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5 Fun Facts About November 7 In Iowa History

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1. On November 7, 1848, the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce was established. Iowa City was the capital of Iowa at the time and the chamber of commerce aimed to promote economic growth and development in the area.

2. In 1871, on November 7, the first female lawyer in Iowa, Arabella A. Mansfield, was admitted to practice law in the state after successfully passing the bar exam.

3. On November 7, 1893, the State Agricultural College and Model Farm (now known as Iowa State University) became the first college in the nation to offer a course in veterinary medicine. This was a significant milestone for the school and helped pave the way for advancements in animal health and medicine.

4. Iowa’s first public radio station, WSUI, made its debut on November 7, 1919. Since then, public radio has become a staple of Iowa broadcasting and remains a popular source of news, music, and entertainment.

5. On November 7, 2000, Iowa voters made history by electing Tom Vilsack as the state’s first Democratic governor in over 30 years. Vilsack went on to serve two terms as governor and later became the US Secretary of Agriculture under President Barack Obama.
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