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History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century/4/John F. McJunkin

JOHN F. McJUNKIN was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, September 23, 1830. He attended the public schools until qualified to teach, when for several years he earned by that occupation enough to secure an excellent education. In 1857 he began to study law and was admitted to the bar in 1858. The following year he located in Washington County, Iowa, and entered upon the practice of his profession. He was elected to the State Senate in the fall of 1863 on the Republican ticket, serving in the Tenth and Eleventh General Assemblies. Mr. McJunkin was the author of the joint resolutions adopted by the Tenth General Assembly instructing our Senators and Representatives in Congress to support an amendment to the Federal Constitution for the entire abolition of slavery. This was the first action taken by a State which resulted in such an amendment. In 1876 he was elected Attorney-General of the State on the Republican ticket, in which position he served two terms. He died many years ago.