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1838-1839, Theodore S. Parvin


1838-1839, Theodore S. Parvin



Theodore Sutton Parvin was born in Cumberland County, New Jersey, Jan. 15, 1817. He graduated from Woodworth College, Ohio in 1833, and from the Cincinnati Law School in 1837. Between these dates, he made for himself a reputation in Ohio as a successful educator. He was a private secretary to Iowa’s territorial Governor Lucas and also served as Territorial Librarian. After Parvin served as US District Attorney for the middle district of Iowa, he filled three terms as probate judge. From 1846 to 1856 he served as clerk of the US District Court. In 1857 he was elected Register of the Iowa State Land Office. He was one of the first trustees of Iowa’s State University, and for ten years was professor of natural sciences in that institution. He was one of the organizers of the State Historical Society, and for several years edited the Annals of Iowa. Theodore Parvin was one of the founders of the Masonic order in Iowa. He died at his home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa June 28th, 1901, at the age of 84. 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. 764-766


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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