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Bahl was elected to the Iowa Legislature in 1865 and served two years. He served six years as a member of the Board of Supervisors; eleven years as Assessor; and nine years as Township Clerk. He also held the offices of Township Treasurer, Justice of the Peace, and Constable. Bahl was a school director for twenty-three years and Treasurer of the School Board. He married Mary Engler July 14, 1856; they had ten children.
Oldt, Franklin T. The History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Western History Company, 1880, p. 961