Representative John N. Langfitt View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 8/5/1932
Birth Place: Big Rock, IA
Birth County: Scott
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 41 (1925) - 44 (1931)
House: 37 (1917) - 38 (1919)
Home County: Adair
John N. Langfitt
Adair County


MR. SPEAKER: John N. Langfitt was born at Big Rock, Scott County, Iowa, May 9, 1866. He attended the rural schools, Wilton Academy and Davenport Business College. In 1887 he came to Adair County to the farm occupied as his home at the time of his death.

On May 26, 1892, he was married to Clara A. Martin, daughter of the late W. B. Martin of Des Moines. Mrs. Langfitt preceded him in death, July 14, 1924. He has four surviving children: Harry M., Bernice L., Mildred and John N., Jr. Following his marriage he lived in western Washington for a few years, returning to Greenfield in 1898.

He was united with the Presbyterian Church soon after coming to Adair County and was a member of Crusade Masonic Lodge, Greenfield, and of the Des Moines Consistory.

His interest in the political and civic activities of his community began as a member of the board of trustees of the Presbyterian Church, where he served for forty-five years, being chairman of the board for twenty-five years.

He was chosen to represent Adair county in the State Legislature in 1917 and 1919. Following his two terms as Representative he was elected to the office of State Senator from the Adair-Madison district, where he served from 1925 to 1932.

He died at the Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines on August 5, 1932, after an extended illness of over two years.

John N. Langfitt was a typical product of his day and generation, representing the best type of the sons and daughters of the early pioneers, who made a valuable contribution to Iowa history. Of unimpeachable character, unassuming, painstaking and industrious in the part that he played in the history of politics, legislation and business of the state, he has left a record that his family and friends will always be proud of. He was one of the builders and not underminers of the commonwealth. The welfare of the people, whom he represented, was always his chief concern. He will be remembered by those who knew him, as a man of outstanding worth.

Therefore, Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Forty-fifth General Assembly, That in the death of the Honorable John N. Langfitt the state has lost a worthy and influential citizen, and that we extend to his relatives and friends our sincere sympathy, and

Be It Further Resolved, That this resolution of respect and appreciation be printed in the Journal of the House and that the Chief Clerk be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.





Unanimously adopted April 11, 1933.