George Washington Clarke
This biographical paragraph accompanies the picture on the right:
"Iowa's Twenty-first governor was born in Shelby County, Indiana, October 24, 1852, and was four years of age when his parents settled at Drakesville, in Davis County, in Southeastern Iowa. He had been lieutenant governor for two terms. He was a farm boy, a country school teacher, later graduated from Oskaloosa College, and in 1878 from the Law School of Iowa State University. He practiced at Adel, Dallas County, and in 1900 was elected a member of the Twenty-eight General Assembly and was speaker of the House in the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Assemblies. As a public speaker, says Brigham, 'few Iowans in public life have surpassed Governor Clarke in forcefulness. His is a thought preparation rather than a grouping of words. He never uses a manuscript, except for state occasion, and then his thought runs ahead of the page.'"
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