James Monroe Raison

10 July 1879–3 November 1934 (Age 55)
Unionville, Appanoose, Iowa, United States

The Life of James Monroe

When James Monroe Raison was born on 10 July 1879, in Unionville, Appanoose, Iowa, United States, his father, William A. Raison, was 26 and his mother, Martha Gunter, was 19. He married Ella L. West on 1 November 1899, in Appanoose, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Fox River Township, Davis, Iowa, United States in 1920 and Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States in 1925. He died on 3 November 1934, in Agency, Wapello, Iowa Territory, United States, at the age of 55, and was buried in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Wapello, Iowa, United States.

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James Monroe Raison
Ella L. West
Marriage: 1 November 1899
Opha Beatrice Raison

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1 November 1899
Appanoose, Iowa, United States


    Opha Beatrice Raison


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World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 2

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 5

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 17

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and French: nickname for an intelligent person, from Middle English, Old French raison ‘reasoning’, ‘intellectual faculty’ (Latin ratio, genitive rationis).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • James Raisin in household of William Raisin, "United States Census, 1880"
  • James M Raison, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • J M Raison, "Iowa State Census, 1905"

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