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1908-1909, Warren Garst


1908-1909, Warren Garst



Warren Garst, Iowa's nineteenth governor, was born in Dayton, Ohio on December 4, 1850 to Dr. Michael Garst and Marie Louise Morrison. At age 8, he and his family moved to Illinois. At age 19 He moved to Iowa, and settled in Coon Rapids, where he and his brother owned and operated a general mercantile store, the Garst Store. He also was one of the founders of the Iowa Savings Bank in Coon Rapids. Garst married Elizabeth Johnson and they had one child, Ada Belle Garst. He was later married to Clara H. Clark and had two children: Louise Garst and Warren Carroll Garst Jr. Garst entered politics as a member of the Iowa State Senate, serving in the 25th thru the 31st General Assemblies. He also served as the lieutenant governor of Iowa from 1907 to 1908. On November 24, 1908, Governor Albert B. Cummins resigned from office, and Garst, who was lieutenant governor at the time, assumed the duties of the governorship. During his short tenure, he continued to carry out the policies of the Cummins administration. He left office on January 14, 1909, and retired from public service. Governor Warren Garst died on October 5, 1924, and was buried at the Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa.


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