Josiah Bonney Papers
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Scope and Contents
This collection consists of correspondence and photographs. The correspondence is organized chronologically and ranges in date from1848 to 1856.
- Creation: 1841-1856
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1848-1849
- Bonney, Josiah (Person)
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This collection is open for research.
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Biographical / Historical
Josiah Bonney was born February 14, 1817 in Steuben County, New York. His father died the following summer and soon after that his mother moved to Tioga County, New York. At the age of fourteen he went to Elmira, New York, where he clerked in the dry goods business for about four years. In the fall of 1838 he emigrated west, where he settled about three miles from Keosauqua, Iowa. There he engaged in the mercantile business. In 1840 he was elected sheriff and thereafter he held many positions, including County Clerk, State Legislator, Secretary of State, Commissioner for the Improvement of the Des Moines River, and steward of the poor farm. On May 20, 1841, he was married to Orpha F. Stannard. They had six children: Mary J., Anna A., Arma F., Orpha, Estella R., and C. Hinman.
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Language of Materials
Secretary of State of Iowa . Correspondence and photographs. 81 items.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Mrs. Jo Stong in 1974.
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