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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
Wide view of the James Harlan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 8, 2010
2. Wide view of the James Harlan Marker
War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Iowa - State Historical Society of Iowa series list.
 
Location. 40° 57.942′ N, 91° 33.225′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, in Henry County. Marker is at the intersection of West Washington Street (U.S. 34) and South Main Street, on the right when traveling west on West Washington Street. The marker is located on southern edge of Central Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Pleasant IA 52641, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Harlan (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Camp Harlan (approx. 1.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress - Harlan, James, (1820 - 1899). (Submitted on July 16, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. Abraham Lincoln's White House - James Harlan (1820-1899). (Submitted on July 16, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
Harlan-Lincoln House (1872) image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 8, 2010
3. 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.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 986 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 16, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
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