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James Harlan

senator , jurist. , university president

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