Iowa Band

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IOWA BAND, a group of eleven young ministers from Andover Theological Seminary who came to Iowa in 1843 as missionaries of the American Home Missionary Society, supported largely by the Congregational and New School Presbyterian churches. Their hope was that each one should found a church and that together they might found a college. In this they succeeded. Each man founded one or more Congregational churches, and the group was instrumental in founding Iowa College, which opened its doors at Davenport in November 1848. In 1859 it was moved to Grinnell.


Adams, Ephraim. The Iowa Band. Boston: The Pilgrim Press, 1902.

Ruth A.Gallaher/a. r.

See alsoCongregationalism ; Iowa ; Missionary Societies, Home ; Presbyterianism .