US Congressman, Presidential Cabinet Secretary. Elected to represent Iowa's 5th District in the United States House of Representatives, he served from 1873 to 1877, and 1883 to 1885. He also served as a Member of the Iowa State House of Representatives from 1867 to 1873, Speaker of the Iowa State House of Representatives from 1872 to 1873, Member of the Iowa Railroad Commission from 1882 to 1888, and as the United States Secretary of Agriculture from 1897 to 1913.
Born in Scotland, the son of John and Jean (McCosh) Wilson. Went to U.S. in 1851 and was educated in public schools of Iowa and Iowa College. (LL.D., Univ. of Wis., 1904,Cornell College, Iowa, 1904, McGill, 1909). In 1861 was engaged in farming; later was...(Read more) -
JH Added: Nov. 3, 2012