The Langworthys of Dubuque: The Key City's First Family

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James, Lucius, Edward and Solon Langworthy arrived in the lead mining district of the Upper Midwest in the 1820s and made a lasting impression on what would become Dubuque. Their father, Dr. Stephen Langworthy, and their seventeen siblings soon joined in the wilderness adventure. Solon plowed the first fields, James built the first Methodist church and Lucius built the first road between Dubuque and Iowa City. Their ancestor James IV fought to secure victory at Fort Ticonderoga during the American Revolution, and cousin Hart Massey founded the Massey-Ferguson Company. Julia Langworthy led relief work for the Union soldiers and helped to found a home for orphans. Author Susan M. Hellert details how the Langworthys helped build a city.
ISBN: 9781467148504
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Iowa
Images: 39
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Susan Miller Hellert has also published Hidden History of Dubuque. Susan lives on the Miller Family Heritage Farm (owned by the same family for more than 150 years) in Dubuque County. She is a retired senior lecturer in the History Department at the University of Wisconsin–Platteville. Always fascinated by local history, she wrote a local history column for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald and gives talks and school programs to enhance residents’ knowledge of local history. The family farm includes a restored 1880s log cabin built by Susan’s great-grandfather and a barn built of lumber from the dismantled roller coaster in Union Park of Dubuque County. She and her family raise a variety of animals for food and fiber. Spinning wool, weaving, knitting, gardening, horseback riding and reading occupy her “free” time.
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