Hiram Long was a native of Claremont, New Hampshire and was born May 22, 1827. He was the youngest of fifteen children, and his father, Simeon Long, was a retired sea captain. Mr. Long spent his boyhood days on a farm and pursued the course of study of the common schools. At seventeen years of age, he went to Kinston, New York and spent several years boating on the Hudson River. He got the gold fever in 1849 and spent eight years mining in California, returning to New Hampshire he farmed for twelve years, and then came to Linn County, Missouri and settled on the farm in 1868. This farm he sold to the Edina Company when Marceline was laid out and he then moved to Howe Street.
Mr. Long served as Justice of Peace in Bucklin township two years, as a city clerk of Marceline two years and then was elected Justice of Peace. Following this he was elected Mayor of Marceline.
Mr. and Mrs. Long were the parents of five children.
Mr. Long had brought a melodian with him from the East and a small organ. He would take this little organ to the school houses and give music and singing lessons. He also edited the Marceline papers for several years.