Iowa's 175th Anniversary of Statehood

December 20, 2021 10:55am

3 Ansel Briggs

Iowa’s First Governor                      


Ansel Briggs (1806-1881) was born in Vermont and spent several years in Ohio before moving to the Iowa Territory in 1839. He settled in the town of Andrew, in Jackson County, and served as both a county sheriff and a representative in the territorial assembly before his election to become Iowa’s first state governor, which took effect when Iowa joined the Union on Dec. 28, 1846. He served a single term and declined to run for re-election in 1850.