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Gov./Rep. John Chambers

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Bromley Bridge, Somerset, New Jersey, United States
Death: September 21, 1852 (71)
Washington, Mason, Kentucky, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rowland Chambers and Phoebe Chambers
Husband of Hannah Chambers; Margaret Chambers and Hannah Lee Chambers
Father of Joseph Sprigg Chambers; James M Chambers; Margaret Taylor Chambers; Hannah Lee Chambers; Matilda J Brent and 8 others

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About John Chambers, 2nd Governor of the Iowa Territory

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John Chambers (October 6, 1780 – September 21, 1852) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky and the second Governor of the Iowa Territory.


Chambers was born at Bromley Bridge, Somerset County, New Jersey, on October 6, 1780 to Roland Chambers (1744–1821).


Education & Early Career


He attended the public schools and the Transylvania Seminary at Lexington, Kentucky. In 1794 he moved with his father to Washington, Mason County, Kentucky. After studying law he was admitted to the bar in 1800 and commenced practice in Washington, Kentucky. Chambers served as aide-de-camp to General William Henry Harrison in the War of 1812 and was at the Battle of the Thames. He served as a member of the State house of representatives in 1812, 1815, 1830, and 1831. In 1825, Chambers was appointed judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. He resigned in 1827.


U.S. Congressional career


He was elected as a pro-Adams candidate to the Twentieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas Metcalfe and served from December 1, 1828, to March 3, 1829; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress, and reelected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1835 – March 3, 1839); chairman, Committee on Claims (Twenty-fifth Congress).


Chambers represented the counties of Pendleton, Bracken, Robertson, Nicholas and Bourbon.


After Congress


Chambers was appointed Governor of the Iowa Territory in 1841, serving until 1845. He was then commissioner to negotiate a treaty with the Sioux Indians in 1849. He died near Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky, September 21, 1852 and was interred in the family burial ground at Washington, in Mason County, Kentucky.


Spouse & Issue


He married Margaret Taylor (b. May 22, 1781), daughter of Major Ignatius Taylor (1742–1807), on June 16, 1803. She died on March 4, 1807. They had no surviving children.


He married secondly, on October 29, 1807, to Hannah Lee Taylor (January 9, 1791 – November 11, 1832), daughter of Major Ignatius Taylor with his second wife, Barbara Bowie (1756–1805). Hannah was a half sister to John's first wife Margaret. John and Hannah had twelve children; Margaret Taylor (1808–1863), Joseph Sprigg Taylor, Hannah Lee Taylor, James Taylor, Matilda Taylor, Francis Taylor, Jane Taylor, Mary Taylor, Laura Taylor, John Taylor, James Taylor, Henry Taylor, Lucretia Taylor.

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US Congressman and Governor of Iowa Territory. He moved to Washington, Kentucky with his family at age nine and was educated at Lexington's Transylvania Seminary. He then studied law, attained admission to the bar in 1800 and began a practice in Washington. Chambers served as Major and aide to General William Henry Harrison in the War of 1812, and took part in the Battle of the Thames. He served in the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1812 and 1815, and was a Judge of the state Court of Appeals from 1825 to 1827. In 1828 he was elected to the US House of Representatives as an Adams candidate in the special election held when Thomas Metcalfe resigned, serving from December, 1828 to March, 1829. He served again in the Kentucky House in 1830 and 1831. In 1834 Chambers was elected to the US House as an Anti-Jacksonian and won reelection in 1836 as a Whig, serving from 1835 to 1839. In his final term he was Chairman of the Committee on Claims. In 1841 he was appointed Governor of Iowa Territory, serving until 1845. Failing health then resulted in his return to Kentucky, where he lived in retirement except for an 1849 appointment to a commission that negotiated a treaty with the Sioux Indians. He died while visiting one of his daughters, and was buried in the family cemetery near "Cedar Hill", the home he had constructed in the early 1800s.

Bio by: Bill McKern

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John Chambers, 2nd Governor of the Iowa Territory's Timeline

1780
October 6, 1780
Bromley Bridge, Somerset, New Jersey, United States
1808
December 2, 1808
Age 28
Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky, United States
December 2, 1808
Age 28
Washington, Mason, Kentucky, United States
1810
October 30, 1810
Age 30
Washington, Mason, Kentucky, United States
1812
July 16, 1812
Age 31
Washington, Mason, Kentucky, United States
1814
March 4, 1814
Age 33
Washington, Mason, Kentucky, United States
1815
March 17, 1815
Age 34
Mason, Kentucky, USA
1817
July 29, 1817
Age 36
Washington, Mason, Kentucky, United States