Leslie M. Shaw ~ born Morristown, Vermont ~ November 2, 1848
LESLIE M. SHAW, sixteenth Governor of Iowa, was born in Morristown, Vermont,
November 2, 1848, was reared on a farm and attended the academy of
Morrisville.He came to Iowa in 1869 and entered Cornell College at Mount Vernon, from
which he graduated in 1874.Mr. Shaw was dependent upon his won exertions for
the means to defray his expenses while attending the Iowa College of Law.
These he met by work in the harvest field, teaching and selling nursery stock.
In 1876 he located at Denison in Crawford County and began the practice of law.
He was a hard worker and soon won a prominent position at the bar.Mr. Shaw
began the accumulation of a library and in time possessed one of the best
collections of law books in the State.He was a liberal contributor to the
establishment of the Academy and Normal School at Denison, engaged in banking and
became president of a bank at Denison and also at Manilla.In the presidential
campaign of 1896, Mr. Shaw for the first time took an active part in politics
and in the discussion of money issue he made able arguments for the gold
standard which attracted attention and gave him a State-wide reputation as an
effective public speaker.In 1897 he was nominated by the Republican State
Convention for Governor and after a spirited canvass was elected by a majority of
over 11,000.Two years later he was reelected by a majority of over 11,000.In
1898 he was president of the Sound Money Convention at Indianapolis, where
his speech was considered an able defense of the gold standard.Upon the
expiration of his second term in January, 1902, Governor Shaw was appointed by
President Roosevelt Secretary of the Treasury.
Debbie Clough Gerischer
Iowa Gen Web, Assistant CC, Scott County
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