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PRICE, Hiram, congressman; born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, 10 January, 1814. He received a common-school education, was for a few years a farmer, and then a merchant. He removed to Davenport, Iowa, in 1844, was school-fund commissioner of Scott county for eight years, and as such had the school lands allotted and appraised. He was collector, treasurer, and recorder of the county during seven years of the time when he was school-fund commissioner, and was president of the State bank of Iowa during its existence, except for the first year. When the civil war began, the state of Iowa had no available funds, and he furnished from his individual means quarters and subsistence for several months for about 5,000 men, infantry and cavalry. With Ezekiel Clark he advanced about $25,000 to pay to the 1st, 2d, and 3d Iowa regiments their "state pay," and carried the same to them, at much personal risk from the "bushwhackers" in northern Missouri. Mr. Price was elected to congress as a Republican, serving in 1863-'9. He declined to be a candidate again, and spent some time abroad. He was again elected in 1876 and 1878, and then again declined re-election. He was appointed commissioner of Indian affairs in 1881, and served in that office until shortly after the inauguration of President Cleveland.
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