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James H. Trewin ~ born Bloomingdale, Illinois ~ November 29, 1858
Posted by: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: November 21, 2003 at 08:36:08
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JAMES H. TREWIN, lawyer and legislator, was born at Bloomingdale, Illinois,
November 29, 1858. He had the usual schooling of a country boy in his youth,
living on a farm and becoming self-supporting at the early age of twelve years.
In 1872 he came to Chickasaw County, Iowa, where he worked on a farm and
attended school, qualifying himself to teach. He attended Bradford Academy,
Cedar Valley Seminary and Lenox College, and was principal of the Delaware and
Farley schools several years. In 1881 Mr. Trewin entered the law office of
Robinson & Powers of Dubuque as a student and was admitted to the bar in 1882. For
the practice of his profession, Mr. Trewin located at Earlville from whence
he removed to Lansing in 1889. While residing in these towns he filled many
positions of trust and in 1893 he was elected from Allamakee County to the House
of the Twenty-fifth General Assembly, serving as chairman of the committee on
municipal corporations and was prominently identified with the enacting of
the mulet law. His most important work, however, was securing the passage of
the bill providing for the revision and codification of the laws which was
accomplished in the Code of 1897. Two years later Mr. Trewin was elected to the
Senate from the Allamakee-Fayette District, where he became chairman of the
committee on schools, and in the revision brought about many desirable changes in
the school laws. He engaged actively in bringing about many reforms and the
curtailment of expenses in the administration of State and municipal affairs.
He secured the passage of the bill providing for the annotation and
publication of the Code by the State; was chosen chairman of the joint committee of the
General Assembly having charge of the publication of the Code and probably had
larger influence in the production of the book of revised statutes than any
other one legislator. During Senator Trewin's second term in the Senate he was
chairman of the committee on cities and towns. In the Republican State
Convention of 1901, Senator Trewin was one of the leading candidates for nomination
for Governor. He removed to Cedar Rapids in 1902. He is a member of the
Louisiana Purchase Exposition Commission from the Fifth District and chairman of
the Department of Education.

Debbie Clough Gerischer
Iowa Gen Web, Assistant CC, Scott County
IAGENWEB: Special History Project:
Gerischer Family Web Site:
1903 Bio.

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