Representative James Harrison Van Camp View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 10/18/1937
Birth County: Muscatine
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
House: 38 (1919) - 39 (1921)
Home County: Muscatine
Family Members Who Served in the Iowa Legislature: Brother: George W. Van Camp; GA 34
James Harrison Van Camp
Muscatine County


MR. SPEAKER: Your committee, appointed to prepare suitable resolutions commemorating the life service of the late Honorable James Harrison Van Camp, Muscatine county, Iowa, begs leave to submit the following:

James Harrison Van Camp was born June 20, 1860, on a farm home in Sweetland township, Muscatine county where he spent his entire life. He received his education in the rural schools near his home and attended Wilton Academy one year.

He married Edith Louisa Mesich on May 16, 1886, at Highmore, South Dakota, his wife preceding him in death on January 19, 1937. Five children were born to them.

Mr. James Van Camp’s chief occupation was farming. He served as township assessor for six years and was a member of the township board of trustees for four years. He also took an active interest in farm work and was a member of the Farm Bureau for many years. Mr. James Van Camp was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Muscatine having taken the degree of Master Mason on July 31, 1885.

In 1918 and again in 1920, he was elected as a state representative from his county to the Thirty-eighth and Thirty-ninth General Assembly, respectively.

He sustained a paralytic stroke and complications which eventually caused his demise on October 18, 1937.

We suffer an irreplaceable loss with the passing of this son of one of Iowa’s pioneer families. He was one of the men who helped to mold the future of Iowa in order that we of today might have a better place in which to live.

Therefore, Be It Resolved, That in the passing of the Honorable James Harrison Van Camp, the state has lost a valuable and honorable citizen and the House would tender, by this resolution, its sincere sympathy to the surviving members of his family in their sorrow, and

Be It Further Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the House, that the Chief Clerk be instructed to send an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.





Unanimously adopted, April 12, 1939.