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Josiah Bonney Papers

Identifier: MsC0305

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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


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This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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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.


0.25 Linear Feet

81 items

Language of Materials



Secretary of State of Iowa . Correspondence and photographs. 81 items.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Jo Stong in 1974.

Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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