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Hon. M. W. Harmon


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Date: 1/2/2011 at 22:02:26

Biographical souvenir of the counties of Delaware and Buchanan, Iowa; Chicago : F. A. Battey, 1890. Page 671-2

HON. M. W. HARMON, lawyer, of Independence, Buchanan county, is a native of Seneca county, Ohio, and was born June 25, 1844.  His parents moved to Ingham county, Mich., in 1849, thence to Dubuque county, Iowa, in June 1856.  He was therefore reared in these several localities.  He entered Lenox College, at Hopkinton, in his fifteenth year, and remained in that institution for three years until August 23, 1862, when he entered the Union army, enlisting in Company K, Twenty-first Iowa volunteer infantry. He served during the remainder of the war, first as private, then as corporal and then as sergeant, being mustered out July 26, 1865. After a residence of about a year at Mobile, Ala., following the date of his discharge from the army, he returned to Iowa, and in November, 1866, took up his residence in Buchanan county. For about two years he was engaged in teaching school in the county, and reading law at the same time. He served as deputy postmaster, at Independence, for one year, from April 1, 1868. He then entered the law office of Hon. W. G. Donnan, and was admitted to the bar in October, 1869. July 1, 1870, he formed a partnership with Col. Jed Lake, as Lake & Harmon, which partnership still continues.
     In December, 1872, Mr. Harmon married Miss M. C. Carter, of Independence.
     Mr. Harmon served as State senator from Delaware and Buchanan counties from 1876 to 1884, making the people of his senatorial district an honest and capable public official.


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