Iowa's 175th Anniversary of Statehood

December 17, 2021 9:54am

2 Robert Lucas

Born in what is now West Virginia, Robert Lucas (1781-1853) became governor of Ohio and was appointed in 1838 to be the first governor of the Iowa Territory. He was well known for his temper: During his tenure in Ohio, he once came close to bringing the state to a border war with Michigan. Similarly, he led the Iowa Territory’s bloodless border dispute with Missouri during the so-called “Honey War” in 1839.