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History of Benton County, Iowa
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1910; Luther B. Hill, Ed.

Page 773
JAMES N. WILSON. — The county treasurer of Benton county, James N. Wilson, is now serving his second term of office, and in this, as in all other responsibilities which the public have reposed in him, he has met the highest expectations at to efficiency and straight-forward dealings. His education and experience fully qualified him for the position and his lifelong residence in the county has earned him both personal popularity and universal confidence.

Mr. Wilson was born on a farm near Vinton, April 18, 1881, and is a son of Captain H. M. Wilson, the leading citizen of Vinton whose life is set forth in other pages of this history. The boyhood of James N. Wilson was spent on the home farm and in attendance at the public schools and Tilford Academy. When of age he was appointed deputy county treasurer and held the position for five years. His marked aptitude in the active handling of the county finances then advanced him to the head of the department, and, through popular election, he first assumed the treasurership on January 1, 1907, his re-election dating from the fall of 1908. The county treasurer is well known socially and fraternally, being especially active as a member of Fidelity Lodge No. 47, Knights of Pythias.

Mr. Wilson's wife was Miss Theodoria LaGrange, a native of Dakota, who was brought to Benton county by her parents in her girlhood, being reared and educated in this locality. The daughter of this union is Agnes Caroline Wilson. The parents are both members of the Presbyterian church.

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