A Connecticut Gentleman

Stephen Hempstead, who died at Dubuque, Ia., about a week ago, was a native of New London. He was born in 1812 and belonged to the old and respected family that lived in the Hempstead house, corner of Jay and Hempstead streets, the oldest house in the city. He is remembered by some of the older citizens.

He went west when quite young and had resided at Dubuque since 1836 and was elected governor of that state in 1850 at the age of thirty-eight, holding the office for two terms, and retiring in 1855. He was the first practicing lawyer in the city of Dubuque and enjoyed the distinction of being the last democratic governor of Iowa, the state having joined the republican column in 1856 and remained true to republican principles ever since.

During his latter years, Governor Hempstead was in very reduced circumstances. At the election in November he was elected a justice of the peace. He was a man of most excellent character, most kindly disposition and courtly manners, and enjoyed great personal popularity.

(Source: New Haven Register, New Haven, Connecticut, 23 February 1883)
Submitted By: Cathy Danielson

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