Iowa History Timeline
Louisiana Purchase (all of Iowa is included in the Louisiana Purchase) bought for a total of 15 million, under 3 cents an acre
Berryman Jennings taught in a log cabin in Lee country in southeast Iowa. Paid privately by parents who wanted their kids to have an education.
Methodist Church becomes first Christian Church in Iowa
With a population of 22,859, Iowa is allowed to appoint a governor, Robert Lucas becomes first territorial governor.
After graduating from Andover Theological Seminary, 8 Congregationalists enter Iowa to start churches, schools, and colleges.
Iowa becomes the 29th state in America.
All Native American Indian claim to Iowa land is officially gone after the Sioux Cession in northwest Iowa.
Old constitution of 1846 is trashed and a new constitution is drawn up starting from scratch. There have been 36 amendments
Iowa created this board in order to encourage immigration from Europe to Iowa. Brochures are printed in English, Dutch, German, Swedish, and Danish.
Organized by Joseph A. Dugdale to start women’s suffrage in Iowa.
Only Iowan born president is born in West Branch, Iowa.
For the first time, Iowa produced the most corn of any state.
Grant Wood born in Iowa—most famous artist from Iowa, popular for “American Gothic”
George Washington Carver transfers from Simpson College to Iowa State for five years he was the only black student. Later became first black to earn a Master’s degree as well as the first black faculty member.
Maytag begins in Newton Iowa start producing washing machines.
In 1905, J.E. Buxton from Buxton Iowa co-founded the Niagra movement which became the NAACP in 1909
Pvt. Merle Hay is one of 3 men killed simultaneously by an explosion in France.
Viola Babcock Miller was a result of early Iowan women’s suffrage movements, by 1935 she helped create and then headed the Iowa State Patrol increasing from 50 officers in 1935 to 150 by 1938.
Atanasoff-Berry Computer is the first electronic digital computer built at Iowa State University.
Reached approximately 400 homes in the Quad-Cities.
Iowan Native Meredith Wilson from Mason City gets his first Broadway start with, “The Music Man”
Iowa company, Amana Corporation sold the first countertop microwave oven.
Borlaug wins the prize for his work creating strains of disease-resistant wheat in Mexico and India as well as increased the food supply in third world countries.
The beginning of the annual bike race across Iowa.
Field of Dreams is filmed in Dyersville Iowa.
Zach Johnson from Cedar Rapids and Drake graduate won the Masters.