1LT William Harrison Thompson Wakefield

1LT William Harrison Thompson Wakefield

Vandalia, Fayette County, Illinois, USA
Death 26 Jul 1913 (aged 78)
Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
Burial Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, USA
Plot Sec. 2 lot 117
Memorial ID 33214109 · View Source
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Was called by one of his middle names, "Thompson."

Wakefield was a prominent journalist and editor of the Western Economist in Lawrence, Kansas; and the nominee of the United Labor party for U.S. Vice-President in 1888.

W.H.T. Wakefield Dies; Judge, Author

Judge William H. T. Wakefield, 78, writer, government scout, lawyer and soldier, died yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Florence W. Herzberg, 5020 Raleigh street, after an illness of two weeks. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at Hackothal's undertaking rooms. He had been identified with the Colorado Single Tax association as a writer and speaker. He also had been engaged in magazine and newspaper writing.

Judge Wakefield had lived an interesting life. As a young man he helped in the founding of Topeka, Kansas, and Lawrence, Kansas, and had an active part in the border troubles that kept eastern Kansas in turmoil in the early days of the state.

In 1861, Wakefield became a government scout in the Union army, and participated in many important battles of the Civil war.

For years Wakefield was an editorial writer on the Pittsburg, Kansas, Headlight. One of his works on political economy has been copied in five countries.

Judge Wakefield formerly lived in Mound City, Kansas. Besides the widow, four children survive: Mrs. Louise L. Stretton and Mrs. Florence Herzberg*, Denver; John Allen Wakefield, Kansas City, and Charles H. Wakefield, Woodburn, Oregon.

The Daily News (Denver, CO)
28 Jul 1913 - Pg 5



The Anti-Monopolist
March 22, 2013 by derrickdoty
The Anti-Monopolist was a newspaper nearing its eighth year when it came to Council Grove from Enterprise. W.H.T Wakefield moved the paper to town in 1888 and shortly thereafter bought the interest of George L. Page and became sole proprietor. Wakefield came through Council Grove in 1854 and seemed to be quite impressed with the country and the beauty of the land. So he settled in the area and farmed for a number of years.

Wakefield memorial, comprising an historical, genealogical and biographical register of the name and family of Wakefield

Hon. William Harrison Thompson Wakefield son of John Allen and Eliza (Thompson) Wakefield; born December 13, 1834, at Vandalia, Fayette county. 111, where John A., his father, was then a lawyer and owner of the principal hotel. At three years of age his father removed to Davis county and located the town of Portsmouth, eighteen miles south of Galena, but change of river channel blighted the enterprise and caused severe money loss. William Wakefield received his education in the common schools and the Plattville, Wisconsin, academy, and studied law in his father's office. He entered upon manhood as an ardent anti-slavery man, and was a Republican until 1872 when he voted for Horace Greeley, and has since then been an independent, most of his affiliation being with the Greenback and People's parties, but not in full accord with their financial theories. When the Civil war began in 1861 he was attached to Colonel Deitzler's first Kansas infantry as scout, and on August 11, 1862, enlisted in Company B, twelfth Kansas volunteers; was soon after detailed as general order clerk at department headquarters, raised and commanded Company E, eleventh U.S. colored troops; served as judge advocate second division, seventh A.C., and as provost marshal; general seventh corps with rank of lieutenant colonel. He was discharged with the regiment (113th U.S.C.Inf.) at DeValls Bluff, Arkansas, April 9, 1866. After the war he passed six years on his farm in Douglas county, Kansas, regaining health. He then returned to journalism; was editor of the Kansas Daily Tribune and of the Topeka Daily Journal; in 1883 he established The Anti-Monopolist and later The Jeffersonian, besides contributing to syndicate press and magazines. He was the first American editor to uphold the single tax on land values, as the leading feature of his paper, and few have written or spoken more on that question. In religion he is an agnostic, and his integrity and high character are proverbial where he is known. In 1886 he was a candidate for state auditor and ran ahead of his ticket. In 1888 he was the nominee of the United Labor or Single Tax party for vice-president, but on learning the movement was being manipulated in Republican interests in New York city, he withdrew his name. He married December 22, 1869, Emma Wakefield, a very distant cousin. She was a daughter of George W. and Ruth (Osborn) Wakefield. Residence, Mound City, Linn Co, Kansas.


US Federal
1st Lieut. Co. 113th Colored Troops

Emma Ruth Wakefield
b. abt 1945 in Missouri

Harry Louis Wakefield (died young)
Louise May "Lulu" Wakefield Stretton (1872-1940)
Charles Henry Wakefield (1878- )
John Allen Wakefield (1881- )
Florence "Flossie" Wakefield Herzberg*

*Flossie was adopted by George's sister, Ruth Emma Wakefield & her husband W. H. T. Wakefield, after Flossie's mother died when she was 21 months old.


CO. F. 113 U.S.C.I.

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