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Iowa and State Government Information: Executive Branch

Governor of the Month

The Governor of the Month for June 2023 is Warren Garst, the 19th Governor of Iowa (b.Dec. 4,1850-d. Oct. 5, 1924) He was born in Dayton Ohio and moved with his family to Champaign IL. At age 19 he moved with his brother to Coon Rapids, IA, where they started a general store. Garst served as a state senator, then lieutenant governor and became governor when his predecessor, Albert B. Cummins was elected to the U.S. Senate. He served a short term in office and lost to Beryl F. Carroll in the primary contest for governor. He died on Oct. 5, 1924 and is buried in the Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.