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Jacob Rich

JACOB RICH was born in New York City, December 18, 1832; he died at Dubuque, Iowa, September 11, 1913. His early education was received in Philadelphia. He removed to the West in 1856 and spent some months in Dubuque. He located in Buchanan county where he commenced the publication of the Quasqueton Guardian which in 1858 he removed to Independence and continued Its publication as the Buchanan County Guardian until 1865, serving also part of that time as postmaster of Independence. In 1864 he was chief clerk of the House of Representatives in the Tenth General Assembly. In 1865 he went to Washington as clerk of the naval committee of the United States Senate, and remained there until 1869. After spending a year in travel abroad, he purchased a half Interest In the Dubuque Times and assumed editorial control which he held until 1875. He served as chairman of the Republican State Central Committee of Iowa In 1872 and again in 1877.

He was appointed pension agent at Dubuque In 1874 and held office until after the removal of the agency to Des Moines. He was one of the organizers of the Iowa Trust & Savings Bank and acted as director until the last annual meeting, when he resigned on account of ill health. He became president of the Board of Library Trustees at its organization and held the office until his death. Mr. Rich was a brilliant writer and took high rank among the editors of his day. He was prominent in politics, a close friend of Senator Allison and had an active part in his campaign for Republican nomination for President in 1888. His interest in Dubuque was manifested by his efforts to obtain the best of city government and city ordinances.
~source: Notable Deaths, Annals of Iowa. Vol. XI, No. 4. p. 234-5. Historical Society of Iowa. Des Moines. January, 1914
~ transcribed & submitted by Sharon Becker http://iagenweb.org/ringgold/

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