Harlan, James, 1820-1899

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Birth 1820-08-26
Death 1899-10-05

Biographical notes:

Served as a Whig Senator from Iowa and as United States Secretary of the Interior. Also served as president of Iowa Wesleyan University and later as president of Iowa State University.

From the description of Letters, 1856-1892. (University of Iowa Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122517886

United States Secretary of Interior.

From the description of Letter signed : Washington, to General Rice, 1865 July 17. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270510420

From the description of Letter signed : Washington, to the President, 1865 Dec. 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270510442

James Harlan was born in Illinois. From 1853 to 1855 he was president of Iowa Wesleyan University in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. He represented Iowa in the U.S. Senate between 1855 and 1865 and again from 1867 until 1873, spending the intervening years as Secretary of the Interior under Andrew Jackson.

From the description of James Harlan family papers and correspondence, 1853-1941. (State Historical Society of Iowa, Library). WorldCat record id: 653505952

U.S. senator from Iowa, U.S. secretary of the interior, college president, jurist, and lawyer.

From the description of Papers of James Harlan, 1869-1877. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79450767

United States secretary of interior.

From the description of Signature on an endorsement : [n.p.], [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270511371


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