A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIALTREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR,INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A.M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department ofIowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and NewYork
JAMES E. JAMISON is a native of Burlington and has had many responsible
connections with the business and public life of that city.
He was born in Burlington November 27, 1880, son of George S. and IdaC.
(Hawkins) Jamison.His father was born in Ireland and his mother inIndiana.
George S. Jamison came to America when a young man, and was onhis way to
Chicago when the great fire of 1871 occurred.This diverted hisjourney to
Burlington, Iowa, where he became chief night clerk in the offices ofthe Chicago,
Burlington & Quincy Railway.He was one of the successfulbusiness men of
Burlington and conducted an insurance agency in that city formany years.He
died October 27, 1907, and his wife in November,1912.
James E. Jamison was educated in the grammar and high schools ofBurlington,
and at the age of nineteen was messenger boy for the First NationalBank.
Two years later he became an office employee of John Blaul SonsCompany,
wholesale grocers.He was there four years and for two years wasclerk in the
Merchants National Bank.This varied employment gave him a valuable experience for his subsequent business career.He then took over the insurance business of his father, and has supplemented its service to keep step with the
advanced progress of insurance in its application to all forms of business and industry.
Mr. Jamison married in 1922 Juanita McGuire, who wasborn at Kirksville,
Missouri, daughter of John E. McGuire, a native ofIowa.
Mr. Jamison was a member of the Iowa General Assembly in the thirty-fifth and thirty-sixth sessions.To fill a vacancy he served three months as commissioner of finance.He has a World war record, having enlisted as a private in Company A of the Fifth Engineers and on July 30, 1918, sailed for France. He was with the Engineers in the Meuse Argonne campaign and in May, 1919, returned to the United States and received his honorable discharge as a private at Camp Dodge in the same month.
Mr. Jamison is a director representing the City of Burlington in the Citizens Water Company and was a director representing the city in the McArthur Bridge over the Mississippi River until that bridge became the property of the city. He is now one of the three jury commissioners of Des Moines County.He is a Democrat, member of the B. P. O. Elks, Loyal Order of Moose and Ancient Order of United Workmen, and is a member of the Rotary Club.
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June 13, 1900
Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa
Sheet Number 14
Geo. S. Jamison, head, September 1849, 50, married 23 years, born in Ireland, parents born in Ireland, insurance agent
Ida Jamison, wife, August 1845, 54, married 23 years, born in Iowa, father born Connecticut, mother born Ohio
James E. Jamison, son, October 1880, 19, single, born in Iowa, father born in Ireland, mother born Iowa, clerk in bank
Janette/Jeanette Jamison, daughter, April 1883, 17, single, born in Iowa, father born in Ireland, mother born in Iowa, at school.