KASSON, John Adam

KASSON, John Adam
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1822–1910

Biography

KASSON, John Adam, a Representative from Iowa; born in Charlotte, Chittenden County, Vt., January 11, 1822; attended the local school; was graduated from the University of Vermont at Burlington in 1842; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in St. Louis, Mo., until 1857; moved to Des Moines, Iowa, and resumed the practice of law; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1860; First Assistant Postmaster General in President Lincoln's administration in 1861 and resigned in 1862; United States commissioner to the International Postal Congress at Paris in 1863; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth and Thirty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1867); chairman, Committee on Coinage, Weights and Measures (Thirty-eighth and Thirty-ninth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1866; commissioner from the United States in 1867 to negotiate postal conventions with Great Britain, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy; member of the State house of representatives 1868-1872; elected to the Forty-third and Forty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1877); was not a candidate for renomination in 1876; appointed Minister to Austria-Hungary October 17, 1877, and served until 1881; elected to the Forty-seventh and Forty-eighth Congresses and served from March 4, 1881, until his resignation on July 13, 1884; appointed Minister to Germany July 4, 1884, and served one year; special envoy to the Congo International Conference at Berlin in 1885 and to the Samoan International Conference in 1889; United States special commissioner plenipotentiary to negotiate reciprocity treaties in 1897; member of the United States and British Joint High Commission in 1898 to adjust differences with Canada; died in Washington, D.C., May 18, 1910; interment in Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

State Historical Society of Iowa

Des Moines, IA
Papers: 1844-1910, ca. 1,200 items. Collection is in part transcripts. Collection also includes correspondence, speeches, documents, printed materials, scrapbooks, maps, and other papers, including material relating to the diplomatic and postal service, the Tilden-Hayes election dispute, other political matters, and personal affairs.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: June 12, 1861; May 10, 1873, 2 letters. Finding aid in repository.

University of Vermont
Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library

Burlington, VT
Papers: In the papers of Lucius E. Chittendon, 1838-1926, 10 boxes, 11 volumes, 1 microfilm reel. Collection contains a letter from John Kasson to Chittendon dated August 9, 1856.

University of California, Los Angeles
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections, Manuscripts Division

Los Angeles, CA
Papers: In the papers of the Jones family, 1847-1946, 14 linear feet. Subjects include John Kasson.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Kasson, John Adam. Counting the electoral votes. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1877.

------. el Mahdi; or, the false prophets and prophecies of free trade. Washington: N.p., 1884.

------. The evolution of the Constitution of the United States of America and History of the Monroe Doctrine. Boston and New York: Houhgton, Mifflin and Company, 1904.

------. The expansion of the republic west of the Mississippi. [Syracuse?, N.Y.: W. F. Roberts, 1901].

------. Government expenditures. Washington: N.p., 1876.

------. Inauguration of the State Capitol at Des Moines, Iowa. Des Moines: G. E. Roberts, state printer, 1884.

------. Information respecting reciprocity and the existing treaties. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1901.

------. International arbitration; how, and how far, is practicable? Washington: Government Printing Office, 1896.

------. National Organization of the Interests of Commerce and Industry. New-York: Press of the Chamber of Commerce, 1901.

------. Reciprocity; the benefits that will accrue to this country by the confirmation of the treaties now pending in the United States Senate. [Chicago: Rogers and Wells printers, 1901].

------. Who is Samuel J. Tilden, and what is his record? [Washington?: N.p., 1876].

Schoonover, Thomas. "John A. Kasson's Opposition to the Lincoln Administration's Mexican Policy." Annals of Iowa 40 (1971): 584-93.

Younger, Edward. John A. Kasson; Politics and Diplomacy from Lincoln to McKinley. Iowa City: State Historical Society of Iowa, 1955.

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