Senator George Washington Bemis View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 9/24/1905
Birth Place: Spencer, Massachusetts
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 14 (1872) - 15 (1874)
House: 8 (1860)
Home County: Buchanan
George Washington Bemis
Buchanan County

GEORGE W. BEMIS was born in Spencer, Mass., Oct. 13, 1826; he died at Independence, Iowa, Sept. 24, 1905. When he was eleven years old his family removed to Genesee county, N. Y., where they settled upon a farm. His youth was mainly spent at the old home where he worked through the summer and attended school in the winter. He also attended Carey Collegiate Seminary in Otsego county, N. Y. Shortly after reaching his majority he spent two winters teaching in Wisconsin, and in 1854 removed to Iowa and settled in Independence, where he resided until his death. His first public employment was that of county surveyor of Buchanan county, while he also carried on an extensive real estate and banking business. He was chosen a member of the eighth general assembly in 1859, serving in the house during the regular session of 1860 and the extra war session of 1861. He was chairman of the committee on the State University and also a member of the appropriations committee. During the session of 1860 Mr. Bemis introduced an important bill relating to the duties of county surveyors, which elicited much discussion at the time. After the expiration of his legislative service he was appointed postal clerk on the Dubuque and Sioux City Railroad, in which capacity he served seven years. About the year 1868 a vacancy having occurred in the Board of Commissioners in charge of the erection of the insane asylum at Independence he was appointed by Governor Merrill to fill the place. He resigned from this position in 1871, but was reappointed by Governor Carpenter the following year. He served as State senator in the sessions of 1872 and 1874, where he held several important places on committees, and was chairman of that on public buildings. In 1876 he was elected State treasurer and re-elected to the same office in 1878. Upon the expiration of this latter office, he retired to Independence where he resided the remainder of his life. Mr. Bemis was a public officer of marked ability and most unquestioned integrity. He won distinguished credit in every place, and no breath of suspicion of the least wrong doing was ever raised against him. The State has never had a more efficient public servant.

Senate District 37
15th GA (1874)
Legislation Sponsored
15th GA (1874)