Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
LACEY, John Fletcher (1841-1913)

LACEY, JOHN FLETCHER, a Representative from Iowa; born in New Martinsville, Va. (now West Virginia), May 30, 1841; moved to Iowa in 1855 with his parents, who settled in Oskaloosa; attended the common schools and pursued classical studies; engaged in agricultural pursuits; learned the trades of bricklaying and plastering; enlisted in Company H, Third Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry, in May 1861 and afterward served in Company D, Thirty-third Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry, as sergeant major, and as lieutenant in Company C of that regiment; promoted to assistant adjutant general; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1865 and commenced practice in Oskaloosa, Iowa; member of the Iowa house of representatives in 1870; elected city councilman in 1880; served one term as city solicitor; temporary chairman of the Republican State convention in 1898; served on the city council 1880-1883; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first Congress (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1891); unsuccessful candidate for reelection; elected to the Fifty-third and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1907); chairman, Committee on Public Lands (Fifty-fourth through Fifty-ninth Congresses); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection; resumed the practice of law; died in Oskaloosa, Iowa, September 29, 1913; interment in Forest Cemetery.

State Historical Society of Iowa
Des Moines, IA
Papers: 1853-1912, 1847-193, 62 linear feet (287 containers).
Collection includes business, personal, and political correspondence, autobiography, travel diaries, and reports and clippings relating to Civil War service. Finding aid in repository.

  • Gallagher, Mary Annette. "John F. Lacey: A Study in Organizational Politics." Ph.D. diss., University of Arizona, 1970.
  • ------. "Citizen of the Nation: John Fletcher Lacey, Conservationist." Annals of Iowa 46 (Summer 1981): 9-24.
  • Iowa Conservation Association. Major John F. Lacey; Memorial Volume. Published by the Iowa Park and Forestry Association. Also containing the report of the Iowa Park and Forestry Association for 1913. [Cedar Rapids, Iowa: The Torch Press, 1915].
  • Lacey, John Fletcher. Address of Major Jno. F. Lacey. [N.p., 1912].
  • ------. The Bond Bill. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1896.
  • ------. The Financial Bill. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1899.
  • ------. Henry Clay. [Des Moines: N.p., 1903].
  • ------. Homesteads. Speech of Hon. John F. Lacey, of Iowa, in the House of Representatives, Thursday, March 10, 1898. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.
  • ------. The Nation's Strength Depends Upon the Volunteers. Speech ... in the House ... April 6, 1898. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.
  • ------. Wages and the Silver Standards. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1896.