the Republican ticket as its regular nominee in 1906. In the year 1885 he was made a Master in Masons Home Lodge No. 192 at Iowa Falls, Iowa; soon after received the Chapter Degrees in the Evergreen Chapter No. 55, Eldora, Iowa. In the same year he was knighted in the St. Elmo Commandery, ?. ?., No. 48, at Iowa Falls, Iowa, after holding the various official positions in the Commandery, he became Eminent Commander and served in that capacity for several years. ?s ? member of the Grand Commandery of Iowa, he served in various positions, and in 1904 was elected its Grand Commander, and in that capacity had charge of the pilgrimage of Iowa Templars to attend the triennial held at San Francisco in September, 1904. A Republican in politics.

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George C. White

Representative from Story county, was born in Blue Mound township, McLean county, Illinois, December 6, 1865, of American parentage. The White family were among the earliest settlers in central Illinois. He received his education in the public schools and in the Illinois State Normal University. After completing the work at the State Normal, he engaged in teaching for a period of three years, but being firmly convinced there was a great future for the farmer, quit teaching and for seventeen years was an active and successful farmer. During the past year he has been engaged in the grain and coal business in Nevada. He has been a resident of Story county fourteen years. Has only held township offices—clerk, trustee and president of school board. Has taken an active part in the Farmers' Institutes, Meat Producers' Association, Farmers' Grain Company, and Story County Agricultural Society. Is director in State Farmers' Grain Dealers' Association. Was married to Ida May Chalfant in 1890. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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Ward Wilson

Representative from Tama county, Iowa, was born in Perry township. Tama county, Iowa, September 17, 1865, of Scotch parentage. He has continued to live in the same vicinity since. Was educated at the country school and the Iowa Agricultural College. Was married September 14, 1905, to Miss Anna Stevenson. He was brought up a Presbyterian and belongs to that church. He has been a farmer and a breeder of Short-Horn cattle and Clydesdale horses for the last twenty-five years. Elected Representative in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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John L. Wolfe

One of the Representatives from Clinton county, was born In DeWitt in said county July 31, 1879. His parents were pioneers of Iowa, his mother being a native of the State, and his father, who was born in Illinois, came with his parents into the State in 1852. His early education was acquired in the public schools, graduating from the Clinton city high school in 1897. He then attended the college of St Mary's, Kansas, taking a classical course, graduating in 1901 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He then attended the Georgetown University in Washington, D. C., taking a post-graduate course, and received from that institution the degree of Master of Arts In 1902. He took a law course in Georgetown University, graduating therefrom with the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1904. He took the examination for admission to the bar before the Supreme Court in October, 1904, and was then admitted to the practice of law. He formed a partnership with his father, under the firm name of Wolfe & Wolfe, in the practice of his profession, in Clinton in 1904. March 1, 1906, he went to Europe and entered the University of Berlin, taking a course of lectures on the municipal laws of Germany and in political economy, and perfecting himself in the German language. While in Germany he was by the Democrats nominated and elected to the House of Representatives, November 1, 1906. He returned from Europe in January 1907, in time to take his seat as such Representative. A Democrat in politics.

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Charles Youde

Representative from O'Brien county, was born at Wem. Shropshire, England, August 8. 1857. He moved to Merthyr Tydfil, the capital of Wales, with his parents when five years of age, where he attended the graded schools of the city. Came to O'Brien county in 1872, where he has resided ever since. Worked on a farm until he was nineteen, when he began teaching in the public schools, winters, and farming in the summer, mingling both occupations for about eight years, since which time he has devoted his attention to farming and stock raising. He has held the office of township trustee, assessor, president of school board, and county supervisor. Was elected to the office of Representative to fill vacancy. In 1905, but by a coalition of an element of the Republican and Democrat members, was not allowed to take his seat, the House seating the Hon. G. R. Whitmer. Was re-elected in 1906. A Republican in politics.

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