Henry Temple arrived in Lewis, for the purpose of making that place his home, in October, 1858. He came from Oskaloosa, where he had lived from 1844. Mr. Temple is a native of Massachusetts, having been born in that State, August 20th, 1816. In the year 1831 he becamse a citizen of Marietta, Ohio, where he resided until 1840, when he came to Fairfield, Iowa. At Fairfield he studied law with Judge Olney and was admitted to the bar in 1842. He lived a year at Six Mile Prairie in Mahaska county, before Oskaloosa was laid out and made the county seat, then he followed the tide and stuck out his shingle at Oskaloosa. In the later place he was a Justice of the Peace eight years. During the war Mr. Temple was Deputy Provost Marshal for Cass and Adair counties. He has also filled the positions of postmaster at Lewis, County Judge and County Recorder. For several years himself and J. W. Brown were the only lawyers in the county, and when there was a law suit they were sure to be pitted against each other. Mr. Temple's first political experience in Iowa, was to ride on horseback from Oskaloosa to Burlington to get Whig tickets printed at the Burlington Hawk-Eye office, for the election held in August, 1840. Judge Temple removed from Lewis to Atlantic, in October, 1868, therefore is one of the pioneers of the last named town as well as of the county.
From "History of Cass County, Iowa Together With Brief Mention of Old Settlers," by Lafe Young, Atlantic, Iowa, Telegraph Steam Printing House, 1877, pg. 59-60.