James “Tama Jim” Wilson

James “Tama Jim” Wilson

Death 26 Aug 1920 (aged 85)
Traer, Tama County, Iowa, USA
Burial Traer, Tama County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 18517287 · View Source
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U.S. Congressman, Presidential Cabinet Secretary. Born in Ayrshire, Scotland, he immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1852 and finally settled in Iowa in 1855. He attended the Grinnell Iowa College, taught school and engaged in agricultural pursuits. Entering politics, he was a member of the Iowa State House of Representatives (1868-73). In 1873, he was elected as a Republican to the Forty-third and Forty-fourth Congresses, serving until 1877 and presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Forty-eighth Congress, serving (1883-85). After leaving Congress, he was director and a professor of agriculture at the Iowa Agricultural College (1891-97). In 1897, President McKinley appointed him the 4th Secretary of Agriculture, serving also on the cabinets of Presidents Roosevelt and Taft, until 1913. After leaving office, he lived in retirement until his death.

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