John Selby Townsend

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John Selby Townsend
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 8th district
In office
December 6, 1852 – December 3, 1854
Personal details
Born (1824-08-24)August 24, 1824
Morganfield, Kentucky, U.S.
Died April 23, 1892(1892-04-23) (aged 67)
Albia, Iowa, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Occupation Judge and politician

John Selby Townsend (August 24, 1824 – April 23, 1892) was an American judge and politician. He was a member of the Democratic Party.

Townsend was born on August 24, 1824 in Morganfield, Kentucky.

Townsend moved to Putnam County, Indiana with his family. He later moved to Albia, Iowa. He studied law and was admitted to the Iowa bar. He served in the Iowa House of Representatives from December 6, 1852 to December 3, 1854 and later served as Iowa district judge.[1]

Townsend died on April 23, 1892 in Albia, Iowa, at the age of 67.


Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
State Representative, 8th Representative District
December 6, 1852 – December 3, 1854
Succeeded by