Warren Scott Dungan
Posted By: Kathleen Gregory (email)
Date: 5/20/2013 at 10:20:15
WARREN SCOTT DUNGAN was born at
Frankfort Springs, Beaver county, Pennsylvania, September 12, 1822; he
died at Chariton, Iowa, May 9, 1913. He was of Scotch-Irish descent and
three of his ancestors served in the war of the Revolution. He obtained
his early education in the academy at Frankfort Springs. In 1851 he went
south, first to Louisiana and later to Panola, Mississippi, where he
taught school and studied law for three years. In 1855 he returned to
Pennsylvania, entered the law office of Roberts & Quay and the next
year was admitted to the practice and removed to Iowa. He located at
Chariton, took up the practice of law and maintained his residence there
until his death. In 1862 he represented the Twelfth District, composed
of Lucas and Monroe counties, as Senator in the Ninth General Assembly.
He resigned his position to recruit a company which became Company K,
Thirty-fourth Iowa Infantry, of which he was elected Captain. In 1862 he
was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel and on May 25, 1865, was brevetted
Colonel. He participated in the battles of Chickasaw Bayou, Vicksburg,
Fort Blakeley, Mobile and other engagements. The last six months of his
service were spent on the staff of Maj. Gen. C. C. Andrews as Inspector
General of the Second Division Thirteenth Army Corps. He was mustered
out at Houston, Texas, July 15, 1865. Colonel Dungan was a delegate to
the Republican National Convention in 1872, and a presidential elector
from the Seventh Iowa District when General Grant was elected president.
He served as Representative in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth General
Assemblies and again as Senator in the Twenty-second and Twenty-third
General Assemblies. He was Lieutenant Governor of Iowa from 1894 to
1896, and afterward county attorney of Lucas county for two years.
Colonel Dungan's career of fifty-seven years in Iowa was marked with
success as a lawyer, soldier, orator and citizen. He was of invaluable
service to Charles Aldrich in the formation of the early plans for
founding the Historical Department of Iowa.
Notable Deaths Annals of Iowa. Vol. XI, No. 4. p. 233. Historical Society of Iowa. Des Moines. January, 1914.
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