Kansas Governor. Educated at Central College Ohio, he studied law at the Buckland and Hayes law office, was admitted to the bar in 1850 and established a legal practice in Fremont, Ohio. He was commissioned Judge Advocate General, with the rank of Colonel, of the Ohio 2nd Regiment, 17th Division in 1857 and relocated to Atchison, Kansas, and opened a law firm in 1859. During the Civil War, he served in the 2nd Kansas, Union Army and fought in the Battle of the Blue, where he was wounded. He served as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives, (1864-69) and was a member of the Kansas State Senate, (1873-79). In 1882, he was elected as a Democrat the 9th Governor of Kansas, serving until 1885. During his term, the state woman's suffrage association was established, a national soldier’s home at Leavenworth was created, a state railroad commission was formed and a civil service law was recommended. Also, the Haskell Institute was authorized to train and educate Indians, trainloads of corn was sent to the Ohio flood sufferers and a livestock sanitary commission was organized after a hoof and mouth outbreak rampaged the cattle industry. After leaving office, he served as the pension agent at Topeka, (1885-89), was the president of the state board of agriculture, (1902-03) and served as president of the state historical society, in 1908.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Elizabeth Ryder Glick