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Linwood Cemetery
Dubuque County, Iowa
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Stephen Hempstead, born in Connecticut on October 1, 1812, moved to Galena in 1830, served as an artillery officer in the Sac and Fox Indian War, located to Dubuque in 1836, elected Governor of the State of Iowa in 1850.
Lavinia Moore Lackland, his wife, born February 7, 1819, died January 3, 1871.

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Posted on Jan-6-2014 by CHERYL MOONEN
HON. STEPHEN HEMPSTEAD, ex-Governor of the State of Iowa; was born at New London, Conn., Oct. 1, 1812, and lived in that State with his parents until the spring of 1828, then removed to St. Louis, Mo., and settled upon a farm a few miles from the city; in the spring of 1830, he went to Galena, Ill., and was there during the Sac and Fox war, and was an officer in an artillery company, which Con't.

Posted on Jan-6-2014 by CHERYL MOONEN
been organized for the protection of the place. After the defeat of Black Hawk and the close of the war, entered as a student of Illinois College at Jacksonville, remaining there about two years; returned to Missouri and commenced the study of law and finished the regular course under Charles S. Hempstead, then a prominent lawyer of Galena; in 1836, he was admitted to practice as an Con't.

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attorney in all the courts of the Territory of Wisconsin, which then embraced the Territory of Iowa, and, the same year located at the town if Dubuque, and was the first lawyer who commenced the practice of his profession in the place; upon the organization of the Territorial government of Iowa in 1838, he was, with Gen. Warner Lewis, elected to represent the northern portion of the Con't.

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Territory in the Legislative Council, which assembled at Burlington during that year, and was Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary, one of the most important committees in the Council; at the second session of that body, was elected President thereof; was again elected a member of the Council in 1845, which was held in Iowa City, and was again chosen President of the same. In 1844, Con't.

Posted on Jan-6-2014 by CHERYL MOONEN
he was elected one of the delegates of Dubuque County to the first convention to frame a constitution for the State of Iowa, and was Chairman of the Committee on Incorporation's; in 1848, he was, with Judge Charles Mason and W. G. Woodward, appointed Commissioner by the Legislature to revise the laws of the State of Iowa, and which revision, with a few amendments, was adopted as the Con't.

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code of Iowa of 1851; in 1850, he was elected Governor of the State of Iowa and served in that position for four years, being the full term under the then Constitution, and was the second Governor of the State; in 1855, he was elected County Judge of Dubuque County, and held that office for about twelve years; under his administration, were erected the principal county buildings, Con't.

Posted on Jan-6-2014 by CHERYL MOONEN
the jail, poorhouse and some valuable bridges; his health being very much impaired, he has retired from public life to enjoy quietude and repose. “The History of Dubuque County"

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