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Capital: Des Moines

State Nickname: Hawkeye State

State Bird: Eastern Goldflinch

State Flower: Wild Rose

Admitted to the Union: December 28, 1846

Governors

December 3, 1846 to December 4, 1850:

Ansel Briggs

December 4, 1850 to December 9, 1854:

Stephen P. Hempstead

December 9, 1854 to January 11, 1860:

Ralph P. Lowe

January 11, 1860 to January 14, 1864:

Samuel J. Kirkwood

January 14, 1864 to January 16, 1868:

William M. Stone

January 16, 1868 to January 11, 1872:

Samuel Merrill

January 11, 1872 to January 13, 1876:

Cyrus C. Carpenter

January 13, 1876 to February 1, 1877:

Samuel J. Kirkwood

February 1, 1877 to January 17, 1878:

Joshua G. Newbold

January 17, 1878 to January 12, 1882:

John H. Gear

January 12, 1882 to January 14, 1886:

Buren R. Sherman

January 14, 1886 to February 26, 1890:

William Larrabee

February 27, 1890 to January 11, 1894:

Harace Boies

January 11, 1894 to January 16, 1896:

Frank D. Jackson

January 16, 1896 to January 13, 1898:

Franics M. Drake

January 13, 1898 to January 16, 1902:

Leslie M. Shaw

January 16, 1902 to November 24, 1908:

Albert B. Cummins

November 24, 1908 to January 14, 1909:

Warren Garst

January 14, 1909 to January 16, 1913:

Beryl F. Carroll

January 13, 1913 to January 11, 1917:

George W. Clarke

January 11, 1917 to January 13, 1921:

William L. Harding

January 13, 1921 to January 16, 1925:

Nathan E. Kendall

January 15, 1925 to January 15, 1931:

John Hammill

January 15, 1931 to January 12, 1933:

Daniel W. Turner

January 12, 1933 to January 14, 1937:

Clyde L. Herring

January 14, 1937 to January 12, 1939:

Nelson G. Kraschel

January 12, 1939 to January 14, 1943:

George A. Wilson

January 14, 1943 to January 11, 1945:

Bourke B. Hickenlooper

January 11, 1945 to January 13, 1949:

Robert D. Blue

January 13, 1949 to November 21, 1954:

William S. Beardsley

Novebmer 22, 1954 to January 13, 1955:

Leo Elthon

January 13, 1955 to January 17, 1957:

Leo Arthur Hoegh

January 17, 1957 to January 12, 1961:

Herschel C. Loveless

January 12, 1961 to January 17, 1963:

Norman A. Erbe

January 17, 1963 to January 1, 1969:

Harold E. Hughes

January 1, 1969 to January 16, 1969:

Robert D. Fulton

January 16, 1969 to January 14, 1983:

Robert D. Ray

January 14, 1983 to 1999:

Terry E. Branstad

1999 --

Tom Vilsack

 
Senators - Class II

December 7, 1848 March 4, 1859

George W. Jones

March 4, 1859 December 6, 1869

James W. Grimes

January 18, 1870 March 4, 1871

James B. Howell

January 18, 1870 March 4, 1871

George G. Wright

March 4, 1871 March 4, 1877

Samuel J. Kirkwood

March 8, 1881 March 4, 1883

James W. McDill

March 4, 1883 March 4, 1895

James F. Wilson

March 4, 1895 July 14, 1900

John H. Gear

August 22, 1900 October 15, 1910

Jonathan P. Dolliver * Died in office

November 12, 1910 April 11, 1911

Lafayette Young

April 12, 1911 February 24, 1922

William S. Kenyon * Resigned office

February 24, 1922 December 1, 1922

Charles A. Rawson

November 7, 1922 April 12, 1926

Smith W. Brookhart

April 12, 1926 March 4, 1931

Daniel F. Steck

March 4, 1931 January 3, 1937

Lester J. Dickinson

January 15, 1937 January 3, 1943

Clyde L. Herring

January 14, 1943 January 3, 1949

George A. Wilson

January 3, 1949 January 3, 1955

Guy Gillette

January 3, 1955 January 3, 1961

Thomas E. Martin

January 3, 1961 January 3, 1973

Jack Miller

January 3, 1973 January 3, 1979

Richard C. Clark

January 3, 1979 January 3, 1985

Roger Jepsen

January 3, 1985

Tom Harkin

Senators - Class III

December 7, 1848 February 22, 1855

Augustus C. Dodge * Resigned office

March 4, 1855 May 15, 1865

James Harlan * Resigned office

January 13, 1866 March 4, 1867

Samuel J. Kirkwood

March 4, 1873 August 4, 1908

James Harlan

March 4, 1873 August 4, 1908

William B. Allison * Died in office

November 24, 1908 July 30, 1926

William B. Allison

November 24, 1908 July 30, 1926

Albert B. Cummins

August 7, 1926 March 4, 1927

David W. Stewart

March 4, 1927 March 4, 1933

Smith W. Brookhart

March 4, 1933 July 16, 1936

Richard L. Murphy

November 3, 1936 January 3, 1945

Guy Gillette

January 3, 1945 January 3, 1969

Bourke B. Hickenlooper

January 3, 1969 January 3, 1975

Harold Hughes

January 3, 1975 January 3, 1981

John Culver

January 3, 1981

Chuck Grassley

 
State Song
Iowa

Written by S.H.M. Byers
To the music of Oh Christmas Tree

You asked what land I love the best, Iowa, tis Iowa,
The fairest State of all the west, Iowa, O! Iowa,
From yonder Misissippi's stream
To where Missouri's waters gleam
O! fair it is as poet's dream, Iowa, in Iowa.

See yonders fields of tasseled corn, Iowa in Iowa,
Where plenty fills her golden horn, Iowa in Iowa,
See how her wonderous praries shine.
To yonder sunset's purpling line,
O! happy land, O! land of mine, Iowa, O! Iowa.

And she has maids whose laughing eyes, Iowa, O! Iowa.
To him whose loves were Paradise, Iowa, O! Iowa
O! happiest fate that e'er was known.
Such eyes to shine for one alone,
To call such beauty all his own. Iowa, O! Iowa

Go read the story of thy past. Iowa, O! Iowa
What glorious deeds, what fame thou hast! Iowa, O! Iowa
So long as time's great cycle runs,
Or nations weep their fallen ones,
Thou'lt not forget thy patriot sons, Iowa, O! Iowa


Click Left Triangle to Play Melody
State Population

1840: 43,112

1850: 192,214

1860: 674,904

1870: 1,194,020

1880: 1,624,615

1890: 1,911,896

1900: 2,231,853

1910: 2,224,771

1920: 2,404,021

1930: 2,470,939

1940: 2,538,268

1950: 2,621,073

1960: 2,755,537

1970: 2,825,368

1980: 2,913,808

1990: 2,776,755

2000: 2,926,382

 


State Capitol Building 1907