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History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century/4/Christian W. Slagle

CHRISTIANA W. SLAGLE was born in Washington, Pennsylvania, November 17, 1821, and graduated from Washington College in 1840. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1843. Coming to Iowa the same year, he located at Fairfield which became his permanent home. Here he engaged in the practice of his profession. In 1848 he was one of the active promoters of Congressional grants of public lands for aiding in the construction of railroads in Iowa. He was one of the founders of the Jefferson County Agricultural Society and also of the State Agricultural Society. He was an untiring worker in the establishment and development of the public library and museum of Fairfield and one of the first trustees of the institution. To him is due the preservation of the recollections of pioneers of that section of the State in a County History. Mr. Slagle took a deep interest in the development of the State University of Iowa, serving as one of the regents from 1866 to 1882, and acting president of the University in 1877-8. His death occurred in Fairfield October 3, 1882.