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George Cosson Papers

Identifier: MsC0498

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Scope and Contents

The papers of George Cosson consist of items dating from 1903 to 1961. Most of the collection consists of material regarding the case of Fred Stover v. Central Broadcasting Company and other files relating to Stover. The papers also include The Cosson Laws, Enlightenment and the World Crisis, The Iowa Plan, and copies of his speeches and correspondence files with letter from Guy M. Gillette and others.


  • Creation: 1903-1961
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1940-1959


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Missouri native George Cosson (1876 -- 1963) was educated at Valparaiso University in Indiana and the University of Iowa. He was admitted to the bar in 1898 and established his legal practice in Audubon, Iowa. In 1907, he became the special counsel for the state attorney general. Cosson was elected to the state senate in 1909 and served as a Republican in the 33rd General Assembly. From 1911 to 1917, he held the office of Attorney General of the State of Iowa. Nominated for governor by the Republican party, Cosson ran an unsuccessful campaign in 1916. The following year he left government and resumed his private legal career, establishing a law firm in Des Moines. Cosson did not seek an elected office again until 1932 when he became the party's candidate for U.S. Senate. After losing the election, he once again returned to his law practice in Des Moines. In 1935, Cosson joined the faculty of Drake University, where he taught tax law. Cosson is the author of a number of papers including The Cosson Laws and This Conflicting World.


2.50 Linear Feet

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Attorney General of Iowa. The collection consists primarily of material regarding the case of Fred Stover vs. Central Broadcasting Company and other files relating to Stover. There are also copies of Cosson's writings, along with speeches, clippings, and correspondence files.

Source of Acquisition

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Cosson's grandson, George Cosson III.



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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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