WILSON, James, (1835 - 1920)

WILSON, James, a Representative from Iowa; born on a farm in Ayrshire, Scotland, August 16, 1835; immigrated to the United States in 1852 with his parents, who settled in Norwich, Conn.; moved to Iowa in 1855 and located in Traer, Tama County; attended the public schools and Grinnell (Iowa) College; engaged in agricultural pursuits; taught school; member of the Iowa state house of representatives, 1868-1873, serving as speaker,1872-1873; regent of Iowa State university 1870-1874; elected as a Republican to the Forty-third and Forty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1877); member of the Iowa Railway Commission 1878-1883; presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Forty-eighth Congress and served from March 4, 1883, until the closing day, March 3, 1885, when he was succeeded by Benjamin T. Frederick, who contested his election; director of the agricultural experiment station and professor of agriculture in the Iowa Agricultural College at Ames, 1891-1897; Secretary of Agriculture in the Cabinets of Presidents McKinley, Roosevelt, and Taft, and served from March 5, 1897, to March 3, 1913; editor of the Agricultural Digest; died in Traer, Iowa, August 26, 1920; interment in Buckingham Cemetery.


Wilcox, Earley Vernon. Tama Jim. Boston: The Stratford Co., 1930.