Senator from Marhall county, the Hon. George A. Turner, was born in Canton, Illinois, in 1848. His parents brought him up as a farmer, sending him to school both in the country and in Canton. He was old enough to be of service when the civil war broke out and enlisted first in 67th Illinois volunteer infantry. At the expiration of his term he enlisted in the 51st Illinois infantry and at the time of his charge in 1865 held the rank of first lieutenant and quartermaster. Since war times he has been an Iowa farmer in Marshall county, paying more special attention to fine stock. For nine years he was a member of the county board of supervisors. His first term in the Senate was in the Twenty-fourth General Assembly, so he is a holdover this time. He is a member of the Masons and Knights of Pythias. For a long time he has been a member of the Christian church. Being an old soldier and having the soldiers home in his district he takes a special interest in that institution.