Professors contribute to Biographical Dictionary of Iowa

Dr. Douglas Firth Anderson, professor of history at Northwestern College, and Dan Daily, director of Northwestern’s Ramaker Library and lecturer in history, are among the 150 scholars and writers who contributed to the recently published Biographical Dictionary of Iowa.

The volume, edited by David Hudson, Marvin Bergman and Loren Horton, was published for the State Historical Society of Iowa by the University of Iowa Press.

The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa tells about the lives of more than 400 citizens who have made invaluable contributions to the state and nation. In the 1930s alone, such figures as John L. Lewis, Henry A. Wallace and Herbert Hoover hugely influenced the nation’s affairs. The publication includes narratives on Iowa’s Native Americans, early explorers, inventors, farmers, scholars, baseball players, musicians, artists, writers, politicians, scientists, conservationists, preachers, educators and activists.

Anderson wrote about William Boyd Allison, a lawyer who served as a U.S. senator from 1873 to 1908, and Wapello, a leader of the Meskwaki tribe in the 1800s.

Daily wrote about Roy Carver, an industrialist and philanthropist who founded Carver Pump Company with his brother and developed Bandag Inc. into a world leader in truck tire retreading.

The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa is available for sale at bookstores or directly from the University of Iowa Press,