Senator Edgar P. Farr View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 2/5/1922
Birth County: Jackson
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 35 (1913) - 36 (1915)
Home County: Woodbury
Edgar P. Farr
Woodbury County


MR. PRESIDENT Your committee which was appointed to prepare resolutions commemorating the life, character and services of Edgar P. Farr of Woodbury County, Iowa, beg leave to submit the following report:

Edgar P. Farr, of Sioux City, Woodbury county, Iowa, was a native of this state, born near the city of Maquoketa, in Jackson county, Iowa, on the eleventh day of January, 1859. He attended the public schools of the county and later attended the Northern Indiana College from which he graduated with the degree of B. S. After graduation, he became a teacher in the Western Normal College of Shenandoah, Iowa, being professor of Higher Mathematics. He graduated from the Law Department of the State University of Iowa with the law class of 1887, and in the fall of that year located at Sioux City, where he lived and practiced law up to the time of his death on the fifth day of February, 1922.

Mr. Farr achieved marked success in the practice of his profession, more especially as a counsellor and adviser. He was a most painstaking and zealous worker in the interest of his clients and was ever faithful to his trust. He never commercialized the profession of law and the question of what he was to make out of a client was never uppermost in his mind, and be the matter intrusted to him great or small, or was the client rich or poor, he always gave the best that was in him to give. Many of the clients which he had at the time of his death had been such through nearly the whole of his professional life.

He took a great interest in the civic and political affairs of the state, county and city. He served on the City Park Commission of Sioux City until the Commission was abolished by the city adopting the Commission form of government. He served as State Senator from Woodbury county, in the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth General Assemblies, being elected as a democrat in a county largely republican.

On the twenty-seventh day of September, 1892, he was united in marriage with Minnie E. Ely of Iowa City, who was then a teacher in the Sioux City High School, and who survives him. To this union one child was born, a son, Daniel E. Farr, who was associated with his father in the practice of law at the time of his father’s death.

Now Therefore, Be It Resolved, By the Senate of the Fortieth General Assembly of Iowa, that in the death of Edgar P. Farr, 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.