Horace Boies

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Horace Boies
14th Governor of Iowa
In office
February 27, 1890 – January 11, 1894
Lieutenant Alfred N. Poyneer
Samuel L. Bestow
Preceded by William Larrabee
Succeeded by Frank D. Jackson
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the Erie County, 3rd district
In office
January 1, 1857 – December 31, 1857
Preceded by John Clark
Succeeded by John T. Wheelock
Personal details
Born December 7, 1827
Aurora, New York
Died April 4, 1923(1923-04-04) (aged 95)
Long Beach, California
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Adella King (died 1855)
Versalia M. Barber (died 1877)
Children four
Profession Lawyer

Horace Boies (December 7, 1827 – April 4, 1923) served as the 14th Governor of Iowa from 1890 to 1894 as a member of the United States Democratic Party. Boies was the only Democrat to serve in that position from 1855 to 1933, a period of 78 years.[1]

Life before Iowa[edit]

Horace was born in Aurora, New York and started his education in the public school system. He then worked for four years as a farm laborer. It was during this time he decided to further his education. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1852. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Erie Co., 3rd D.) in 1857.[2]

Life in Iowa[edit]

Horace moved to Waterloo, Iowa in 1867 and opened his law office. His legal career became successful.[2]

Boies, who was once a Republican, became a Democrat after the Republican Party began supporting prohibition and high tariffs.[3] In 1889, he was elected governor by opposing the dry Republican demand for prohibition. Reelected in 1891, he was defeated when hard times came in 1893, by Frank D. Jackson, a Republican. He was a prominent populist and advocate of bimetallism. In 1892, Boies ran a distant third in the presidential nominating contest at a Democratic National Convention handily dominated by former (and future) president Grover Cleveland. He died on April 4, 1923, in Long Beach, California. He is buried at the Elmwood Cemetery in Waterloo, Iowa.[2]


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New York Assembly
Preceded by
John Clark
New York State Assembly
Erie County, 3rd District

Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
William Larrabee
Governor of Iowa
1890 – 1894
Succeeded by
Frank D. Jackson