The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa

The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa

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Iowa has been blessed with citizens of strong character who have made invaluable contributions to the state and to the nation. In the 1930s alone, such towering figures as John L. Lewis, Henry A. Wallace, and Herbert Hoover hugely influenced the nation's affairs. Iowa's Native Americans, early explorers, inventors, farmers, scholars, baseball players, musicians, artists, writers, politicians, scientists, conservationists, preachers, educators, and activists continue to enrich our lives and inspire our imaginations.Written by an impressive team of more than 150 scholars and writers, the readable narratives include each subject's name, birth and death dates, place of birth, education, and career and contributions. Many of the names will be instantly recognizable to most Iowans; others are largely forgotten but deserve to be remembered. Beyond the distinctive lives and times captured in the individual biographies, readers of the dictionary will gain an appreciation for how the character of the state has been shaped by the character of the individuals who have inhabited it.From Dudley Warren Adams, fruit grower and Grange leader, to the Younker brothers, founders of one of Iowa's most successful department stores, "The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa" is peopled with the rewarding lives of more than four hundred notable citizens of the Hawkeye State. The histories contained in this essential reference work should be eagerly read by anyone who cares about Iowa and its citizens.show more

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  • Hardback | 600 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 33.02mm | 975.22g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • Us.
  • 1587296853
  • 9781587296857

About David Hudson

David Hudson recently retired as acquisitions librarian for the State Historical Society of Iowa. Marvin Bergman has edited the Annals of Iowa for the State Historical Society of Iowa since 1987. He is the coeditor of Unionizing the Jungles: Labor and Community in the Twentieth-Century Meatpacking Industry (IOWA, 1997) and the editor of the Iowa History Reader (IOWA edition, 2008). Loren Horton retired as senior historian after twenty-four years of working for the State Historical Society of Iowa.show more

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In "The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa," we have a comprehensive listing of famous and influential Iowans, from Dudley Warren Adams to the Younker brothers. This accessibly written and thorough volume will be useful to anyone with an interest in the history of Iowa and the Midwest. Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, professor and director of the Agricultural History and Rural Studies Program, Iowa State University "Comprehensive and concise, "The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa" will save generations of reporters, students, teachers, historians, and reference librarians hours tracking down who's who in Iowa's past. In simple alphabetical order, hundreds of Iowa luminaries from chiropractic medicine, women's suffrage, environmentalism, politics, astronomy, the Nobel Prize, education, the military, and art of all stripes take a bow. Bravo." Tom Morain, author, "Prairie Grass Roots""show more

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