In 1839, a 33-year-old businessman from Ohio came to Iowa, started a small stagecoach operation, driving most of the coaches himself. Over the next two years, he secured contracts with the Post Office Department – transporting mail between Dubuque, Davenport, and Iowa City – which led to more routes, and the successful expansion of his business.
By 1842, this entrepreneur was elected to represent Jackson County at the Iowa Territorial Legislative Assembly in Iowa City, and by 1846, when Iowa became the 29th state in the Union, the Democrats nominated him to become Iowa’s first state governor.
Meet Ansel Briggs – Iowa’s only senior leader who began his career as a stagecoach driver!
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