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CHAMBERS, John, governor of Iowa, born in New Jersey, 4 December, 1779; died near Paris, Kentucky, 21 September, 1852. When thirteen years of age he removed to Kentucky, and, settling in Washington, Mason County, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and obtained a lucrative practice. He served in the war of 1812, and in 1813 became volunteer aide to General Harrison, whose election to the presidency in 1840 he earnestly promoted. He was frequently a member of the Kentucky legislature, was a member of congress in 1827-'9 and 1835-'9, and governor of Iowa in 1841-'5. While acting in this latter capacity he acquired great influence among the discordant Indian tribes.
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