The Info List - John F. Lacey

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JOHN FLETCHER LACEY (May 30, 1841 – September 29, 1913) was an eight-term Republican United States
United States
congressman from Iowa\'s 6th congressional district . He was also the author of the Lacey Act of 1900 , which made it a crime to ship illegal game across state lines, and the Lacey Act of 1907 , which further regulated the handling of tribal funds. As the first federal conservation law , the Lacey Act of 1900 remains one of the foundations of conservation law enforcement .


* 1 Background and Civil War service * 2 Congressional service * 3 The Lacey Act of 1894 * 4 The Lacey Act of 1900 * 5 The Lacey Act of 1907 * 6 The Antiquities Act
Antiquities Act
* 7 References * 8 External links


Lacey was born in New Martinsville , Virginia
(now West Virginia
). He moved to Iowa
in 1855 with his parents, who settled in Oskaloosa . He attended the common schools and pursued classical studies. He also engaged in agricultural pursuits, and learned the trades of bricklaying and plastering.

In the Spring of 1861, when Lacey was twenty years old, the American Civil War began. Lacey joined an infantry in the Union Army
Union Army
in May 1861. He initially enlisted in Company H, 3rd Iowa
Volunteer Infantry Regiment . During his time with the Third Iowa
Infantry, he was captured at the Battle of Blue Mills. However, he was soon released on parole. He afterward served as sergeant major in Company D, 33rd Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment . He was promoted to lieutenant and reassigned to Company C of that regiment, then promoted to assistant adjutant general on the staff of General Frederick Steele
Frederick Steele
. He remained in this position until the end of the war.

As the war concluded, he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1865, and began to practice law in Oskaloosa. Five years later, he became a member of the Iowa
House of Representatives . He was elected to the Iowa
House of Representatives for a term beginning in 1870. He was later elected to the Oskaloosa City Council in 1880, serving until 1883. He served one term as city solicitor.

On April 12, 1902, Lacey accepted membership into the Boone and Crockett Club , a wildlife conservation organization founded by Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt
in 1887.


Bernice Lacey, daughter of John F. Lacey, in Washington, D.C. with her father

In 1888, he was nominated by the Republican Party to challenge incumbent Greenback Party Congressman James Weaver , who was seeking re-election to his fourth term as representative of Iowa's 6th congressional district. Lacey unseated Weaver. Lacey served one term (as a member of the Fifty-first United States
United States
Congress ), but was defeated in the 1890 Democratic landslide by Democrat Frederick Edward White . Two years later, however, Lacey reclaimed his seat from White, and served seven consecutive terms, as a member of the Fifty-third through the Fifty-ninth Congresses. He served twelve years as the chairman of the Committee on Public Lands , in t