Stephen P. Hempstead

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Stephen Hempstead

Stephen P. Hempstead (b. October 1, 1812, New London, Connecticut – d. February 16, 1883, Dubuque, Iowa) was the second Governor of Iowa. A Democrat, he served from 1850 to 1854.

Biography[edit]

Hempstead moved to the Iowa territory, and was active in politics in the years leading up to Iowa's gaining statehood. Hempstead represented the northern parts of Iowa in the Territorial Legislature at Burlington, Iowa.

Hempstead represented Dubuque County in the Iowa constitutional convention in 1846. Hempstead was subsequently elected as governor in 1850. In 1851, he helped write the laws which would form the basis of the Iowa code.

After his term as governor was finished, Hempstead was elected as a judge in Dubuque County. He held this position for 12 years, from 1855 to 1867. Hempstead died on February 16, 1883 in Dubuque, Iowa, where he was interred in Linwood Cemetery. In the late 1960s, the city of Dubuque, Iowa honored Hempstead by naming its second public high school after him.

Political offices
Preceded by
Ansel Briggs
Governor of Iowa
December 4, 1850 – December 9, 1854
Succeeded by
James W. Grimes