Representative John W. Hanna View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 4/14/1922
Birth County: Benton
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
House: 38 (1919) - 39 (1921)
Home County: Benton
John W. Hanna
Benton County


MR. SPEAKER -- Your committee appointed to prepare a memorial to properly commemorate the life, character, and public service of the Hon. J. W. Hanna, of Benton county, beg leave to submit the following report:

J. W. Hanna was born August 29, 1857, in Benton county, Iowa, and died April 14, 1922. In December, 1881, he was married to M. Rosella Ward, who, with their two daughters and one son, survives him.

His education was obtained in the rural schools, Tilford Academy at Vinton and Cornell College. After leaving college he took up the business of farming and stock raising, and at the time of his death still owned the farm upon which he was born. His was a full and happy life. He was intensely interested in the development and improvement of his community and state, and no public movement lacked his support. He was one of the organizers of the Farmers Savings Bank at Garrison, Iowa, and later became its president, and was interested in many other business enterprises in Garrison. He was active in the Farm Bureau and was president of the Benton County Farm Bureau for three years. During the war he served under appointment by the Governor, as secretary of the draft board. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and an elder in the church for forty years. He was first elected representative in 1918 and was reelected in 1920.

Because of his untiring energy, his courage, his vision, and his high ideals, he fashioned for himself a place of influence and respect, and this House is proud to acknowledge the high character of his service and the influence of his life. Therefore,

Be It Resolved, By the House of Representatives of the Fortieth General Assembly, that in the death of Hon. J. W. Hanna this state has lost a loyal citizen, a man of fine ideals and public spirit, and this House, by this resolution, tenders its sympathy to the family that survive him.

And Be It Further Resolved, that these resolutions be spread upon the Journal and an engrossed copy sent to the surviving members of the family.





Adopted April 12, 1923.