Convention Member Samuel McAtee
Born September 5, 1814 in Scott County, Kentucky. In 1839, Mr. McAtee took a claim in the southern part of Davis county where he built a log cabin. He was one of the first officials of this county and helped to locate and name Bloomfield the county seat. He married Elizabeth Ann Mudd on June 13, 1844, in Scotland County, Missouri. In the early part of 1849, the McAtees’ moved to the site of Bloomfield where two other houses plus their house constituted the complete town dwellings. At the first election held in Davis County, April 4, 1844, he was elected Commissioner. In the August election of 1844, he was elected delegate to the Territorial Convention for the purpose of adopting a constitution and applying for admission into the Union as a State. By an act of Congress, Iowa was admitted as a sovereign State in the American Union December 28, 1846. After serving as Commissioner, Mr. McAtee was elected to other offices including Sheriff, Assessor and County Judge for several years. He took a leading part in obtaining of the rights of way and donations for the three railroads of the county. He was one of the incorporators when the Southern Iowa Normal and Scientific Institute were established January 2, 1874. Mr. McAtee was active all his life in public affairs until his death on June 4, 1877.