Born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Valentine graduated from University of Wisconsin–Madison and received his law degree from University of Iowa College of Law. He then practiced law in Centerville, Iowa. Valentine served in the Iowa State Senate representing the 3rd District, and then as Lieutenant Governor of Iowa. Valentine died in Centerville, Iowa serving under Governor Nelson G. Kraschel. He was interred in Oakland Cemetery in Centerville, Iowa.
| 3rd district
Nelson G. Kraschel
| Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
Bourke B. Hickenlooper
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