Senator Asa L. Ames View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 2/7/1934
Birth Place: Buckingham Township, Iowa
Birth County: Tama
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 34 (1911) - 35 (1913)
Home County: Tama
Asa L. Ames
Tama County

ASA LEE AMES was born on a farm a few miles north of Traer, Iowa, July 2, 1859, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Doris Shearer, in Chicago, February 7, 1934. Burial was in Buckingham Cemetery, not far from his birthplace. His parents were John T. and Mary J. (Reed) Ames, pioneers in that locality. Asa L. was educated in rural common school, and in Grinnell College, from which he was graduated in 1882. He followed his father’s vocation, that of farmer and stockman, remaining on the original homestead where he was born. Besides holding various school and township offices, he was a member of the Traer Town Council. He was prominent in farm organizations and was the first president of the Corn Belt Meat Producers Association at the time of its organization and held that position three years, resigning it to become president of the Co-operative Livestock Commission Company. He became Chicago manager of the latter company, and temporarily resided in Chicago for some years. In 1910 he was elected senator from the Benton-Tama District and served in the Thirty-fourth and Thirty-fifth general assemblies.