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James Wilson Grimes

James Wilson Grimes, American senator, governor of Iowa. member United States Senate (Republican) from Iowa, 1859-1869.


  • Grimes, James Wilson was born on October 20, 1816 in Deering, New Hampshire, United States. Son of John and Elizabeth, (Wilson) G.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Dartmouth (as of class of 1836), 1845.


    • Moved to Iowa, 1836; elected to legislative assembly Iowa Territory, 1838, 43, 68, became chairman judiciary committee. Leader in promoting railroads for Iowa. Charter member Southern Iowa Horticultural Society.

      Governor Iowa (Whig), 1854-1858. His administration established state university at Iowa City. A founder of Republican Party in Iowa.

      Member United States Senate (Republican) from Iowa, 1859-1869. Carried into Senate chamber (because of paralytic stroke) during voting at impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, voted not guilty (which resulted in Johnson’s acquittal). His political reputation and leadership suffered as result of this action.

      Instrumental in keeping Naval Academy at Annapolis.


    Member United States Senate (Republican) from Iowa, 1859-1869.


    • Married Elizabeth Nealley, November 9, 1846.
    • father: John Elizabeth
    • mother: Elizabeth
    • spouse: Elizabeth Nealley
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    Born October 20, 1816
    Died February 7, 1872
    (aged 55)