Grimes, James W. (James Wilson), 1816-1872

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American lawyer, legislator, governor of Iowa.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burlington, Iowa, to William W. Belknap, 1871 Dec. 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270498820

Grimes was member of the Iowa Territorial Legislature (1838-1839, 1843-1844); governor of Iowa (1854-1858) and U.S. senator from Iowa (1859-1869). He was born and educated in New Hampshire. After school, he began his law practice in Burlington, Iowa, part of the Black Hawk Purchase territory.

From the description of James W. Grimes correspondence, 1848-1866. (State Historical Society of Iowa, Library). WorldCat record id: 692846000

A founder of the Republican Party; third Governor of Iowa; United States Senator.

From the description of Letters, 1854-1870. (University of Iowa Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122371726

Iowa governor, 1854-1858; U.S. senator from Iowa, 1859-1869.

From the description of Autograph, n.d. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 32363811

From the description of Printed letter: Iowa City, [Iowa], 1855 Jan. 17. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 32363860

James W. Grimes was born in Deering, N.H. on October 20, 1816. After he completed his education at Dartmouth, he practiced law in the "Black Hawk Purchase" Wisconsin Territory (later part of the state of Iowa). After serving in various territorial posts, Grimes was elected to the state legislature in 1852.

Grimes was elected governor of Iowa in 1854 and remained in office until 1858. He served as a Republican United States Senator from 1859-1869. While a Senator, Grimes served on the Naval Committee and advocated the building of iron-clads and earthworks for defense rather than the traditional wooden ships and stone forts. He died in Burlington, Iowa, February 7, 1872.

From the description of The James W. Grimes collection. 1816-1872. (Wichita State University). WorldCat record id: 22232875

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referencedIn Curtis, Samuel Ryan, 1805-1866. Papers of Samuel Ryan Curtis : Addenda, 1846-1914 (bulk 1860-1890). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn United States. Navy Dept. Letter : Washington, D.C., to [James Wilson] Grimes, Washington, D.C., 1866 Mar. 15. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Cartland family papers, 1823-1913. Houghton Library.
referencedIn McKay, Donald, 1810-1880. ALS: to James W. Grimes, [1864?]. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Commandery of the State of Massachusetts Civil War collection, 1724-1933 (inclusive);, 1861-1912 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn McComb, Henry S., 1825-1881. Papers, 1856-1889. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865. Letter : Springfield, Ill., to James W. Grimes, n.p., 1857 Dec. 18. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Grimes, James W. (James Wilson), 1816-1872. The James W. Grimes collection. Wichita State University, Ablah Library
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 26: Office Of The Secretary, Incoming Corres..
creatorOf Grimes, James W. (James Wilson), 1816-1872. James W. Grimes correspondence, 1848-1866. State Historical Society of Iowa, Library
referencedIn Ray, Charles Henry. Papers of Charles Henry Ray, 1826-1904 (bulk 1838-1870) Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Grimes, James W. (James Wilsom), 1816-1872. Autograph, n.d. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn United States. Navy Dept. Letter signed : Washington, D.C., to [James Wilson] Grimes, Washington, D.C., 1866 Mar. 15. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Grimes, James W. (James Wilson), 1816-1872. Letter, 1861 January 19, Washington, to [Charles Lanman, n.p.]. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Du Pont, Samuel Francis, 1803-1865. Papers, 1812-1865. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Grimes, James W. (James Wilson), 1816-1872. Letters, 1854-1870. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Grimes, James. Daybook, 1840-1880. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Lyman Trumbull Correspondence, 1843-1894, (bulk 1855-1872) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Republican Party (Minn.). State Central Committee. Miscellaneous party papers, 1857-1956. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Photographic Portrait File The Huntington Library
creatorOf Grimes, James W. (James Wilson), 1816-1872. Autograph letter signed : Burlington, Iowa, to William W. Belknap, 1871 Dec. 29. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hall, James, 1811-1898. Letters to James Wilson Grimes [manuscript] 1856-63. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Stephen Johnson Field Letters Addressed to Him, 1862-1896 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Wichita State University. [Contact repository for more information].
referencedIn Fessenden, William Pitt, 1806-1869. Papers [microform], 1820-1869. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Harlan, James, 1820-1899. Letters, 1856-1892. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Weaver, James Baird, 1833-1912. Letter signed : Pulaski, Tenn., to Senator James W. Grimes, 1863 Dec. 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Trumbull, Lyman, 1813-1896. Papers of Lyman Trumbull, 1843-1894 (bulk 1855-1872). Library of Congress
creatorOf Harlan, James, 1820-1899. Signature on an endorsement : [n.p.], [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Addison, Henry. Letter, 1862 Apr. 21. Historical Society of Washington, Dc
creatorOf Grimes, James W. (James Wilson), 1816-1872. Printed letter: Iowa City, [Iowa], 1855 Jan. 17. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn United States. Navy Dept. Letter signed : Washington, D.C., to [James Wilson] Grimes, Washington, D.C., 1866 Mar. 16. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Commandery of the State of Massachusetts Civil War collection, 1724-1933 (inclusive);, 1861-1912 (bulk). Houghton Library.
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associatedWith Addison, Henry. person
associatedWith Belknap, William W. (William Worth), 1829-1890, person
correspondedWith Cartland family. family
correspondedWith Curtis, Samuel Ryan, 1805-1866. person
associatedWith Davis, Charles Henry, Commodore, 1807-1877, person
associatedWith Du Pont, Samuel Francis, 1803-1865. person
associatedWith Fessenden, William Pitt, 1806-1869. person
correspondedWith Field, Stephen Johnson, 1816-1899 person
associatedWith Hall, James, 1811-1898. person
correspondedWith Hampton, W. C. person
associatedWith Harlan, James, 1820-1899. person
correspondedWith Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878 person
correspondedWith Howe, Samuel Storrs person
associatedWith Lanman, Charles, 1819-1895. person
associatedWith Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865. person
associatedWith McComb, Henry S., 1825-1881. person
associatedWith McKay, Donald, 1810-1880. person
associatedWith Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Commandery of the State of Massachusetts, collector. corporateBody
associatedWith Morley, Edward W. person
correspondedWith Ray, Charles Henry. person
associatedWith Republican Party (Minn.). State Central Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Stanton, Edwin McMasters, 1814-1869, person
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
associatedWith Trumbull, Lyman, 1813-1896. person
associatedWith United States. Navy corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Navy Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith Walker, John G. person
associatedWith Weaver, James Baird, 1833-1912. person
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Birth 1816-10-20

Death 1872-02-07

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