History of Mahaska County, Iowa

Biography of Prof. George T. Carpenter of Oskaloosa, Iowa

President and principal of Oskaloosa College, Oskaloosa; born in Nelson county, Ky., March 4, 1834; when only eight years of age he removed to Bureau county, Illinois, and was reared and educated there, and then attended Abingdon College, and graduated in the class of “59.”

After graduating he came to Winterset, Madison county, and engaged in teaching, taking charge of the academy in connection with preaching, he remained there two years, then came here and in connection with his brother they established this school in September, 1861; since then he has been connected with it, and this institution owes much to his efforts and ability – he has earned a high position as an educator; he was editor of “The Record and Evangelist” for four years, during which time, in 1873, he visited Europe, being appointed honorary member from this State to the Vienna Exposition.

He married Miss Henrietta T. Drake, June 21, 1863; she is a daughter of Judge Drake, of Drakeville, Davis county, Iowa; they have four children, John D., Mary A., Henrietta D., and Jennie.


The history of Mahaska County, Iowa, containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, &c; Des Moines: Union Historical Company, 1878.

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