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Why Is Iowa Called The Hawkeyes?


Why Is Iowa Called The Hawkeyes?

It is not clear how Iowans became Hawkeyes, but the nickname was first recorded in 1859. Some people believe that a Burlington judge, David Rorer, suggested the nickname based on a character in The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper. The name also got support from James G. Edwards of Fort Madison.

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