TOWNER, Horace Mann, (1855 - 1937)


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TOWNER, Horace Mann, a Representative from Iowa; born in Belvidere, Boone County, Ill., October 23, 1855; attended the public and high schools of Belvidere, the University of Chicago, and Union College of Law; was admitted to the bar in 1877 and commenced practice in Prescott, Adams County, Iowa; moved to Corning, Adams County, Iowa, in 1880, having been elected county superintendent of schools, in which capacity he served until 1884, when he resumed the practice of law; elected judge of the third judicial district of Iowa in 1890 and served until January 1, 1911; lectured on constitutional law in the University of Iowa 1902-1911; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-second and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1911, to April 1, 1923, when he resigned to become Governor of Puerto Rico, in which capacity he served until his resignation on September 29, 1929; chairman, Committee on Insular Affairs (Sixty-sixth and Sixty-seventh Congress); resumed the practice of law in Corning, Iowa, until his death on November 23, 1937; interment in Walnut Grove Cemetery.