Linn County, IA Biographies


First Sheriff of Linn County

Hosea W. Gray was the first sheriff of Linn county, receiving his appointment from Territorial Governor Robert Lucas in 1838. Gray was a leader in the country throughout his life, being a member of the state constitutional convention at Iowa City in 1844, an early historian of Linn county, a Civil war officer, and one of the county's foremost citizens. The above picture was reproduced, as were many others in this edition, by The Sentinel's Photo-engraving department from the only known picture of Mr. Gray, a ferrotype that is a part of a group display of the pictures of the delegates to the constitutional convention of which Gray was a member. The display hangs on the wall of the office of the editor of the Annals of Iowa in the State Historical, Memorial, and Art Museum in Des Moines.

From the Linn County Centennial Edition of The Marion Sentinel, Aug 26, 1937

Article scanned by Alison Newhall.

Submitted by Alison Newhall on March 26th, 1999.
Copyright 1999 by Alison Newhall, All Rights Reserved.
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