History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century/4/Warren S. Dungan
WARREN S. DUNGAN was born at Frankfort Springs, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, on the 12th of September, 1822. He was reared on a farm, attending school in the winter months and assisting in the work of the farm during the summers. When eighteen years of age he entered Frankfort Academy. He taught school winters, after leaving the academy, until he was twenty-eight, earning money to enable him to study law. He was admitted to the bar in 1856 and came to Iowa, locating at Chariton. where he opened a law office. In 1861 he was elected on the Republican ticket to the State Senate for four years. When the war began he was active in raising troops for the Union armies and in the organization of the Thirty-fourth Infantry, was appointed lieutenant-colonel, sharing all of the perils and glories of that regiment throughout its term of service. During the last year he was on the staff of Major-General C. C. Andrews, as Inspector-General. At the close of the war Colonel Dungan returned to Chariton and resumed the practice of law. In 1872 he was a delegate to the National Republican Convention which nominated General Grant for a second term and was one of the presidential electors chosen in November. In 1880 he was a member of the Eighteenth General Assembly and was reëlected to the House of the Nineteenth General Assembly. In 1887 he was again elected to the Senate and served a full term of four years. In 1893 Colonel Dungan was nominated by the Republican State Convention for Lieutenant-Governor and elected by a plurality over Bestow, Democrat, of 36,904. His long legislative experience made him an accomplished President of the Senate.