Senator John Nicholas William Rumple View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 1/31/1903
Birth Place: Fostoria, Ohio
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 14 (1872) - 17 (1878)
Home County: Iowa
John Nicholas William Rumple
Iowa County

JOHN N. W. RUMPLE was born near Fostoria, O., March 4, 1841; he died at St. Luke’s hospital, Chicago, Jan. 31, 1903. He was educated in the public schools and Ashland academy in his native state but after coming to Iowa, he attended Western College at Toledo, and the normal department of the State University, at Iowa City. While still a student in the university, in August, 1861, he enlisted in Co. H, 2d Iowa cavalry, remaining in the service until October, 1865, when he was mustered out with the rank of captain. He participated in the battles at Island No. 10, New Madrid, Corinth, Rienzi, Farmington, Iuka, Nashville, Franklin, Columbia, etc. After the war he studied law in the office of Hon. H. M. Martin, of Marengo, Iowa, and was admitted to the bar in 1867. He was a member of the State senate at the adjourned session of the 14th, and in the 15th, 16th and 17th General Assemblies. He served six years as a member of the board of regents of the State University, and as curator of the State Historical Society. He had also held the position of mayor, councilman, city solicitor, member of the school board, and other minor positions. He was elected to the 57th Congress, but declined a renomination to the 58th, owing to his impaired health. His death resulted from cancer of the lip, which had baffled every effort of general or special treatment.