James Harlan

James Harlan (HMM3M)

Location: Mt Pleasant, IA 52641 Henry County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 57.942', W 91° 33.225'

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Harlan moved to Iowa in 1845, and was elected state superintendent of public instruction two years later. He became President of Iowa Wesleyan University in 1853, and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1855. After winning a second term, President Abraham Lincoln appointed him Secretary of the Interior. Harlan resigned his cabinet post in 1866 and regained his former senate seat. But was defeated for re-election in 1872. After serving on the Alabama Claims Commission, the body empowered to settle damages resulting from loss of U.S. shipping by a British-built ship sailing for the Confederacy during the Civil War, he retired to Mount Pleasant.
Harlan's daughter, Mary, was the wife of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of the President.
HM NumberHMM3M
Series This marker is part of the Iowa: State Historical Society of Iowa series
Marker Number37
Year Placed1979
Placed ByIowa State Historical Department, Division of the State Historical Society and by the Henry County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 5:45am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 621696 N 4535956
Decimal Degrees40.96570000, -91.55375000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 57.942', W 91° 33.225'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 57' 56.52" N, 91° 33' 13.50" W
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Area Code(s)319, 641
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-147 US-34 BUS, Mt Pleasant IA 52641, US
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