Appanoose County

Lt. John K. Valentine






Lt. John K. Valentine, former lieutenant governor of Iowa, will be released Monday from active duty in the Navy.

Valentine, 41, has been naval liaison officer attached to state selective service headquarters for the last year.  He will return to Centerville, Ia., to resume practice of law.

Asked if he intended to re-enter politics he commented:

“That certainly is not my present intention. I am going to stay home and practice law.”

He entered the Navy in October, 1942. As a member of the armed guard, he had 18 months of sea duty. He traveled 75,000 miles in the Pacific-Asiatic, the American and the African-Middle Eastern-European theaters of war.  He circled the globe on one trip.

Valentine was lieutenant governor during the 1937-39 administration of Nelson G. Kraschel. He was named United States attorney for the southern Iowa district after the Republican victory in 1938. In 1940 he won the Democratic nomination for governor. He polled 553,000 that fall against 620,000 for George A. Wilson, his victorious opponent.

Valentine also has served as chairman of the state tax commission and was administration leader in the senate during the Democratic administration of Clyde L. Herring from 1933 to 1937.

Source: The Des Moines Register, August 5, 1945 (photo included)