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This digital collection of James W. Grimes’ papers consists of a series of letters from James W. Grimes to his nephew, naval officer John G. Walker, from 1862 to 1872. This correspondence covers a wide spectrum of topics, ranging from the abolishment of slavery and the Southern states reentering the Union to Mr. Grimes' experiences with the Department of Navy. Also included in the collection is a list of the stocks and bonds belonging to the estate of James W. Grimes and an image of Grimes. Grimes was the governor of Iowa from 1854 to 1858 and a United States senator from 1861 to 1869 when he resigned. As Iowa's senator he was involved in the Senate trial of President Andrew Johnson and was one of six Republican senators who broke ranks and voted for acquittal.
Finding Aid to James W. Grimes Papers, 1862-1872