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Former Senator John Culver, Namesake of Dubuque’s Floodwall, Dies at 86


The namesake of Dubuque’s floodwall has died. Former Senator John Culver passed away late Wednesday at the age of 86. Culver was Dubuque’s representative in Congress beginning in 1965, the same year that a devastating flood struck the city. The following year, Culver backed city officials as they made the push for a more permanent flood control system, which eventually became the floodwall that now bears Culver’s name. Culver spent a decade representing eastern Iowa in Congress before being elected to the US Senate in 1974. He served one term before being unseated by current Senator Charles Grassley in 1980. Culver is survived by five children, including his eldest son Chet, who served as Iowa’s Governor from 2007 to 2011.

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