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Iowa and State Government Information: Executive Branch

Governor of the Month

The Governor of the Month for May 2022 is Samuel J. Kirkwood (Dec.20, 1813-Sept.1, 1894) , who served as the 5th and 9th governor of the State of Iowa. He was born in Maryland and moved to Ohio, before settling in Iowa in 1855. Known for serving as governor during the Civil War, he later served as governor for one term between his terms as US Senator. He was later appointed Secretary of the Interior by President Garfield. He lived in Iowa CIty until his death and was buried in Oakland Cemetery. Kirkwood Community College is named after him.