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1840-1845, Samuel Reno Morgan (No Photo Available)


1840-1845, Samuel Reno Morgan (No Photo Available)



Samuel Morgan Reno was born in Mercer County Pennsylvania on July 19, 1816, the son of Charles Reno and Frances Laughlin. Morgan moved to Iowa in 1839 and married Margaret A. Hammer on Feb. 23, 1843. They had two children: Charles M. and Flora. Reno was the third and last Territorial Librarian and the second Treasurer of the Territory, holding the office from Jan. 1840 to Jan. 1841. He was also the first State Treasurer of Iowa, elected to the office Oct. 1846 and served two terms through 1850. During the Civil War, Reno served as a Lieutenant in the Sixth Iowa Cavalry. Morgan Reno was a lawyer and his Supreme Court cases can be found in the Morris Reports and Greene Reports. He died in Iowa City July 10, 1869 and was buried in Oakland Cemetery. His widow died in 1899. His son, Charles M. Reno, served as City Treasurer, County Treasurer, and Mayor of Iowa City. Stiles, Edward H. Recollections and Sketches of Notable Lawyers and Public Men of Early Iowa. Des Moines: Homestead Pub., 1916. 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa, p.767, line 9, household of Morgan Reno, (Online: Heritage Quest, 2008) History of Johnson County, Iowa containing a history of the county, and its townships, cities and villages from 1836 to 1882. together with biographical sketches… Iowa City, IA: 1883. 904 Ancestry World Tree Project: Family Tree of Gregg Reno,


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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