Warren Garst

Gov. Warren Garst

Iowa

Term(s)
November 24, 1908 - January 14, 1909

Born
December 4, 1850

Passed
October 5, 1924

Party
republican

School(s)

Status:
Succeeded

Birth State
Ohio

Family:
Married twice--Elizabeth Johnson, Clara H. Clark (three children)

BIO

WARREN GARST, Iowa’s nineteenth governor, was born in Dayton, Ohio on December 4, 1850. He moved to Iowa, and settled in Coon Rapids, where he and his brother owned and operated a general mercantile store, the Garst Store. He also was one of the founders of the Iowa Savings Bank in Coon Rapids. Garst entered politics as a member of the Iowa State Senate, serving in the 25th thru the 31st General Assemblies. He also served as the lieutenant governor of Iowa from 1907 to 1908. On November 24, 1908, Governor Albert B. Cummins resigned from office, and Garst, who was lieutenant governor at the time, assumed the duties of the governorship. During his short tenure, he continued to carry out the policies of the Cummins administration. He left office on January 14, 1909, and retired from public service. Governor Warren Garst died on October 5, 1924, and was buried at the Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa.

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