Senator Lucien Moody Kilburn View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 3/9/1922
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 25 (1894) - 27 (1898)
Home County: Adair
Family Members Who Served in the Iowa Legislature: Brother: Galen F. Kilburn; GA 12
Lucien Moody Kilburn
Adair County


MR. PRESIDENT—Your committee appointed to prepare resolutions commemorating the life, character and services of Lucian Moody Kilburn, of Greenfield, Adair county, beg leave to submit the following report:

Lucian Moody Kilburn was born in West Boscawen, New Hampshire. January 20, 1842. His parents were of English descent, and both of his grandfathers fought In the Revolutionary war. He was born and reared on a farm, and received his education in the public schools and at Elmwood Academy of Boscawen and the Literary Institute of New London. For two years he was superintendent of schools in his native town.

He enlisted in Company E, 16th New Hampshire Volunteers in October, 1862, and served as corporal of his company during the term of his services.

He came to Iowa in November, 1868, and the next year settled on and improved the farm near Fontanelle where he lived for many years, and engaged again in teaching school. In 1870 he married Elizabeth H. Peet, who was a teacher in the lower grades of the Fontanelle schools.

He was instrumental in the organization of a local horticultural society, and gave considerable attention to bee culture, and for some time had quite an apiary and even took two or three colonies of bees with him when he moved to Greenfield. He was always active in the furthering of any plans proposed for the betterment of the community. He was one of the first policy holders in the Adair County Mutual Insurance Association which began business in 1888 with fifty thousand dollars risks and which has now grown to an association with over five million dollar risks. He was its president from its organization until his death, a period of 34 years. He was also a stock holder and director in the First National Bank of Fontanelle.

In 1893 he was elected to the state Senate from Adair and Madison counties, to fill the vacancy caused by the election of the former senator to congress. He was re-elected at the next election, thus serving six years as state senator.

His last years were spent in his home In Greenfield, where he moved in 1913, and much of his time was spent at the public library, where he could always find books and magazine friends to his liking which he could always enjoy.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth H., his son, George G., and a daughter.

He passed on without regret for the past or fear for the future.

“To him death is but the beginning of life,

Not the close but the dawn Of the day;

The end of all sorrow, the end of all strife,

With earth’s barriers broken away.”

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, By the Senate of the Fortieth General Assembly of Iowa, that In the death of L. M. Kilburn, the state and community where he lived have suffered the loss of an influential and honorable citizen; and

Be It Further Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the Journal of the Senate and that the secretary be directed to send an engrossed copy thereof to the family of the deceased.