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History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century/4/Augustus Hall

AUGUSTUS HALL was born at Batavia, New York, April 29, 1814, and spent his boyhood on his father's farm. After securing a good education he studied law and was admitted to the bar. After removing to Ohio he was elected county attorney in 1840, serving two years. In 1844 he removed to Iowa, settling at Keosauqua, Van Buren County, where he opened a law office. In 1852 he was chosen by the Democrats one of the presidential electors and cast his vote for Franklin Pierce. In 1854 he was the Democratic candidate for Congress in the First District and was elected over R. L. B. Clark, Whig. He served but one term, being defeated at the election of 1856 by Samuel R. Curtis the Republican candidate. Mr. Hall removed to Nebraska where he was, in 1857, elected Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He died in that State in February, 1861.