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ELLSWORTH, Theodore Richards
In 1942 during WORLD WAR II, Ellsworth was one of two young men accepted by the United States Army for liaison work. After attending school, they were commissioned infantry officers. (1) He served as an officer in the King's Royal Rifle Corps of the British Army before transferring to the American Third Army. Captured, Ellsworth was liberated by Russian troops. (2) He finished the war as the highest decorated combat soldier in Dubuque history since the CIVIL WAR. His experiences became the basis of his book Yank: Memoir of a World War II Soldier (1941-1945)-From the Desert War of North Africa to the Allied Invasion of Europe. He received the Distinguished Service Cross.
Ellsworth was the owner of Lange Insurance Co., Inc. He was also director and founder of Iowa Surety Co. and was president of Mr. Steak Restaurant of Dubuque.
Ellsworth, a 1968 delegate to the Republican National Convention, was the first Republican Representative ever elected from Dubuque County in regular election. He served in the Iowa House from January 13, 1969 to Jan. 7, 1973. In 1969 Ellsworth and Representative Michael BLOUIN co-sponsored a bill in the House which would allow cities of over 50,000 population to lease and operate a civic center, levying taxes as needed. (3)
An active participant in sports, Ellsworth organized and directed three state softball championship teams and was a charter member of the DUBUQUE SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME. Ellsworth received many honors for his civic activities. In 1961 he received Dubuque's Citizen of the Year Award. He was presented the Junior Achievement National Bronze Leadership Award and in 1965 was named the Des Moines Register "Amazing Iowan."
1. "2 Dubuquers Attend Army Liaison School," Telegraph-Herald, January 18, 1942, p. 16
2. "Lt. Ellsworth Lands in USA," Telegraph-Herald, April 10, 1945, p. 2
3. "Civic Center," Telegraph-Herald, February 25, 1969, p. 5
Information provided by Richard G. Bridges and James Kenline