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The Blue Book of Iowa Women A History of Contemporary Women

Compiled by Winona Evans Reeves, 1914.


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Louise Pearsons Dolliver was born in Vermont and came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George R. Pearsons to Ft. Dodge when she was but two years old.  That city has been her home ever since except for the time spent in Washington during the public life of her husband.  She received her education at Wellesley College, being graduated in the class of 1889.  She was married Nov. 20, 1895, to Johnathan P. Dolliver, who was then Congressman from the 10th District.  From the time of their marriage until 1910 when Senator Dolliver died, their home for the greater part of the year was in Washington.  They have three children, Margaret Eliza, born in 1900,  Francis, born in 1901,  and Johnathan Prentiss, born in 1905.

Mrs. Dolliver is eligible to almost all patriotic societies; she is a descendant of the Colonial governors, has ancestors who fought in the Revolution, the Mexican War and the war of 1812.  She is interested in historical societies and is an advocate of the co-operation of historical and patriotic societies.  Her uncle, Dr. D. K. Pearsons, of Chicago, who gave millions of dollars to endow small colleges had a very efficient helper in Mrs. Dolliver in the selecting of colleges most worthy.  During the long service of her gifted husband in Congress and in U. S. Senate, Mrs. Dolliver was one of the most popular women in Washington society.  She was a most gracious hostess and a woman with every qualification for the social duties which came with her husband's position.  Johnathan P. Dolliver was one of the men of whom Iowa is very proud; he possessed unusual native ability, was a great states man, an incomparable orator, and a man of the highest personal integrity.


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