History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century/4/Edward A. Temple
EDWARD A. TEMPLE was born in Lebanon, Illinois, September 23, 1831. He came with his parents to Burlington, Iowa, in 1837, the year before the organization of the Territorial Government. There he received his education and grew to manhood. He early acquired a knowledge of banking and in company with Hon. W. F. Coolbaugh in 1866 established a bank at Chariton. He afterwards conducted the banking house of Lyman, Cook & Co. and finally the First National Bank of Chariton until 1884. Mr. Temple then came to Des Moines and organized the Bankers' Life Association which, under his management, has become one of the strongest companies of the kind in Iowa, with assets of more than $5,000,000. Mr. Temple is a stanch Democrat, but has never sought office, prefering to conduct a business where success comes from enterprise and personal effort.