Francis Gehon

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Francis Gehon
Born 1797
Tennessee, United States
Died April 2, 1849
Dubuque, Iowa
Residence Iowa
Occupation politician

Francis Gehon (1797 – April 2, 1849) was an American politician from Iowa.

Born in Tennessee in 1797, Gehon lived in Kentucky and Illinois during his early years.[1] He operated a trading post in Helena, Arkansas before moving to Dodgeville, Wisconsin. He served as a United States Marshal in Wisconsin. He commanded a militia company in Wisconsin during the Black Hawk War. He later settled in Peru, Iowa, where he managed a store.

A Democrat, Gehon served on the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors. He also served as a United States Marshal for Iowa and served in the Iowa Militia as brigadier general in command of the 2nd Brigade.[2]

In 1839, Gehon was elected the delegate from Iowa Territory to the United States House of Representatives, but never took office. The United States Congress extended the term of William W. Chapman to bring the term of office in line with the rest of the United States House of Representatives. In 1843, Gehon was elected to the Iowa Territorial Council and in 1844, he was elected to the first Iowa Constitutional Convention.[3]

Gehon was offered command of a company of dragoons raised for the Mexican-American War, but declined because of ill health.

He died in Dubuque, Iowa on April 2, 1849.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ellen M. Whitney, Illinois State Historical Library, Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library: The Black Hawk War, 1831-1832, 1973, page 615
  2. ^ Francis Gehon, Dubuque Encyclopedia
  3. ^ The Illustrated History of the State of Iowa
  4. ^ State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa Journal of History, Volume 43, 1945, page 261