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Henry County: Mount Pleasant
GPS Coordinates: 40.974850 by -91.551833
Harlan – Lincoln House at Iowa Wesleyan College
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James Harlan represented Iowa in the Senate intermittently from 1855 to 1873. He was a strong supporter of Abraham Lincoln and was appointed Secretary of Interior shortly before Lincoln’s death in 1865. Daughter Mary Harlan married Robert Todd Lincoln and they and their children made many trips to Mt. Pleasant. The house was built in 1876 and served as a retirement home for James Harlan. The house is undergoing restoration but tours can be arranged by contacting Lynn Ellsworth at 319 385-6320. There are a couple of Civil War items in the home including a drum made at Camp Harlan. They also have a flag from the Battle of Athens on August 5, 1861 but it is not currently on display. Follow Main Street north of the business district to the house. Photos taken 12/18/07.