United States Senators from Iowa
Daniel Frederic Steck, democrat, Ottumwa, Ia.
Born in Ottumwa December 16, 1881. Educated in the public schools and the State
University of Iowa, graduating in law with the degree of LL.B. in 1906. Admitted
to the Iowa bar. Engaged in the practice of law in Ottumwa. Married June 30,
1908, to Lucile Oehler. Served in the World War from July 1, 1917, to May 30,
1919, in the United States and in France. Elected to the senate of the United
States November 4, 1924, and seated after a contest with Smith W. Brookhart.
Active in the affairs of the democratic party in Iowa for many years.
Smith W. Brookhart, republican, Washington, Ia. Born in a log
house in Scotland county, Mo., February 2, 1869. Moved in early life to
Jefferson county, Ia., and in 1882 to Van Buren county, Ia. Educated in public
schools, graduating from Bloomfield high school and Southern Iowa Normal, then
located at Bloomfield. Taught country school and worked on a farm. Later was
principal of the Bloomfield high school. Read law while teaching. Admitted to
the bar in 1892 and located at Washington, where he has since been engaged in
the practice of law and in farming. Elected county attorney in 1894 and again in
1896. Resigned in 1898 and volunteered in Spanish-American war. Member of Iowa
National Guard since 1894, except about five years. Second lieutenant, Fiftieth
Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Spanish-American war; major in Mexican border service;
major and lieutenant colonel of infantry in World War; chief instructor in
marksmanship in Camp Perry and Camp Benning schools; captain American Palma
Rifle Team 1912, winning world championship; president National Rifle
Association of America. Married Jennie Hearn, June 22, 1897, and has a family of
four boys and two girls. Elected to United States senate in 1922 to fill
unexpired term of Senator Kenyon. Lost in contest for seat with Daniel F. Steck
following election in 1924. Re-elected in 1926.