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Samuel Jordan Kirkwood
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Samuel Jordan Kirkwood: Sir, you will be remembered as an American politician best known as Iowa's American Civil War Governor. You also served in the U.S. Senate and as the 14th U.S. Secretary of the Interior. You had took an interest in the newly founded Republican Part when it just started and gave a rousing speech at the founding meeting of theIowa Republican Party in February 1856. Many people credited with your speech and subsequent work with the success of the Republican Party in Iowa; that year you were elected to the Iowa Senate serving from 1856 to 1859. In 1860, your first year in office, the John Brown raid on Harpers Ferry further polarized the nation over slavery, and you were clearly on the side of the militant abolitionists. When Barclay Coppock, a youth from Springdale, who was part of Brown's raid, fled to Iowa, you refused to accept extradition papers for him from Virginia, and allowed Coppock to escape. During the Civil War, you gained national attention for your extraordinary efforts to secure soldiers and supplies from Iowa for the Union Army. A strong supporter of President Abraham Lincoln's policies during the American Civil War, you were active in raising and equipping dozens of regiments ofinfantry, as well as cavalry and artillery, for the Union Army. In 1862, you attended the Loyal War Governors' Conference in Altoona, Pennsylvania, which ultimately gave Lincoln support for his Emancipation Proclamation. After you left office in 1864, you moved to a new brick house on Wyoming Road in Iowa City (now Kirkwood Avenue) and practiced law. About this time you sold your share of the mill, part of it to your brother, William, and part to Valentine Miller. In 1865-1867, you served the remainder of James Harlan's term in the U.S. Senate, and served in the Senate again from 1877 to 1881. Between your separate terms as a Senator, you were again the Governor of Iowa from 1876 to 1877. You resigned as governor in 1877 to begin your second term as U.S. Senator. In 1881, You resigned his Senate seat to become Secretary of the Interior under President James Garfield. He served as the nation's 14th Interior Secretary until 1882. Sir, thanks for serving as the United States Secretary of the Interior under President Garfield, remembering you today after 120 years, may you rest in peace!
- MFPS
 Added: Sep. 1, 2014
 
Samuel Jordan Kirkwood: Sir, you will be remembered as an American politician best known as Iowa's American Civil War Governor. You also served in the U.S. Senate and as the 14th U.S. Secretary of the Interior. You had took an interest in the newly founded Republican Part when it just started and gave a rousing speech at the founding meeting of theIowa Republican Party in February 1856. Many people credited with your speech and subsequent work with the success of the Republican Party in Iowa; that year you were elected to the Iowa Senate serving from 1856 to 1859. In 1860, your first year in office, the John Brown raid on Harpers Ferry further polarized the nation over slavery, and you were clearly on the side of the militant abolitionists. When Barclay Coppock, a youth from Springdale, who was part of Brown's raid, fled to Iowa, you refused to accept extradition papers for him from Virginia, and allowed Coppock to escape. During the Civil War, you gained national attention for your extraordinary efforts to secure soldiers and supplies from Iowa for the Union Army. A strong supporter of President Abraham Lincoln's policies during the American Civil War, you were active in raising and equipping dozens of regiments ofinfantry, as well as cavalry and artillery, for the Union Army. In 1862, you attended the Loyal War Governors' Conference in Altoona, Pennsylvania, which ultimately gave Lincoln support for his Emancipation Proclamation. After you left office in 1864, you moved to a new brick house on Wyoming Road in Iowa City (now Kirkwood Avenue) and practiced law. About this time you sold your share of the mill, part of it to your brother, William, and part to Valentine Miller. In 1865-1867, you served the remainder of James Harlan's term in the U.S. Senate, and served in the Senate again from 1877 to 1881. Between your separate terms as a Senator, you were again the Governor of Iowa from 1876 to 1877. You resigned as governor in 1877 to begin your second term as U.S. Senator. In 1881, You resigned his Senate seat to become Secretary of the Interior under President James Garfield. He served as the nation's 14th Interior Secretary until 1882. Sir, thanks for serving as the United States Secretary of the Interior under President Garfield, happy 200th birthday!
- MFPS
 Added: Dec. 20, 2013
 

- John P. Birosak
 Added: Oct. 23, 2013
 
Samuel Jordan Kirkwood: Sir, thanks for serving as the United States Secretary of the Interior under President Garfield, may you rest in peace!
- MFPS
 Added: Sep. 1, 2013
 
Samuel Jordan Kirkwood: Sir, thanks for serving as the United States Secretary of the Interior under President Garfield, happy birthday!
- MFPS
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
 
I light a candle for Samuel Jordan Kirkwood ...
- Candles
 Added: Jan. 21, 2012
 
DURING THIS SESQUICENNTENNIAL OF THE CIVIL WAR, YOU ARE REMEMBERED FOR YOUR SERVICE AS THE GREAT WAR GOVERNOR OF IOWA.
- SUE FEENEY
 Added: Jan. 10, 2012
 
Samuel Jordan Kirkwood: Sir, thanks for serving as the United States Secretary of the Interior under President Garfield, happy birthday!
- MFPS
 Added: Dec. 20, 2011
 
Companion (Third Class) #03169 - Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the U.S.
- Jeffry Burden
 Added: Sep. 13, 2011
 
Samuel Jordan Kirkwood: Sir, thanks for serving as the United States Secretary of the Interior under President Garfield, may you rest in peace!
- MFPS
 Added: Sep. 1, 2011
 

- Diddy & Doodle
 Added: Feb. 19, 2011
 
Samuel Jordan Kirkwood: Sir, thanks for serving as the United States Secretary of the Interior under President Garfield, happy birthday!
- MFPS
 Added: Dec. 20, 2010
 

- lisa greenman
 Added: Sep. 1, 2010
 
Samuel Jordan Kirkwood: Sir, thanks for serving as the United States Secretary of the Interior under President Garfield, happy birthday!
- MFPS
 Added: Dec. 20, 2009
 

- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: Jun. 18, 2009
 
"Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain" ~Iowa State Motto
- Footprints
 Added: Jun. 7, 2008
 
Samuel Jordan Kirkwood: Sir, thanks for serving as the United States Secretary of the Interior under President Garfield, happy birthday!
- MFPS
 Added: Dec. 20, 2007
 

- Cheryll Cotten
 Added: Dec. 2, 2007
 

- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: Sep. 1, 2007
 

- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: Dec. 20, 2006
 

- Jackie Howard
 Added: Dec. 20, 2006
 
R.I.P.
- The Mystery Man
 Added: Dec. 3, 2006
 

- Scarlet Fan
 Added: Sep. 1, 2006
 
REPOSE EN PAIX!
- quebecoise
 Added: Mar. 29, 2006
 
Happy 192nd Birthday
- PaulineNozerosBabyGirl
 Added: Dec. 20, 2005
 
Remembering you on your birthday. Rest in peace and God bless
- Medora
 Added: Dec. 20, 2005
 
Know that you are remembered on your birthday. Rest in Peace.
- Doc
 Added: Dec. 20, 2004
 
REPOSE EN PAIX!
- quebecoise
 Added: Oct. 31, 2004
 
Rest in Peace.
- Mary
 Added: May. 28, 2003
 
 

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