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Iowa Official Registers

1927 -1928

Iowa State Senators

Senator from the nineteenth district, composed of Pottawattamie county, was born in Council Bluffs, June 3, 1863. Parents native of Pennsylvania. Father, Rev. Samuel Baird, Methodist preacher. Mother, Matilda Hanks (Akers) Baird. Married Anne E. Wood, now deceased, of Logan, Iowa, January 9, 1895, daughter of John W. and Eliza A. Wood. Children, John W. (William S. Jr., deceased), Lucy W. (deceased), Robert M., Donald P. and Margaret (deceased). Graduated from high school, Council Bluffs, 1880. Graduated from Cornell college, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, 1884. Admitted to practice law, 1887. Trustee free public library, Council Bluffs. Member of Masonic order and Knights of Pythias. Elected senator, 1920, reelected 1924. A republican in politics.

Senator from the twelfth district composed of Keokuk and Poweshiek counties, is a lawyer by profession and is engaged in practicing law at Sigourney, Iowa. He is a graduate of Iowa Wesleyan college and of the Northwestern University law school. A republican in politics.

Senator from the thirty-sixth senatorial district, Clayton county, was born on a farm in that county, where he is now engaged in general farming, cattle feeding, and breeding of pure bred Shorthorn cattle, in partnership with father and two brothers under firm name of August Benson and Sons. Received his early education in the country grade school, and took a course in banking at the Capital City Commercial College, Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated in agriculture in 1914 at Iowa State college, Ames, Iowa. Served as deputy clerk of the district court, as secretary and manager of the Elkader Fair Association, as secretary and manager of the Highland Telephone Company, as president of the Clayton County Shorthorn Breeders Association, and as secretary of the Clayton County Farm Bureau from the time of its organization until he resigned to run for office of senator, to which office he was elected in 1924. He is a member of the Lutheran church, a Master Mason, and a republican.

Senator from the twenty-ninth district, composed of Jasper county, was born March 12, 1872 on a farm, eight miles north of Newton, Iowa, and lived on the farm for twenty years, graduating from the rural school. After leaving the farm he attended Capital city Commercial College at Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated in the year 1890. He then engaged in the implement business in Newton, Iowa, and in 1893 in the manufacturing business -- manufacturing what was known as the Parsons band cutter and self-feeder. In 1900 he engaged in the washing machine business and has lived in Newton ever since, being interested in manufacturing, banking and farming.

Senator from the eighteenth district, comprising Cass and Shelby counties, was born in Stockton, California, January 2, 1870. In 1871 the family moved from California to a farm two miles east of Harlan, Shelby county, Iowa, where they lived until 1881, at which time they moved to Harlan. He graduated from the Harlan high school in 1888, and afterward finished one year's work at the Iowa State college at Ames. Following this he assisted his father in the farm machinery business in Harlan, and when of age was made partner in the business. He still holds a substantial interest in the business, which is continued under the name of the Booth Motor Company. Although living in Harlan he operates four hundred acres of land which is well stocked. Has served as township clerk of Harlan township, and city councilman of Harlan, and ten years in the Harlan volunteer fire department, two years of which he was chief. Has been president of the Harlan Commercial Club, the Kiwanis Club, and the Masonic Temple Association. Has served as presiding officer of all the Masonic bodies up to and including the Commandery. Was director in the Shelby County Farmers Mutual Telephone Company for fifteen years. County chairman of three successful war drives. Married October 31, 1895 to Edith Pickard of Harlan, and they now have one daughter, Estella May, who is attending high school. Has been a consistent republican in politics, county chairman from 1920 to 1926. Elected to senate in 1926.

Senator from the forty-seventh district comprising Palo Alto, Kossuth, Emmet, Clay and Dickinson counties, was born in 1892 in Wright county, Iowa. Moved to Tama county two years later where he was raised and educated in the country schools of north Tama county at Dinsdale. Was graduated from the Traer high school and from the Iowa State college in 1915. Member of the Gamma Sigma Delta honorary agricultural fraternity. since 1915 has been active in operating from one to five farms and has given much time to farm organization activities. Served as county agent in Cherokee county in 1918 and as president of the Tama county farm bureau in 1919. Moved to Palo Alto county in 1920 to operate a seven hundred acre farm. Served as president of the Palo Alto county farm bureau from 1921 to 1925. Member of the school board and cooperative elevator board. Chairman of the republican county committee. Elected to the state senate in 1924. Married October 20, 1915, to S. Edith McMillan of Traer and has four children, three boys and one girl. Member of the Masonic lodge and the Congregational church.

Senator from the forty-fourth district, composed of Floyd and Chickasaw counties, was born December 16, 1883, at Ionia, Chickasaw county, Iowa; graduated from the high school at Charles City in 1902; taught in rural and high schools; engaged in farming and stock raising in Chickasaw county; was married to Ruth Dodge of Orchard, Iowa, July 24, 1907; left the farm to accept position in First Savings Bank at Ionia, Iowa; a member of St. Charles Lodge 141 A.F.& A.M.; Almond Chapter 53 R.A.M.; Joppa Commandery 55 K.T.; A.: A.: O.: N.: M.: S. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A republican in politics.

Senator from the twenty-third district, composed of one county, one of the oldest in the state, was born June, 1875, at Baldwin, Iowa, where he acquired his education in the public schools. American-born parents. Always lived in the county of Jackson, state of Iowa. Taught school at the age of 18 years. Buyer and feeder of live stock and farm owner. Never held an office of any description up to the year 1920. Eligible to the Sons of the American Revolution. Always a republican in politics.

Senator from the Tama-Benton senatorial district, was born in Winneshiek county, March 19, 1873. In the fall of 1874 the family moved to a farm a few miles south of Chelsea and in 1877 to a farm in southern Richland township, Tama county. He received his education in the district school and graduated from the Chelsea high school. After graduating from high school he taught six terms of school and later spent a year studying law at the State University at Iowa City. He was married to Catherine Wilkinson, August 8, 1900, and has a family of five children. Mrs. Harold B. Cobet, Cecil W., Merle, Amber and Burnell. The family home was on a farm near Chelsea until 1914 when Senator Brush sold the farm and moved to Chelsea. He has since been engaged in the coal, grain and feed business. Is also operating a farm near Chelsea purchased in 1919. Member of the Masonic fraternity and past master of Zenith Lodge No. 581. Member of the Methodist church, serving the official board of his home church. Has been a member of the school boards in the districts in which he has lived for twenty-nine years. Mayor of Chelsea from 1914 to 1918 and has since been a member of the town council. Elected state senator in 1926. A republican in politics.

Senator from the Cherokee, Ida and Plymouth county district, was born on a farm near Battle Creek, Iowa, on March 6, 1882, son of Romeo and Hattie Campbell, pioneers of Ida county, Iowa. Attended the rural schools until fourteen years of age. Graduated from the Battle Creek, Iowa, high school in 1900. Graduated from the University of Iowa in 1906, law department. Served as mayor of Battle Creek three terms. Member of the house of representatives of the thirty-fourth general assembly. Senator for the forty-sixth senatorial district in the thirty-eighth, thirty-ninth, fortieth, fortieth extra and forty-first general assemblies. Served in the infantry in the World War. Member of the American Legion. Married Esta Fein in Los Angeles, Calif., on October 25, 1913. Son Romeo Ed Campbell, born August 31, 1915. Republican in politics. Member of the law firm of Campbell & Campbell, being associated with his twin brother, Jed H. Campbell.

Senator from the tenth senatorial district including Washington and Henry counties, was born on a farm near Middletown in Des Moines county, Iowa. Attended the country school, later took a course at the state normal school and finished his education at Parson's college, Fairfield, Iowa. Mr. Carden taught school for about three years and then entered the hardware and implement business at Winfield, Iowa. He served as postmaster under President Taft, after which he engaged in the insurance and loan business. He is a member of the different lodges of his town, as well as having been active in its civic affairs. He is a member of the Presbyterian church and has been moderator of the Presbytery as well as vice moderator of the Synod of Iowa. He was first district manager of the Coolidge campaign in 1925. Has previously served in the lower house and is now serving his first term in the senate.


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