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1858-1860, John Parshall Coulter


1858-1860, John Parshall Coulter



John P. Coulter was born about 1803 in Pennsylvania. He became a physician, moved to Wooster, Ohio and married Elizabeth. John and Elizabeth had four children in Ohio: Lewis, Edward, Elnora, and Flora. The family moved to Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa and John Coulter became the State Librarian from 1858 to 1860. Coulter volunteered in the 12th Iowa Infantry, Company D during the Civil War, serving as a Lieutenant Colonel. Afterwards, he moved his family to Marion, Iowa (also in Linn County), and was the County Auditor from 1870-1875. Coulter died in 1879 at age 76 and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Cedar Rapids. 1850 US. Federal Census, Town of Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio, p.239, line 11, J.P. Coulter household, (Online: 1860 US. Federal Census, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, p.462, line 36, John P. Coulter household (Online: Heritage Quest, 2008) 1870 US. Federal Census, Town of Marion, Linn County, Iowa, p.229, line 39, John Coulter household (Online: Heritage Quest, 2008) The History of Linn County, Iowa, containing a history of the county, its cities, towns. Chicago: Western Historical Co. 1878: 362 Lothrop, Charles H. Medical & Surgical Directory of the State of Iowa 1880-1881. Lyons, IA, 1876-1886.


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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