History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century/4/John A. Elliott
JOHN A. ELLIOTT was born on the 24th of September, 1824, in Armagh, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. He received a liberal education and taught school for some time in Ohio. In 1853 he removed to Wisconsin where he was engaged in mercantile business. In 1857 he came to Iowa, locating in Mitchell County on a farm. In 1858 he was elected county treasurer, holding that position until 1864, when he was elected Auditor of State on the Republican ticket. He served three terms and was then appointed land commissioner of the Des Moines Valley Railroad Company and employed in selling the lands obtained by grant from the General Government. He was one of the organizers of the Citizen's National Bank, also of the State Printing Company and was for many years president of the State Insurance Company. He died at his home in Des Moines.