It’s our duty to preserve our state’s heritage
Although we are often “upset” with them for one reason or other, governors are special people. To serve as the chief executive of a state of this great nation is not only an honor, but a terrific responsibility.
Since our statehood on December 28, 1846, Iowa has had 42 governors. Two, being Samuel Kirkwood (1860-1864; 1876-1877) and Terry Branstad, (1983-1999; 2011- Incumbent) first retired and then were later re-elected to the governorship.
I recently learned that Iowa’s seventh governor, Samuel Merrill, who served Iowa during the early years of 1868-1872, was in a mausoleum in Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines. I visited the site, and was shocked and ashamed at the condition of the structure in which his remains are interred.
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