Department of Iowa - Civil War Monuments
Johnson County - Iowa City

Governor Samuel J. Kirkwood
Gov. Kirkwood (1813-1894) served as Iowa's War Governor from 1860-64. He was supportive of President Lincoln's policies and was very successful in raising troops to aid the war effort. During the seige at Vicksburg, he visited the many Iowa regiments on duty there. He moved from Ohio to Coralville, Iowa in 1855. He was elected to two terms as Governor and served from 1860-64. He was elected to another term in 1876 - he resigned to become a Senator from 1877 to 1881. He also served for a brief time as Secretary of the Interior in the Garfield Administration. While not in politics, he practiced law and was a bank president. He is buried in Oakland Cemetery on the NE side of the city - turn right or east off Governor Street onto Brown Street to the cemetery. At the office, look slightly left at the top of the hill and you can see the distinctive memorial with the large granite ball. Photos taken 3/6/09. Also refer to the scupture of him at the Vicksburg National Park.

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