1. Iowa Governs for the First Time
March 19, 1849, marked the first time the newly formed Iowa government convened for its first regular session. The state's constitution had been adopted on August 3, 1846, so the government had been functioning for over two years.
2. The Death of Iowa's Oldest Governor
Born on January 3, 1884, Clyde La Verne Herring served as Iowa's 25th governor from 1933 to 1937. He was also the oldest governor in state history when he died on March 19, 1945, at the age of 61.
3. Iowan Wins National Wrestling Championship
On March 19, 1949, Bill Koll, a wrestler from Iowa State College, won the national wrestling championship at the 128-pound weight class. He went on to become one of the most successful wrestling coaches in history, leading the Penn State Nittany Lions to seven NCAA titles.
4. Iowa's First Female Federal Judge
On March 19, 1982, Stephanie Rose, an Iowa City attorney, was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to serve as a federal judge for the Southern District of Iowa. She was confirmed by the Senate on September 20, 1983, and became Iowa's first female federal judge.
5. Iowa's First Female Governor
On March 19, 2019, Kim Reynolds became Iowa's first female governor to serve a full term. She had previously served as Lieutenant Governor under Terry Branstad, who resigned to become the U.S. Ambassador to China. Reynolds was sworn in as governor on May 24, 2017, and was elected to a full term in November 2018.
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