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Augustus C. Dodge

Augustus Caesar Dodge
United States Ambassador to Spain
In office
February 22, 1855 – March 12, 1859
President Franklin Pierce
Preceded by Pierre Soulé
Succeeded by William Preston
United States Senator
from Iowa
In office
December 7, 1848 – February 22, 1855
Preceded by (none)
Succeeded by James Harlan
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa Territory's at-large congressional district
In office
October 28, 1840 – December 28, 1846
Preceded by William W. Chapman
Succeeded by Serranus Clinton Hastings (from Iowa's at-large congressional district)
Personal details
Born (1812-01-02)January 2, 1812
Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, US
Died November 20, 1883(1883-11-20) (aged 71)
Burlington, Iowa, US
Political party Democratic
Profession Politician
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Battles/wars Black Hawk War

Augustus Caesar Dodge (January 2, 1812 – November 20, 1883) was one of the first set of United States Senators to represent the state of Iowa after it was admitted to the Union as a state in 1846. Dodge, a Democrat, had also represented Iowa Territory in Congress as its delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from 1840 to 1846.

He was born in what is now Ste. Genevieve, Missouri (then in Louisiana Territory). Self-educated, he moved to Illinois in 1827, settled in Galena, and was employed there in various capacities in his father's lead mines. He served in the Black Hawk War and other Indian wars. In 1837, he moved to what is now Burlington, Iowa (then in Wisconsin Territory), where he served as register of the land office until 1840.


  • Delegate 1
  • Senator 2
  • Live after the Senate 3
  • Legacy 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Congress created Iowa Territory in 1838, from what was formerly the Iowa District of Wisconsin Territory. As a result of the Act of March 3, 1839,[1] the position of Iowa Territory's Delegate to the U.S. House would become vacant on October 27, 1840, and Dodge was elected to fill it. After initially serving in the Twenty-sixth United States Congress, he was re-elected in 1840 (to the Twenty-seventh Congress), 1842 (to the Twenty-eighth Congress), and 1844 (to the Twenty-ninth Congress). He served as delegate until Iowa became a state in December 1846, and his role was replaced by two voting Representatives.


For its first two years, the

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William W. Chapman
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa Territory

October 28, 1840 – December 28, 1846
Succeeded by
United States Senate
Preceded by
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Iowa
December 7, 1848 – February 22, 1855
Served alongside: George W. Jones
Succeeded by
James Harlan
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Pierre Soulé
United States Ambassador to Spain
February 9, 1855 – March 12, 1859
Succeeded by
William Preston

External links

  1. ^ Statute III, March 3, 1839, ch. XCII, Section 2.
  2. ^ a b c d e Clark, Dan Elbert (1913). "History of Senatorial Elections in Iowa". Iowa. pp. 17–46, 72–79. 
  3. ^ "SEYMOUR AND BLAIR.; The Nominations Formally Tendered the Democratic Candidates--Their Addresses--Speeches by Samuel J. Tilden, Gen, Geo, W.Morgan, Gen.Greene Clay Smith, Gen. A.C. Dodge, and Others.".  
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  6. ^ "Dodge County". Nebraska Association of County Officials. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  7. ^ . Douglas County Historical Society title="Street Names 4" title="Street Names 4" . Retrieved 30 August 2014. 


Dodge County, Nebraska[6] and Dodge Street in Omaha, Nebraska[7] were named after Augustus Dodge.


His father, Henry Dodge, served as a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. They are the first, and so far only father-son pair to serve concurrently in the U.S. Senate. He was also the nephew of Lewis F. Linn. His brother-in-law James Clarke served as the third and last Governor of Iowa Territory.[5]

He died in Burlington on November 20, 1883, and was interred in Aspen Grove Cemetery.

[4] as a "worthy, able and excellent man." He believed that there was strong support throughout the Midwest for the Indianan, although he doubted that Hendricks would run well in the East.Thomas A. Hendricks, Dodge recommended 1872 presidential election Looking toward the [3] In

Dodge unsuccessfully ran for Governor of Iowa in 1859, losing to Republican Samuel J. Kirkwood. He served as mayor of Burlington, Iowa from 1874 to 1875.

Live after the Senate

Dodge served in the Senate from until February 22, 1855, when President Franklin Pierce appointed him to the post of minister to Spain. He served as the minister until 1859.

In 1854, as Dodge's second term was near its end, the Iowa General Assembly chose Free Soil Party member (and future Republican) James Harlan, rather than Dodge.[2] Dodge was the preferred choice of Democratic legislators, whose ranks had declined. But in a failed effort to defeat Harlan by uniting Democrats and nationalist Whigs behind a single candidate, Dodge dropped out after the fourth ballot.[2]

). Thirty-third Congress Congresses), the Committee on Pensions (in the Thirty-first Congress), the Committee on Revolutionary Claims (in the Thirty-second Congress), and the Committee on Public Lands (in the Thirty-second and Thirty-first While in the Senate, he served as chairman of the Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses (in the [2] By drawing lots, Dodge received the seat with the shorter term (to expire in 1849), but was re-elected that year to a full six-year term.[2]

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