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Iowa Gov. Daniel "Dan" Webster Turner

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Adams County, Iowa, United States
Death: April 15, 1969 (92)
Corning, Adams County, Iowa, United States
Place of Burial: Corning, Adams County, Iowa, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Austin Beecher Turner, II and Almira "Allie" B. Turner
Brother of Frances "Frankie" Turner and Austin Beecher Turner, III
Half brother of Ruth Beymer; Laura Okey; Donald George Turner and Ransom Bates Turner

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About Iowa Gov. Daniel "Dan" Webster Turner

Daniel Webster “Dan” Turner BIRTH 17 Mar 1877 Adams County, Iowa, USA DEATH 15 Apr 1969 (aged 92) Corning, Adams County, Iowa, USA BURIAL Walnut Grove Cemetery Corning, Adams County, Iowa, USA Add to Map MEMORIAL ID 58010820 · View Source

Pictures added by Cindy Baldogo

"Governor of Iowa 1931-1933" The great seal of Iowa is engraved on his stone with VFW marker

Biography from Wikipedia:

Daniel Webster 'Dan' Turner (March 17, 1877 – April 15, 1969), a lifelong Republican, was elected the 25th Governor of Iowa, and served only one term from 1931 to 1933.

Daniel Webster Turner, named after the famed antebellum senator and orator, was born on a farm near Corning, Iowa. As a boy, he did farm chores and clerked at the general store owned by his father, a civil war veteran. Graduating from the Corning Academy in 1898, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Philippines during the Spanish American War. He boxed in the division championship fights and won, but suffered a broken nose that became a permanent facial feature. Returning from the war, he joined the National Guard and rose to the rank of major. In 1903, at age 26, he was elected to the Iowa Senate. His political activism and boxer's nose led the press to dub him, "Fighting Dan Turner."

As a representative of the progressive wing of the Republican Party during the era of "prairie populism," when the Midwest was a font of radicalism, Turner advocated for many reforms. In a 1912 address to the Republican State Convention, he defended the anti-trust law and called for direct election of U. S. senators, income and corporate taxes as more equitable than property taxes, and an end to corrupt leadership, saying, "We must cleanse our party of complacent plutocrats and corpulent freebooters, masquerading as Republicans." Elected to the Governorship in 1931, he attacked lobbyists in his inaugural address and demanded fair congressional districts, measures to promote child welfare, and establishing a state conservation commission:

"The professional lobbyist . . . should be ejected from the presence of honest men . . . . He is not interested in the well being of the people we represent."

"Our streams are rapidly degenerating into open sewers, receiving the waste drainage of private industry and municipalities. We must terminate this practice."

In a prelude to the Great Depression, the farming economy collapsed during the 1920's, with many related bank failures. Turner, as a "Son of the Wild Jackass" and one of four speakers at the Republican National Convention of 1928, urged the party to support farm relief. He traveled twice to Washington to unsuccessfully plead the same cause with President Hoover during the 1930's.

Turner played a decisive role in the Iowa Cow War of 1931. To keep people from contracting bovine tuberculosis, a State law mandated testing of dairy cows and destroying diseased animals. Farmers across Iowa responded with suspicion and hostility. When some banded together near Tipton, Iowa to prevent the tests from taking place and violence broke out, Turner as governor restored peace by calling out the Iowa National Guard. This act earned him the enmity of many farmers and may have contributed to his re-election defeat in 1932 by Democrat Clyde L. Herring, though this was the year of the Roosevelt-led Democratic sweep, when Republicans were removed from office nation-wide.

Returning to the race for governor of Iowa in 1934, Turner was defeated a second time by Herring. He did not run for office again but remained active in politics. He supported fellow Republican Dwight Eisenhower in the presidential race of 1952, but turned against Eisenhower after a meeting with the President yielded disappointment on farm-related matters. In the election of 1956, he crossed party lines and supported Democrat Adlai Stevenson for president. Still advocating for farmers' interests at age 78, he was active in founding the National Farmers Organization, recalling Thomas Jefferson when he cited the "yeoman farmer, who has been the bulwark of our nation."

At the end of his life, remembering his part in the Spanish American War, Turner was heard to say, "They gave us the Springfield rifle. I wish I had never learned to shoot it. They said we were fighting for liberty, but it was cruel, it was cruel." He died in Corning at age 92 and is buried there in Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Parents Austin Beecher Turner, 1843–1928 Almira B Baker Turner, 1842–1878

Spouse Alice S Sample Turner, 1881–1961

Siblings Frankie Turner, 1868–1870 Austin Beecher Turner, 1870–1950

Half Siblings Ruth Turner Beymer, 1884–1961 Laura Turner Okey, 1885–1979 Donald George Turner, 1892–1972 Ransom Bates Turner, 1896–1953

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/58010820/daniel-webster-turner

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Webster_Turner

Daniel Webster 'Dan' Turner (March 17, 1877 – April 15, 1969), a lifelong Republican, was elected the 25th Governor of Iowa, and served only one term from 1931 to 1933.

Biography

Daniel Webster Turner, named after the famed antebellum senator and orator, was born on a farm near Corning, Iowa. As a boy, he did farm chores and clerked at the general store owned by his father, a civil war veteran. Graduating from the Corning Academy in 1898, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Philippines during the Spanish American War. He boxed in the division championship fights and won, but suffered a broken nose that became a permanent facial feature. Returning from the war, he joined the National Guard and rose to the rank of major. In 1903, at age 26, he was elected to the Iowa Senate. His political activism and boxer’s nose led the press to dub him, “Fighting Dan Turner.”

As a representative of the progressive wing of the Republican Party during the era of “prairie populism,” when the Midwest was a font of radicalism, Turner advocated for many reforms. In a 1912 address to the Republican State Convention, he defended the anti-trust law and called for direct election of U. S. senators, income and corporate taxes as more equitable than property taxes, and an end to corrupt leadership, saying, “We must cleanse our party of complacent plutocrats and corpulent freebooters, masquerading as Republicans.” Elected to the Governorship in 1931, he attacked lobbyists in his inaugural address and demanded fair congressional districts, measures to promote child welfare, and establishing a state conservation commission:

“The professional lobbyist . . . should be ejected from the presence of honest men . . . . He is not interested in the well being of the people we represent.”

“Our streams are rapidly degenerating into open sewers, receiving the waste drainage of private industry and municipalities. We must terminate this practice.”

In a prelude to the Great Depression, the farming economy collapsed during the 1920s, with many related bank failures. Turner, as a "Son of the Wild Jackass" and one of four speakers at the Republican National Convention of 1928, urged the party to support farm relief. He traveled twice to Washington to unsuccessfully plead the same cause with President Hoover during the 1930s.

Governorship and Cow War

Turner played a decisive role in the Iowa Cow War of 1931. To keep people from contracting bovine tuberculosis, a State law mandated testing of dairy cows and destroying diseased animals. Farmers across Iowa responded with suspicion and hostility. When some banded together near Tipton, Iowa to prevent the tests from taking place and violence broke out, Turner as governor restored peace by calling out the Iowa National Guard. This act earned him the enmity of many farmers and may have contributed to his re-election defeat in 1932 by Democrat Clyde L. Herring, though this was the year of the Roosevelt-led Democratic sweep, when Republicans were removed from office nation-wide.

Later years

Returning to the race for governor of Iowa in 1934, Turner was defeated a second time by Herring. He did not run for office again but remained active in politics. He supported fellow Republican Dwight Eisenhower in the presidential race of 1952, but turned against Eisenhower after a meeting with the President yielded disappointment on farm-related matters. In the election of 1956, he crossed party lines and supported Democrat Adlai Stevenson for president. Still advocating for farmers’ interests at age 78, he was active in founding the National Farmers Organization, recalling Thomas Jefferson when he cited the “yeoman farmer, who has been the bulwark of our nation.”

At the end of his life, remembering his part in the Spanish American War, Turner was heard to say, “They gave us the Springfield rifle. I wish I had never learned to shoot it. They said we were fighting for liberty, but it was cruel, it was cruel.” He died in Corning at age 92 and is buried there in Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Notable Relatives

Singer-songwriter Glen Phillips of Toad The Wet Sprocket is a great-great-nephew of Gov. Turner.

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Iowa Gov. Daniel "Dan" Webster Turner's Timeline

1877
March 17, 1877
Adams County, Iowa, United States
1969
April 15, 1969
Age 92
Corning, Adams County, Iowa, United States
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Walnut Grove Cemetery, Corning, Adams County, Iowa, United States