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History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century/4/Oran Faville

ORAN FAVILLE, first Lieutenant-Governor of Iowa, was born in Herkimer County, New York, October 13, 1817. He was reared on a farm, received a liberal education, having graduated at the Wesleyan University of Connecticut in 1844. For many years he was instructor in ancient languages in various seminaries in New York and Vermont. While Professor of languages in Lebanon College, Illinois, his health failed and he removed to a farm in Mitchell County, Iowa, in 1855. In 1857 he was elected Lieutenant-Governor of the State on the Republican ticket, that office having been created by the Constitution just adopted. He became President of the Senate and ex-officio President of the State Board of Education. In January, 1864, he was chosen secretary of the board and in March was elected Superintendent of Public Instruction, serving until 1867. Mr. Faville was president of the State Teachers' Association in 1864-5 and editor of the Iowa School Journal from 1863 to 1867. He died on the 31st of October, 1872.