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Head, Albert


Posted By: Debbie Clough Gerischer (email)
Date: 7/2/2005 at 19:01:10

ALBERT HEAD was born November 25, 1838, in Highland County, Ohio. He was reared on a farm and in 1855 came overland in an emigrant wagon to Iowa, locating in Poweshiek County. He taught school several years, studied law, gaining admission to the bar in 1859. At the same time he was engaged in publishing the Montezuma Republican in company with Colonel S. F. Cooper. In 1861 Mr. Head assisted in the organization of Company F. Tenth Iowa Volunteers, and was commissioned captain. In 1863 he was promoted to Assistant Adjutant-General, serving on the staff of Generals Matthies, McPherson and Raum. He was several times wounded in the battles of Corinth, Champion's Hill and Vicksburg. Immediately after the close of the war Captain Head settled at Jefferson in Greene County where he resumed the practice of law and was interested in several business enterprises, becoming president of a number of banks. He was president of the Greene County Agricultural Society and a trustee of Drake University. In 1883 he was elected Representative in the Twentieth General Assembly and was reelected to the Twenty-first and chosen Speaker of the House of Representatives, and again reelected to the Twenty-second and Twenty-third General Assemblies. He has served as president and treasurer of the State Agricultural Society.

- source: A Narrative History of the People of Iowa. Vol III. Chicago: American Historical Society, 1931
-transcribed by Debbie Gerischer

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