TFI #20 – Territorial Agent Jesse Williams – 1841.

Territorial Agent Jesse Williams

When Robert Lucas came to Iowa from Ohio in August 1838 to take up his newly-appointed assignment as Territorial Governor, he brought with him two young assistants – Theodore S. Parvin and Jesse Williams. Over time, Williams not only served as one of Lucas’ private secretaries, but he was also assigned as Territorial Auditor (1840), Territorial Agent (1841), and Territorial Secretary (1845). It was during his one-year stint as Territorial Agent (1841), when the construction of Iowa Territory’s new capitol in Iowa City was not going well. Funding was very limited and Williams was given the job of coming up with some creative fund-raising – which he did by connecting with one of Dubuque’s earliest settlers – Edward Langworthy. As it turned out, Williams saved the capitol, but it cost him his job.

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Back in 1979 – The Iowa City Press Citizen ran a special seven-page section called Chronology 1841/1979 and it featured Iowa City’s famed historian – Irving Weber – and his look at 25 People Who Left Their Stamp On Iowa City. So, here we are – forty-four years later – and now, I’m offering these two posts – dedicated to those who have greatly influenced our city over the first 100 years or so. This page features the First 25, and as you can see, each of the 25 names has a brief overview with a link(s) to read more, if you like. Enjoy!

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