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Stephen Hempstead elected Governor in 1950


IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- Stephen P. Hempstead was elected Governor of Iowa December 4, 1850.  He served as second Governor of Iowa from December 9, 1850 to 1854.

Hempstead, a native of Connecticut, was born Oct. 1, 1812.  He lived in Connecticut until 1828, when his family moved west.

He later became the first lawyer to practice in the Dubuque area.  In 1844, while Iowa was starting to frame a state constitution, Hempstead was elected one of the delegates of Dubuque County.

In 1850, Hempstead was elected governor, receiving 13,486 votes over his opponent James Thompson, who received 11,403 votes.  During his time as Governor, the state formed 52 new counties.

After leaving office in 1854, Hempstead returned to Dubuque County to serve as County Judge.

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