Ralph P. Lowe

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Ralph Phillips Lowe
Ralph P. Lowe, Governor of Iowa - History of Iowa.jpg
4th Governor of Iowa
In office
January 13, 1858 – January 11, 1860
Preceded by James W. Grimes
Succeeded by Samuel J. Kirkwood
Personal details
Born (1805-11-27)November 27, 1805
Warren County, Ohio, U.S.
Died December 22, 1883(1883-12-22) (aged 78)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Republican

Ralph Phillips Lowe (November 27, 1805 – December 22, 1883) was the fourth Governor of Iowa.

Life and career[edit]

Grave of Ralph P. Lowe.

Lowe was born in Warren County, Ohio. He settled in the town of Muscatine, and was selected as a representative to the Iowa state constitutional convention in 1844. He moved to Lee County at the end of the 1840s, and became the district judge succeeding George Henry Williams. He became an Iowa state court judge in 1852. In 1857 he was nominated as the Republican candidate for Governor of Iowa, with Oran Faville as his Lieutenant. He won the election by a narrow margin (38,498 votes to 36,088) and served as Governor for two years between 1858 and 1860.

At the end of his term he was appointed as a justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, which he served as between 1860 and 1867. He resumed practicing law, and in 1874 moved to Washington, D.C., where he died on December 22, 1883. He was interred at Glenwood Cemetery.[1]



  • Bailey, N. Louise; Morgan, Mary L.; Taylor, Carolyn R. (1986). Biographical Directory of the South Carolina Senate: 1776-1985. Volume 1. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 0872494799. 
Political offices
Preceded by
James W. Grimes
Governor of Iowa
Succeeded by
Samuel J. Kirkwood