MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA

REGISTER OF
OLD SETTLERS
BOOK ONE




Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 445
submitted by Jo Ann Carlson, January 7, 2008

DEATH OF ELIJAH SELLS.

Muscatine countyís pioneer representative to the first General Assembly held in Iowa in 1846, Hon. Elijah Sells, died at Salt Lake City, Utah, on the 13th of March, at the age of 84 years. The deceased located at Fairport, this county, in 1840, and ten years later moved to Muscatine and became a steamboat agent. He always took an active interest in politics, in 1844 serving as a member of the first constitutional convention, which met at Iowa City, and in 1856 he was elected secretary of state, being re-elected twice to that position. After retiring from office he located in Vinton and in 1870 removed to the Mormon country and under Grantís first administration, Secretary Harlan appointed Mr. Sells commissioner of Indian affairs. He was popular, ambitious, successful and ever honorable. Luke Sells, formerly of this place, but now residing in St. Louis, was a nephew of the deceased.



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