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Catalog Number 00378
Object Name Portrait
Description James Wilson (Tama Jim) by Wilbur A. Reaser. 1835-1920. Legislator, Congressman, Secretary of Agriculture. Born in Ayrshire, Scotland, August 16, 1839. Removed to Norwich, Connecticut, 1852, and to Traer, Iowa, 1855. Took up farming as early as 1861. Representative, 12, 13, 14, General Assmbly, 1868-1874; Speaker of House, 1870-1874. Regent, Iowa State University, 1870-1883. Member of Iowa Railway Commission, 1878-1883. Professor of Agriculture, Iowa State College, 1891-1897. United States Congressman, 1873-1877, 1883-1885. Editor, Agricultural Digest. United States Secretary of Agricultre, 1897-1913.
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