James Wilson Grimes, an American statesman, born in Deering, N. II., Oct. 20, 1816, died in Burlington, Iowa, Feb. 7, 1873. He graduated at Dartmouth college in 1836, and removed to Burlington, where he began the practice of law. He was a delegate to the first territorial legislature of Iowa in 1838, and held a seat in the state legislature for several terms. In 1854 he was the whig and freesoil candidate for governor, canvassed the state in person, and was elected, though his party had previously been in the minority. He held the office three years, and did much to secure liberal legislation in behalf of common schools and a better treatment of the insane. He was elected to the United States senate in 1859, and reelected in 1865. In the senate he was chairman of the committees on naval affairs and public lands, and a member of the special joint committee on the rebellious states. On the trial of President Johnson he was one of the few republican senators who voted for acquittal. In 1869, in consequence of a stroke of paralysis, he resigned his seat in the senate, and made a brief tour in Europe.