Senator David Earl Elijah View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 1/31/1971
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 55 (1953) - 60 (1963)
Home County: Cedar
David Earl Elijah
Cedar County


Mr. President: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character and public service of the late Honorable Earl Elijah, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

Earl Elijah was born on a farm near Clarence, Iowa, on November 29, 1887. He was graduated from the Clarence High School, Cornell College and Iowa State University, where he was a member of the Adelante fraternity and the Alpha Zeta honorary scholastic fraternity. On December 25, 1913, he was married to Murl Greer. They had two sons, Robert and Richard, both of whom are farming in the Clarence area. Mr. Elijah began farming in 1913 and was selected a Master Farmer in 1928. He was president of the Clarence Savings Bank from 1931 until his death.

He served as President of the Clarence School Board for six years, the County Farm Bureau for three years, and the Iowa Swine Producers Association. He was a member of the State Soil Conservation Committee for eight years and served officially with many local, state and national agricultural organizations.

He was active in the Methodist Church, where he served as trustee of three conference institutions, as lay leader of the North Iowa Conference, and as a delegate to two general conferences.

Earl Elijah served the State of Iowa as Senator from Cedar, Jones, Jackson and Muscatine Counties during the Fifty-fifth, Fifty-sixth, Fifty-seventh, Fifty-eight, Fifty-ninth, Sixtieth and Sixtieth Extra General Assemblies.

He died on January 31, 1971.

Survivors include his wife, Murl; two sons, Robert and Richard; a sister, Mrs. Irving Finger, and six grandchildren.

Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Sixty-fourth General Assembly of Iowa: That in the passing of the Honorable Earl Elijah, the state has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and the Senate by this resolution would express its appreciation of his services to his community, state and nation and tender its sympathy and kindest regards to the members of his family.

Be It Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the Senate, and that the Secretary of the Senate be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.





The resolution was unanimously adopted.