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Alva Lysander HAGER

(1850-1923)

HAGER, Alva Lysander, a Representative from Iowa; born near Jamestown, Chautauqua County, N.Y., on October 29, 1850; moved in 1859 to Iowa with his parents, who settled near Cottonville, Jackson County; moved to Jones County in 1863; attended the public schools of Monticello and Anamosa; was graduated from the law department of the University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1875; was admitted to the bar in 1875 and commenced practice in Greenfield, Iowa; member of the State senate in 1891; chairman of the Iowa Republican State convention in 1892; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third, Fifty-fourth, and Fifty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1899); unsuccessful candidate for reelection; resumed the practice of law; moved to Des Moines in 1901 and continued the practice of his profession; engaged in banking 1911-1918; died in Des Moines, Iowa, January 29, 1923; interment in Harbach Funeral Home vault.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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