Bloomer, Joseph a Congregational minister, was born in 1828. He left a clerkship in Dubuque, Ia., to study at Iowa College, which he did one year; then at Amherst College, Mass., where he graduated in 1856, and at Andover. In 1857 he returned to Iowa, and commenced preaching at M'Gregor, but his life was cut short by death, Feb. 24, 1858. His bereaved flock have borne strong testimony to the excellency of his spirit and the energy of his ministry. See Cong. Quarterly, 1859, p. 96.