|Representative from Dallas
county, was born at Bersted, 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. Enlisted August
1861, in the Twentieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Served in the ranks
from Donnellson to Shiloh and to the siege and capture of Vicksburg.
January 1, 1864, was transferred to clerical service with the Medical
Purveyor's Department, where he served until the close of the war.
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 has put under cultivation over eight hundred acres of land,
four hundred acres of which he still owns. Was engaged for a few
years in the grain business and four years in the general mercantile
business. 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, and re-elected in
1908. A Republican in politics.
From Iowa Official Register 1909-1910, pages 627-638
Biographies of State Officers
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