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Mount Pleasant in Henry County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

James Harlan

1820-1899

 
 
James Harlan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 8, 2010
1. James Harlan Marker
Inscription.  
Harlan moved to Iowa in 1845, and was elected state superintendent of public instruction two years later. He became President of Iowa Wesleyan University in 1853, and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1855. After winning a second term, President Abraham Lincoln appointed him Secretary of the Interior. Harlan resigned his cabinet post in 1866 and regained his former senate seat, but was defeated for re-election in 1872. After serving on the Alabama Claims Commission, the body empowered to settle damages resulting from loss of U.S. shipping by a British-built ship sailing for the Confederacy during the Civil War, he retired to Mount Pleasant.
Harlan’s daughter, Mary, was the wife of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of the President.
 
Erected 1979 by Iowa State Historical Department, Division of the State Historical Society and by the Henry County Historical Society. (Marker Number 37.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationIndustry & Commerce
Harlan-Lincoln House image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 26, 2021
2. Harlan-Lincoln House
(James Harlan marker is located on left/west side of house.)
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War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Iowa - State Historical Society of Iowa series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1845.
 
Location. 40° 58.492′ N, 91° 33.119′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, in Henry County. Marker is at the intersection of West Broad Street and North Main Street, on the right when traveling west on West Broad Street. Marker is located near the southwest corner of the Harlan-Lincoln house. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 West Broad Street, Mount Pleasant IA 52641, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Das Deutsches Kollegium (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); P.E.O. Sisterhood Founded (about 500 feet away); Iowa Wesleyan College (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Iowa Wesleyan College (about 500 feet away); Belle Babb Mansfield (about 600 feet away); Votes For Women (about 700 feet away); Harlan Hotel (approx. half a mile away); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
 
Also see . . .  James Harlan (1820-1899). Mr. Lincoln's White House website entry (Submitted on July 16, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
James Harlan Monument image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 26, 2021
3. James Harlan Monument
(located on the south side of the Iowa Wesleyan University Admissions building)
 
 
Harlan-Lincoln House (1872) image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 8, 2010
4. Harlan-Lincoln House (1872)
The home of James Harlan, later Robert Todd Lincoln, now a museum on the Iowa Wesleyan College campus in Mount Pleasant.
Previous location of the James Harlan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 8, 2010
5. Previous location of the James Harlan Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,036 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 16, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on July 24, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   4, 5. submitted on July 16, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.

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Jan. 26, 2022