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Iowa Official Registers

1927 -1928

Iowa State Executive Branch

John Hammill

HAMMILL, John --Governor, was born in Linden, Iowa county, Wis., October 14, 1875. Attended the common schools of Wisconsin until 1889, when he moved with his parents near Britt, Hancock county, Iowa. Graduated from Britt high school in 1895. Graduated from the law departments of the state university of Iowa in June, 1897. Engaged in the practice of law at Britt, Iowa. He was married to Fannie B. Richards on June 7, 1899. Elected county attorney in 1902, serving two terms. Was elected as a member of the state senate in 1908. Elected lieutenant governor in 1920. Re-elected in 1922. Elected governor in 1924. Re-elected in 1926. A republican in politics.

Clem Kimball

KIMBALL, Clem F. --Lieutenant Governor, was born August 11, 1868, at Anamosa, Iowa. He attended the public schools of Anamosa until the spring of 1886, not quite finishing his high school course. He then entered the State College at Ames and took a mechanical engineering course, graduating in 1889. He engaged in engineering work and teaching until 1893, when he entered the University of Michigan, taking law and specializing in the literary department. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1895 and began the practice of law in October, 1895, at Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was married to Caroll Williams of Wyoming, Iowa, in 1892. He is a member of the Congregational church, Masonic lodge, Knights of Pythias, Elks and several other organizations. He is also a member of the Country Club of Council Bluffs, and of the Lions Service Club. In 1899 he was appointed assistant county attorney of Pottawattamie county and held the office for two terms. In 1906 he was elected city solicitor of the city of Council Bluffs and served three consecutive terms. In 1912 he was elected to the state senate and served in the 35th, 36th, 37th and 38th general assemblies. He has always been a republican in politics. He has two children, a boy practicing law with his father's firm and a girl in college. He has been an active practicing attorney in southwest Iowa, and is interested in farming operations in Monona and Madison counties.

Walter C. Ramsay

RAMSAY, Walter C. --Secretary of State, was born in Ford county, Ill., August 15, 1878. His parents were natives of Ohio, both being of Scotch-Irish lineage. Received his early education in the graded schools of Paxton, Ill., and the high school at Owatonna, Minn. He came to Iowa in 1895, locating at Garner, Hancock county. Taught a country school four years and moved to Belmond, Wright county, Iowa, in 1901, and engaged in newspaper work. Served as postmaster, mayor, and on the school board of Belmond and as chief clerk of the Iowa house of representatives in the thirty-sixth, thirty-seventh and thirty-eighth general assemblies. Appointed by the governor April 3, 1919, and assumed office July 1, 1919. Married October 4, 1904, to Miss Una Ames, of Minneapolis. A republican in politics.

J.W. Long

LONG, J.W. --Auditor of State, was born on a farm in Ringgold county, Iowa, June 26, 1873. He received his early education in the rural schools, attended Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, and Western Normal College, Shenandoah, Iowa, graduating from the latter in 1896. He taught in rural schools two years; served as superintendent of city schools for five years; and was elected county superintendent of Decatur county, Iowa, in 1906; reelected in 1908 and again in 1910. Moved to Ames, Story county, Iowa, in 1916, and became a traveling salesman for county officials' supplies, until elected auditor of state November 2, 1926. He was married June 22, 1898, to Emma M. Laney, of Decatur, Iowa, and has a family of three sons and one daughters. He is a member of the Methodist church and the Masonic order. A republican in politics.

Raymond Johnson

JOHNSON, Raymond E. --Treasurer of State, was born in Wilton Junction, Muscatine county, Iowa, March 26, 1886. Son of Silas L. and Nellie E. Johnson. Moved to Muscatine in 1894 and graduated from public schools there. Appointed deputy treasurer of Muscatine county January, 1908, and in January, 1910, was appointed county treasurer to fill vacancy. He served as treasurer of Muscatine county for five terms and resigned February 1, 1920, to accept the position of secretary of the state executive council. Elected treasurer of state in November, 1924. Married May 22, 1907, to Edna I. Ryan of Muscatine, Iowa. Has one son, Charles S. and one daughter, Janet. A republican in politics.

M.G. Thornburg

THORNBURG, M.G. --Secretary of Agriculture, was born in Linden, Dallas county, Iowa. Educated in country school in Dallas county and the Des Moines high school; entered Iowa State College in 1900, spending two years. Married Blanche Scholes, April 27, 1904. From 1902 to 1908 associated with his father in farming and stock business. Re-entered college in 1908, graduating from the animal husbandry course of Iowa State College in 1910. As a student was a member of the Royal and International live stock judging teams. Received a professional degree of master of agriculture in 1920 from the same institution. Member of the animal husbandry faculty of Iowa State College. Enlisted in world war in March, 1918. Commissioned captain remount service in August. After being discharged in March, 1919, took up the management of several farms in Palo Alto county. Appointed assistant secretary of agriculture in July, 1924, to fill the office made vacant through the death of Raymond W. Cassady. Elected secretary of agriculture, general election in the fall of 1924, and re-elected in 1926. Republican in politics.

John Fletcher

FLETCHER, John --Attorney General, was born in Scott county, Iowa, January 5, 1876. Educated in a country school, the Iowa State Teachers College; and the law department of the state university. Admitted to the practice of law in 1899. Practicing attorney at Avoca for ten years, during which time he held the positions of city attorney and mayor. In 1910, he moved to Des Moines as assistant attorney general to Attorney General H.W. Byers. He continued to serve as assistant attorney general to Attorney General George Cosson, and later with Attorney General Ben J. Gibson. In May, 1925, he was appointed by Governor Hammill as a judge of the district court of Polk county, Iowa, where he presided over the court of domestic relations. He was married June 14, 1905, to Miss Marie D. Schmidt, of Avoca, Iowa, now deceased. He has three children, Maurice, Warren and Margaret. Republican in politics.

Agnes Samuelson

SAMUELSON, Agnes --Superintendent of Public Instruction, was born in Page county, Iowa. Her professional record includes graduation from Shenandoah high school, Western Normal College, and State University of Iowa, and attendance at George Peabody College for Teachers and Nebraska State University. Teaching expertise in rural and high school work, superintendence of Page county schools, extension service specialist in rural schools from Iowa State Teachers College, service on national committees for the study of county superintendent's problems, for the study of rural teachers' problems; secretary of the county superintendents' section of the rural department of the National Educational Association; institute lecturer; speaker at educational meetings in this and other states.


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