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James Wilson Grimes

senator , governor of Iowa

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

Background

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.

Career

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.

Membership

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

Connections

Married Elizabeth Nealley, November 9, 1846.

father:
John Elizabeth

mother:
Elizabeth

spouse:
Elizabeth Nealley