Representative Herbert E. Dean View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 3/27/1931
Birth County: O’Brien
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 41 (1925) - 42 (1927)
House: 37 (1917) - 38 (1919)
Home County: Osceola
Herbert E. Dean
Osceola County


MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee appointed to prepare resolutions commemorating the life and public service of the Honorable Herbert E. Dean, State Representative, State Senator and member of the State Highway Commission, beg leave to submit the following:

Herbert E. Dean was born in O'Brien county, on December 5, 1872. Attended school at Primghar, and Morningside college, Sioux City, Iowa, and served two years as deputy clerk of the court of O'Brien county. He entered the Northern Indiana Normal school at Valparaiso, Indiana, and graduated with the class of 1896; entered the law department of the State University of Nebraska and graduated with the class of 1898. He was married to Estella M. Bowser of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and has two sons, Wilbur M. and Forest C. Moved to Harris, Iowa, in 1899, and was elected president of the school board. Moved to Ocheyedan, Iowa, in 1901. Was elected and served for three terms as mayor of that town. He was elected representative in 1916, reelected in 1918, and was elected Senator for the 49th district, comprising Osceola, Lyon, O'Brien and Sioux counties, in 1924. He was appointed member of the state highway commission by Governor Hammill in 1927, and was reappointed for a term of four years in 1929.

He died at his home in Ocheyedan on March 27, 1931. Senator Dean had formed a large circle of friends throughout the state, who have learned to love and admire him for his many good traits. He was endowed with a charm of a very cheerful and congenial personality. He was firm and determined in his actions, yet fair and considerate. He has left a fine record as a true, faithful and able public servant. The service he has rendered is a fine tribute to his good mother, his family and the community. Of Senator Dean it can be truthfully said that his community, his county and his state have been made better because he lived in them.

Therefore, Be It Resolved, That in the passing of the Honorable Herbert E. Dean the state has lost a valuable and honored citizen, a man of strong character and sterling worth, and the Senate of Iowa will by this resolution tender its sympathy to his mother and his immediate family who survive.

Be It Further Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the Journal of the Senate as an expression of the life and worth of the deceased, and an engrossed copy hereof be transmitted to his mother and his immediate family.