Buckingham, Iowa

Populated Township North of Traer


Welcome to Buckingham

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in May 2013




This is a township of some note because, reportedly, James "Tama Jim" Wilson owned a farm in Buckingham before entering politics. Wilson served as Secretary of Agriculture from 1897 to 1913 under three consecutive presidents, the longest term of a cabinet member.

There is an unincorporated village named Buckingham, just east of US 63. Buckingham Cemetery is located on P Avenue, a few miles from the village.

Wilson was born August 16, 1835 in Scotland. He died on August 26, 1920, in Traer, just after his 85th birthday.

Wilson was elected to Iowa's 5th District in the United States House of Representatives where he served from 1873 to 1877, and again is 1883 to 1885. He also served as a Member of the Iowa State House of Representatives from 1867 to 1873, he was Speaker of the Iowa State House of Representatives from 1872 to 1873. He served as a member of the Iowa Railroad Commission from 1882 to 1888, and as the United States Secretary of Agriculture from 1897 to 1913.

The cemetery is just northwest of Traer, and is the final resting place of "Tama Jim" Wilson.


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