GRIMES, James Wilson (1816-1872)

Republican of Iowa

0th congressional district

Served in Senate 1859-1870

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GRIMES, James Wilson, a Senator from Iowa; born in Deering, N.H., October 20, 1816; graduated from Hampton Academy; attended Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.; studied law; moved west and commenced practice in the “Black Hawk Purchase,” Wisconsin Territory, afterward the site of Burlington, Iowa; engaged in agriculture; member, Iowa Territorial House of Representatives 1838-1839, 1843-1844; Governor of Iowa 1854-1858; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1859; reelected in 1865 and served from March 4, 1859, until December 6, 1869, when he resigned due to ill health; chairman, Committee on the District of Columbia (Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth Congresses), Committee on Naval Affairs (Thirty-ninth through Forty-first Congresses); member of the peace convention of 1861 held in Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; died in Burlington, Iowa, February 7, 1872; interment in Aspen Grove Cemetery.
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