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1937-1938, John D. Denison


1937-1938, John D. Denison



John D. Denison was born at Clarion, Iowa, September 29, 1872, the son of John D. Denison and Triphena Gorton. John was raised on a farm. He graduated from Clarion High School in 1889, and Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa, in 1893. John was principal of a high school in Kansas for three years and then entered the law department of the University of Nebraska, graduating in 1898. He returned to Clarion to practice law. In 1905 Mr. Denison moved to Dubuque becoming Assistant County Attorney from 1907-1910, then moved to Des Moines, Iowa in 1915 to continue practicing law. Mr. Denison married Maude Lulu Clark in 1900 and had one son, John D. Jr.. Lulu died in Nov. 1916 and John remarried in 1918 to Nannie “Nancy” (McDaniel) Dewey, who had one son, Gordon Dewey. John Denison began his duties as State Librarian on February 15, 1937 serving through 1938. Drennen, Lester W., ed. “Biographies Elective State Officials.” State of Iowa Official Register 1937-1938, Des Moines: State of Iowa, 1938.131-132. Harlan, Edgar R. A Narrative History of the People of Iowa, with special treatment of their chief enterprises in education, religion, valor… Chicago, American Historical Society, 1931: 53-54


State Librarians of Iowa 1837 - 2008 Compiled by Karon S. King Library Resource Technician State Library of Iowa 1112 East Grand Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50319 2008


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