Governor. — Term, 4 Years.
|Beginning of Term|
|1. Ansel Briggs||November 30, 1846|
|2. Stephen Hempstead||December 2, 1850|
|3. James W. Grimes||December 3, 1854|
Secretary of State. — Term, 2 Years.
|1. Elisha Cutler, Jr.||November 30, 1846|
|2. Josiah H. Bonney||December 2, 1848|
|3. George W. McCleary (3 terms)||December 2, 1850|
Auditor of State. — Term, 2 Years.
|1. Joseph T. Fales (2 terms)||November 30, 1846|
|2. William Pattee (2 terms)||December 2, 1850|
|3. A. J. Stevens||December 3, 1854|
Treasurer of State. — Term, 2 Years.
|1. Morgan Reno (2 terms)||November 30, 1846|
|2. Israel Kister||December 2, 1850|
|3. M. L. Morris (2 terms)||December 2, 1852|
Superintendent of Public Instruction. — Term, 3 Years.
|1. James Harlan (election declared illegal)||April, 1847|
|2. Thomas H. Benton, Jr. (2 terms)||April, 1848|
|3. James D. Eads||April, 1854|
p235 Board of Public Works. — Term, 2 Years.
|1. Hugh W. Sample, President||August 2, 1847|
|1. Charles Corkery, Secretary||August 2, 1847|
|1. Paul Bratton, Treasurer||August 2, 1847|
|2. William Patterson, President||August 6, 1849|
|2. Jesse Williams, Secretary||August 6, 1849|
|2. º George Gillaspy, Treasurer||August 6, 1849|
Commissioner and Register of the Des Moines River Improvement.
— Term, 2 Years.
|1. V. P. Antwerp, Commissioner||appointed from Feb. 1, 1853.|
|2. Josiah H. Bonney, Commissioner||elected, April 4, 1853|
|1. George Gillaspy, Register||appointed February 1, 1851|
|2. Paul Jeffers, Register||appointed February 1, 1852|
|3. George Gillaspy, Register||elected, April 4, 1853|
Attorney-General. — Term, 2 Years.
|1. D. C. Cloud||August 1, 1853|
|2. D. C. Cloud||August 7, 1854|
The Executive, in 1855
|James W. Grimes, of Burlington, Governor|
|George W. McCleary, Iowa City, Secretary of State|
|A. J. Stevens, Fort Des Moines, Auditor|
|M. L. Morris, Iowa City, Treasurer|
|James D. Eads, Iowa City, Superintendent of Public Instruction|
|D. C. Cloud, Muscatine, Attorney-General|
|Wm. McKay, Commissioner of the Des Moines River Improvement|
|John C. Lockwood, Register of the Des Moines River Improvement|
|Anson Hart, Register of the Land Office|
|Maturin L. Fisher, President of the Senate|
|Reuben Noble, Speaker of the House of Representatives|
p236 Congressional Delegation
|George W. Jones, of Dubuque, Senator||Term expires, 1859|
|James Harlan, of Mt. Pleasant, Senator||Term expires, 1861|
|Augustus Hall, of Keosauqua, Representative|
|James Thorington, of Davenport, Representative|
|George G. Wright, Keosauqua, Chief Justice|
|W. G. Woodward, Muscatine, Associate Justice|
|N. W. Isbell, Marion, Associate Justice|
|George S. Hampton, Iowa City, Clerk|
District Court for Iowa
|J. J. Dyer, of Dubuque, Judge|
|J. C. Knapp, of Keosauqua, District Attorney|
|Laurel Summers, of Le Claire, Marshal|
|Warner Lewis, of Dubuque, Surveyor-General|
Note. — The election for Governor, State Officers, and Board of Public Works is held on the first Monday in August. The term of service of the Governor and State Officers commences on the first Monday in December following the election.
1. General Election — Is held 1st Monday in August, every two years. Time of holding next General Election will be August, 1856. Officers elected: A Governor, once in four years; a State Senator, once in four years; a Secretary, Treasurer, and Auditor of State, Prosecuting Attorney, Clerk of the District Court, Representatives to the General Assembly, and Representatives to Congress, every two years.
p237 2. August Election — Is held 1st Monday in August, every two years, alternate with the years of the General Election. Officers elected: County Judge, once in four years; Sheriff, Coroner, Recorder, and Surveyor, every two years.
3. April Election — Is held annually, 1st Monday in April. Officers elected: Judge of District Court, once in five years; Superintendent of Public Instruction, once in three years; School Fund Commissioner, once in two years; three Township Trustees, a Clerk, two Constables, and an Assessor, every year; two Justices of the Peace (or as many as the Trustees of each township may direct), every two years (one being elected each year).
4. Presidential Election — Is holden 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November, 1856, and every four years thereafter, for the election of Electors of President and Vice-President of the United States, the number of whom is equal to the number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which this State may be entitled.
5. City Elections — Held at such times as fixed by the charter, or as regulated by ordinance; electing Mayor, Marshal, Clerk, Treasurer, and Aldermen.
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