Warren Garst

Warren Garst

Warren Garst
19th Governor of Iowa
In office
November 24, 1908 – January 14, 1909
Preceded by Albert B. Cummins
Succeeded by Beryl F. Carroll
Personal details
Born December 4, 1850
Dayton, Ohio
Died October 5, 1924 (aged 73)
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) (1) Elizabeth Johnson

(2) Clara H. Clark

Profession Politician

Warren Garst (December 4, 1850 – October 5, 1924) was an American politician, Iowa State Senator, a member of the Republican Party, the 21st Lieutenant Governor, and the 19th Governor of Iowa.[1]


Warren Garst was born to Dr. Michael Garst and Marie Louise Morrison in Dayton, Ohio.[4] At age 8 he and his family moved to Illinois. At age 19 he moved to Iowa to start his business career.[2] He and his brother went to Coon Rapids, Iowa to open a general store called "The Garst Store". He later co-founded Iowa Savings Bank in Coon Rapids.[1]

Garst and Elizabeth Johnson had one child, Ada Belle Garst. He was later married to Clara H. Clark and had two children: Louise Garst and Warren Carroll Garst Jr.[3]

Garst started his political career when he became a member of the Iowa Senate. He served in the 25th through 31st General Assemblies.[1] He was nominated for lieutenant governor at the Republican Convention in 1906 and was inaugurated on January 17, 1907. When Governor Albert B. Cummins was elected into the United States Senate he was elevated to the position of Governor of Iowa.[2] During his short time as governor he carried out the Cummins administration's policies.[1] When his term ended he was urged to run for a full term as governor. He lost to State Auditor Beryl F. Carroll by 25,000 votes.[2]

He died on October 5, 1924 and was buried at the Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa.[1]


Political offices
Preceded by
Albert B. Cummins
Governor of Iowa
Succeeded by
Beryl F. Carroll