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GEAR, John Henry, governor of Iowa, born in Utica, New York, 7 April, 1825. He removed to Fort Shelling in 1836, and in 1843 became a citizen of Burlington, Iowa, where he has since been engaged as a merchant. He was an original member of the Republican party of Iowa, and in 1863 was elected mayor of Burlington. From 1874 till 1876 he served as speaker in the general assembly of Iowa, and for two sessions was the presiding officer of the state House of Representatives. He held the office of governor from 1878 till 1882.
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