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1949-1953, William S. Beardsley


1949-1953, William S. Beardsley



New Virginia, Iowa Republican William S. Beardsley, son of William and Carrie Shane Beardsley, was born in Beacon, Iowa on May 13, 1901. He attended public school at Birmingham, Iowa and graduated from Birmingham High School and the Bowen Institute of Pharmacy and Chemistry at Brunswick, Missouri. In 1919 he married Charlotte E. Manning of Birmingham and they had three sons and two daughters. In 1922 he established a drug store in New Virginia, Iowa and purchased a 900 acre farm. He served as senator from Clarke and Warren Counties from 1932 to 1940 where he became the majority leader in 1936. In 1947 he was elected to the House of Representatives from Warren County. Beardsley was elected governor in 1948, re-elected in 1950 and in 1952, being the third man in 107 years of statehood to succeed himself to a third term. He was elected by the largest vote ever given a candidate for office of governor in Iowa. He was a member of the Methodist Church, the Masonic Bodies of the International Order of the Odd fellows and the American Academy of Political Science.


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Iowa Official Register, The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa, Wikipedia.


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