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William E. Darrington papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0063

Scope and Content

The collection (1950-1970, undated) contains Darrington’s state representative materials and includes subject files, printed materials on legislative concerns, Darrington’s speeches, drafts and proposals for bills and statutes, correspondence (mainly from constituents), and reports written by Darrington for his constituents (Highlights by Bill). The constituent correspondence includes topics such as bills and statutes, taxes, liquor control, water, roads, drainage, adoption, abortion, and population. The reports written by Darrington to his constituents, Highlights by Bill, appeared in local newspapers and covered current bills, visitors to the legislature, and other observances or activities Darrington had been involved in. Darrington described the bills which might be of interest to his constituents of Harrison County and what the bill was supposed to accomplish.


  • 1950-1970, undated

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


William E. Darrington was born on a farm in Persia, Iowa in Pottawattamie County on May 31, 1904 to William J. and Christina Darrington. He attended Iowa State College (University) in the agricultural course. Darrington served as a State Representative as a Republican for Harrison County from 1951 to 1970 (nine terms), except for one term in 1965. In 1959 he was appointed Speaker Pro Tempore of the Iowa House of Representatives. Active in community affairs, he served ten years on the Agricultural Adjustment Administration county and township committees before serving as a State Representative. Representative Darrington also farmed, bred Shorthorn cattle, and directed the Home Savings Bank of Persia.

Darrington married Mabel Gravert March 22, 1933. He died August 16, 1988.


2.4 Linear Feet (5 document boxes)

Language of Materials



The files are arranged topically, and then chronologically.

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

MS-0063. William E. Darrington papers, 1950-1970, undated
December 12, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
(515) 294-6672