The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Iowa: Superintendents of Public Instruction

Iowa Superintendents of Public Instruction, 1847-1971 (May be incomplete!)
James Harlan 1847 Thomas H. Benton, Jr. 1848-54 James D. Eads 1854-57 Joseph Champlin Stone 1857 Maturin L. Fisher 1857-58 Oran Faville 1864-67 D. Franklin Wells 1867-68 Abraham S. Kissell 1868-72 Alonzo Abernethy 1872-76 Carl W. von Coelln 1876-82 John W. Akers 1882-88 Henry Sabin 1888-92 John B. Knoepfler 1892-94 Henry Sabin 1894-98 Richard C. Barrett 1898-1904 John F. Riggs 1904-10 Albert M. Deyoe 1911-18 P. E. McClenahan 1919-22 May E. Francis 1923-26 Agnes M. Samuelson 1927-39 Jessie M. Parker 1939-54 J. C. Wright 1955-61 Paul F. Johnston 1961-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1871: Alonzo Abernethy (Rep), elected.
  • 1938: Jessie M. Parker (Rep), elected.
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