View Full Version : Why are iowans called hawkeyes??

01-30-2012, 07:53 AM
My thanks to netstate.com for this answer: "This popular nickname for the state of Iowa is said to have come from the scout, Hawkeye, in James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans published in 1826. According to the Iowa State web site, 'Two Iowa promoters from Burlington are believed to have popularized the name.' The nickname was given approval by 'territorial officials' in 1838, twelve years after the book was published and eight years before Iowa became a state.

The two men responsible for the promotion of this nickname are thought to be Judge David Rorer of Burlington and the newspaper publisher, James G. Edwards of Fort Madison and, later, Burlington. Burlington had been established in 1833 after the Black Hawk War of 1832. Mr. Edwards changed the name of his Burlington newspaper, The Iowa Patriot, to The Hawk-Eye and Iowa Patriot in tribute to his friend Chief Black Hawk. Judge Rorer is said to have suggested 'The Hawkeye State' after finding the name in The Last of the Mohicans while Mr. Edwards proposed the nickname 'Hawk-eyes' in 1838 to '...rescue from oblivian [sic] a momento [sic], at least of the name of the old chief,' Black Hawk.

03-02-2012, 03:06 AM

I'm somewhat new to the forum, but not new to this site.

why are iowans called hawkeyes?