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History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century/4/George Van Horne

GEORGE VAN HORNE, journalist and lecturer, was born in Massachusetts, October 12, 1833. After a thorough academic education he began the study of law, and came to Iowa in 1855, locating at Muscatine where he entered into partnership with D. C. Cloud in the practice of his profession. Upon the election of Abraham Lincoln President, he appointed Mr. Van Horne consul to Marseilles, France, where he served until 1866. In 1870 he established the Muscatine Tribune. He entered the lecture field in which he was engaged for some time; and for several years was an editorial writer on the Muscatine Journal. When the Daily News was established, Mr. Van Horne became the editor in chief. In 1889 the Tribune and News were consolidated under the editorial management of Mr. Van Horne. In 1893 he was appointed postmaster of Muscatine, retaining his management of the paper. He was a student and an accomplished writer; among his productions were “Storied Scenes in Europe,” “Old London Town,” “Picturesque France,” “Men and Women I Have Seen,” and “Farmer Whitney's Letters.” Mr. Van Horne died in Muscatine February 8, 1895.