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James Harlan

James Harlan, American senator, university president, jurist. member United States Senate from Iowa, (Freesoiler) 1855-1865, (Republican), 1867-1873, United States secretary of interior, 1865-1866, accused of corruption while in office, exonerated.

Background

  • Harlan, James was born on August 26, 1820 in Clark County, Illinois, United States. Son of Silas and Mary (Conley) Harlan.

  • Education

    • Graduate Indiana Asbury U. (now De Pauw U.), 1845.

    Career

    • Principal, Iowa City College. Elected superintendent public instruction, 1847. Reelected, 1848, but counted out by mems. of returning board.

      Admitted to Iowa bar, 1848. President Iowa Wesleyan University, 1853-1855, 69-70. Member United States Senate from Iowa, (Freesoiler) 1855-1865, (Republican), 1867-1873, United States secretary of interior, 1865-1866, accused of corruption while in office, exonerated.

      Presiding judge Court Commissioners of Alabama Claims, 1882-1885. Home: Mount Pleasant, Ia.

    Membership

    Member United States Senate from Iowa, (Freesoiler) 1855-1865, (Republican), 1867-1873, United States secretary of interior, 1865-1866, accused of corruption while in office, exonerated.

    Connections

    • Married Ann Eliza Peck, 1845.
    • father: Silas Harlan
    • mother: Mary (Conley) Harlan
    • spouse: Ann Eliza Peck
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    Born August 26, 1820
    Died October 5, 1889
    (aged 69)
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