History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century/4/Daniel P. Stubbs

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[Yours truly, D. P. Stubbs]


DANIEL P. STUBBS was born in Preble County, Ohio, July 7, 1829. He was reared on a farm where he aided his father and attended the district school, with a few months' instruction at Union County Academy, Indiana. He began teaching in the public schools in 1853 and in 1854 and the following year he was principal of the academy he had formerly attended. During this time he was reading law and later took the law course in Asbury University where he graduated in 1856. Entering upon the practice of his profession he also had editorial charge of the Union County Herald. In 1857 he came to Iowa, locating at Fairfield which has since been his home. In 1863 he was elected to the State Senate and served in the Tenth and Eleventh General Assemblies, being on the standing committees on Federal relations, railroads, charitable institutions and during his entire term serving on the judiciary committee. In 1868 he was elected president pro tem., of the Senate. He was the author of the following joint resolution which passed the General Assembly in 1864:

Section I—Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section II—Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Mr. Stubbs was originally a Liberty party man, but after 1856 acted with the Republicans. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1864 which nominated Abraham Lincoln for reëlection and served on the National Executive Committee for four years. He later joined the Greenback party and was the candidate for Governor in 1877.