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NATIONAL AND STATE OFFICERS
( Compiled Iby
W. A. HOWARD,
Press of Jacob North & Co.
BIOGRAPHIES AND PORTRAITS.
Akers, Wm. R 21
Allan, James 75
Allen, Wm.V 4
Andrews, W. E 17
Ashby, Wil.iam 11
Bacon, Frank 78
Barber, F.W 2S1
Barry, P. H 79
Bauer, W. E 23
Becher, Gus. F 82
Beck, H. S 81
Bee. E. R 84
Benedict, E 87
Bernard, J. J 88
Black, Joseph 25
Brady, John 89
Bressler, J.T 26
Brockman, J. M 90
Brokaw, W. A 92
Brownell, R. C 93
Bryan, W. J 275
Burch, J. C 95
Burke, D. H 97
Bums, E. C 98
Bums, Joseph 100
Cain, J. B 102
Caldwell, Geo. H 29
Campbell, D. A 245
Campbell, T. N 30
Camobell, R. W 103
Canfield, tas. H 256
Carlson, Oscar 104
Casper, C. D 105
Chace, Chas. H 106
Chapman, W. O 107
Churchill, A. S 220
Cole, J. W 108
Conaway, J. B iii
Cooley, A.S 112
Corbett, H. R 222
Crane, Thos. D 31
Crawford, John 33
Cross, George 34
Crounse, Lorenzo 206
Crow, Joseph 115
Dale, W. F. 35
Davies, J. A 116
Delaney, M. C 117
Dempsey, Wm 119
Dilworth, W. A 236
Edmisten, J. H 232
Erion, J. B 231
Estabrook, H. D 248
Fritz, N 121
Furnas, R. W : 268
Gage, J. D 234
Geddes, W. M 284
Goar, I. N 122
Graham, Alex 36
Gray, Wm 38
Griffith, Peter 123
Guthrie, David 125
Hadley, E. A 250
Hahn, Leopold 40
Hainer, E. J 16
Hairgrove, E. E 126
Haller, W. D 129
Harkson, Henry 130
Harris, R. D 131
Harrison, T. O. C 241
Harrison, W. H 132
Harte, A. C 134
Havlik, James 135
Higgins, W. P 136
Hinds, E.B 137
Hitchcock, J. Hall 43
Holbrook, W. D 41
Holcomb, S. A 214
Horst, Geo 138
Howard, Edgar 140
HowarcL W. A 2§8
Howe, Church 273
Irvine, Frank 243
'effres, E. W 44
enkins, E. M 143
enness, R. H 144
ohnson J. W 237
ohnston,B. T 145
ohnston.J. W 146
jOnes, T. P 147
udd, L. P 148
Caley, C. W 255
Kaup, Wm 149
Kem, O. M 19
Knight, J. H. L 251
Koontz, J. N 238
Lamborn, J. J 150
Langhorst, Henry 152
Lehr.W. J 45
Lindsay, H. C 46
Ludden, L. P 277
McBride, D. L 156
McFadden, Wm n;7
McKeeby.G. E 49
McKesson, J. C. F 50
McNitt, Randolph 158
McVicker, H. J 159
MacAyeal, H 283
Manderson, C. H i
Mattison, George 155
Maze. M. T 287
Meiklejohn, Geo. D 15
Mercer, D. H 12
Merrick, H. J. 160
Mighell, E. E 53
Miles, F. W 162
Moehrman, Henry ". 163
Moore, Eugene 223
Moore, Robert E 216
Morrill, C. H 217
Munger,T. C 164 •
Myers, E. L....' 165
Norval, T. L 239
Noyes, Isaac.,, i ^^4
Orton, S. W 166
Perkins, J. M 167
Piper, J. A 225
.Pohlman, J, H 169
Pope, J.D 56
Post, A. N 240
Ragan, J. M 244
Rathbun, F. M s«
Remington, D. D 170
Rhodes, H. F 172
Richard&.C. L 173
Richardson, F. W 174
Ricketts. M. 177
Robertson, J. A 178
Robinson, W. D 179
Roddy Patrick 181
Rothleutner, Frank 182
Rouse, Geo. L 183
Russell, H. C 227
Ryan, Robert 242
Saunders, Sherman ^9
Schickedantz, Harry 185
Scott, A. J 186
Sedgwick, T. E 279
Shenberger, W. W 285
Shook. TH 187
Sisson.E. F 189
Sloan, C. H 60
Smith, G. F 190
Smith, Richard 62
Soderman, E 192
Spackman, E. B 193
Spencer, E. R 194
Sprecher, T. C 64
Stewart, H. G 66
Stewart, R. Q 282
Strode, J.B 10
Stuefer, Wm 65
Suter, L. H 198
Sutton, A. L 199
Sutton, Wm , 200
Tefft, Orlando 67
Thayer, John M 271
Thomas, A. N 202
Thurston, John M 7
Timme, Herman 2o3
Van Housen, J. C 204
Wait, Addison 206
Wart, M. H 2o7
Watson, J. C 71
Weber, L. C 208
Weston, C. H 2^2
Wilder, T. G 209
Wright, J. B 73
Zink, J. W 210
Zink, valentine 211
INDEX TO ILLUSTRATIONS.
Bird's Eye View State University,
Conservatory of Music (Uni.),
Feeble Minded, Boys' Cottage
Grant Memorial Hall :
Home of Friendless
*' " " Chapel
Insane Hospital, Hastings
" " Female Ward
" " Lincoln :
" Male Ward.
Institute for the Deaf 13
'* " " ** Art Dept 14
Industrial School Geneva 28
" *■' Kearney 109
Ladies' Dormitory, Peru 213
Library Building, Peru 229
Milford Home 27
Soldiers' and Sailors' Home 260
State House... ii
State Laboratory 262
State Normal School * 108
State Penitentiary.... 85
State Penitentiary Chapel 86
State University 230
World's Fair Exhibit 246
Governor Holcomb's Appoint-
House Committees 292
Jiouse Employees 298
Roster G. A. R. of Neb 289
Senate Committees 290
Senate Employees 295
University of Nebraska ,...,...,.. 259
What wonderful changes a few years produce.
Less than forty years ago not a white man dwelt in
what is now known as the. state of Nebraska. All was
nature's wilderness; only wild beasts and wild men
inhabited the present confines of the state. ' Its beauti-
fully rolling prairies were then the homes of Indians
and buffaloes. Now all this, by the hand of progress,
has been changed, and the voice of civilization's echoes
are heard where once only the howl of wild beasts
and voices of wild men were heard.
The flight of time during all these years has not
been without its history; a history full of important
events and fraught with interest to the sons and
daughters of the pioneers of Nebraska. The industry
of these adventurous pioneers and their descendants
has made Nebraska what it is. Their labors have
changed the fertile prairies and valleys from a wilder-
ness to a literal garden. The state was admitted into
the Union, March i, 1867.
It is the object of this undertaking to give correct
sketches of the prominent citizens of Nebraska, con-
tained herein, and, while we do not arrogate to our-
selves a degree of accuracy beyond criticism, we hope
to have attained a large measure of accuracy in the
compilation of the sketches and other matters con-
tained in this history. No expense has been spared
in making this volume complete in every detail, al-
though information from some directions was ex-
tremely hard to secure, and some who are represented
herein caused delay by unintentional carelessness on
their part. To all those who favored us we tender our
grateful acknowledgments; without their aid this his-
tory would have been left buried beneath the debris of
time, unwritten and unpreserved.
W. A. HOWARD.
Lincoln, Neb., February, 1895.
Hon. Silas A. Holcomb _ - . Governor
Hon. Robert E. Moore - Lieutenant Governor
Hon. Joel A. Piper - - Secretary of State
Hon. Eugene Moore - Auditor Public Accounts
Hon. Joseph S. Bartley - - - Treasurer
Hon. Henry R. Corbett - Supt. Public Instruction
Hon. Arthur S. Churchill - - Attorney General
Hon. Henry C. Russell,
Commissioner Public Lands and Buildings
Hon. James D. Gage - - - Adjutant General
Hon. Jacob B. P^rion - Deputy Labor Commissioner
Hon. J. H. Edmisten - - State Oil Inspector
supreme court of NEBRASKA.
Chief Justice Hon. T. L. Norval - - Seward
J , j Hon. a. M. Post - - Columbus
judges - I j^Q^ J Q ^ Harrison, Grand Island
Robert Ryan Lincoln
Frank Irvine Omaha
Hon. Arthur S. Churchill, Attorney General, Omaha
D. A. Campbell, Clerk and Reporter - Plattsmouth
BOARD OF PUBLIC LANDS AND BUILDINGS.
H. C. Russell, Commissioner of Public Lands and
J. A. Piper, Secretary of State - - Secretary
J. S. Bartley - - - - State Treasurer
A. S. Churchill - - - Attorney General
BOARD OF EDUCATIONAL LANDS AND FUNDS.
S. A. HoLCOMB, Governor - . - President
H. C. Russell, Commissioner of Public Lands and
Buildings ----- Secretary
J. A. Piper - - - - Secretary of State
J. S. Bartley - - - - State Treasurer
A. S. Churchill - - - Attorney General
BOARD OF purchase AND SUPPLIES.
S. A. HoLCOMB, Governor - - - President
H. C. Russell, Commissioner of Public Lands and
J. A. Piper - - - - Secretary of State
J. S. Bartley - - - - State Treasurer
A. S. Churchill - - - Attorney General
STATE BOARD OF PRINTING.
Eugene Moore - - Auditor Public Accounts
J. S. Bartley - - - . State Treasurer
J. A. Piper - , , , Secretary of State
BOARD OF TRANSPORTATION.
Eugene Moore, Auditor of Public Accounts, Chairman
H. C. Russell, Commissioner of Public Lands and
J. S. Bartley - - - - State Treasurer
A. S. Churchill - - - Attorney General
J. A. Piper . - - - Secretary of State
W. A. DlLWORTH-^
J. W. Johnson
J. N. KOONTZ
Eugene Moore, Auditor Public Accounts, Lincoln
J. S. Bartley, State Treasurer -
A S. Churchill, Attorney General
R. H. TowNLEY, Clerk -
C. F. McGrew
Ben R. Cowdery
H. M. Wells
J. A. Cline
state fish commission.
Wm. L. May
R. H. Oakley
Jas. B. Meikle
NEBRASKA STATE RELIEF COMMISSION.
W. A. Nason, President
Rev. L. p. Ludden, Secretary -
J. H. McClay, Treasurer
Rev. Joseph T. Duryea, D.D.
C. J. Ernst
}. W. Hartley
A. J. Sawyer
S. B. Thompson -
Luther P. Ludden
state board of health.
Silas A. Holcomb, Governor - - Lincoln
A. S. Churchill, Attorney General - Lincoln
H. R. CoRBETT, Superintendent Public Inst., Lincoln
J. V. Beghtol, M.D., President - - - Friend
C. F. Stewart, M,D., Vice President - - Auburn
F. D. Haldeman, M.D., Secretary - - - Ord
E. F. Allen, M.D., Treasurer - - - Omaha
regents state university of NEBRASKA.
C. H. Morrill Lincoln
Chas. Weston Hay Springs
H. D. EsTABROOK Omaha
J. L. H. Knight Lee Park
C. W. Kaley Red Cloud
E. A Hadley Scotia
Jas. H. Canfield, Chancellor - - - Lincoln
STATE NORMAL SCHOOL, PERU.
Hon. H. R. Corbett, Supt. Public Instruction, Lincoln
Hon. Joseph S. Hartley, State Treasurer - Lincoln
Hon. J. S. West - - _ . Benkleman
Hon. Church Howe Howe
Hon. W. E. Majors Peru
Hon. B. E. B. Kennedy, Chairman - - Omaha
Ho\. John T. Spencer - - - Dakota City
Prof. A. W. Norton, Principal - - - Peru
STATE BOARD OF PHARMACY.
A. S. Churchill, Attorney General - President
J. A. Piper, Secretary of State - - - Secretary
J. S. Bartley - - - - State Treasurer
Eugene Moore - - Auditor Public Accounts
STATE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE.
President, E. A. Barnes - - - Grand Island
1st Vice President, W. A. Poynter - - Albion
2d Vice President, F. M. Rathbun - Cambridge
Secretary, Robert W. Furnas - - Brownville
Treasurer, Ed McIntyre - - - - Seward
Board of Managers,
J. B. DiNSMORE, Chairman -
E. L. Vance
S. C. Bassett -
M. Dunham _ _ _
State Fair located at Omaha for five years.
STATE BOARDS. XV.
STATE BOARD OF ESCHEATS.
S. A. HoLCOxMB ----- Governor
H. R. CoRBETT, - - - Supt. Public Instruction
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION.
Silas A. Holcomb Governor
Eugene Moore - - Auditor Public Accounts
Joseph S. Hartley - - State Treasurer
STATE teachers' ASSOCIATION.
James H. Canfield - - - - President
Miss EoLiNE Clark - . . - Secretary
W. H. Skinner Treasurer
Insane Hospital, Lincoln.
L. J. ABBOTT, M.D., Superintendent.
Insane Hospital, Norfolk.
C. B. Little, Superintendent.
ricspiTAL FOR Incurable Insane, Hastings.
G. W, JoH^TON, Superintendent.
State PENitENTiARY, Lincoln.
A. D. Beemer, Warden.
State Industrial School, Kearney.
J. T. Mallalieu, Superintendent.
Girls' II^dustrial School, Geneva.
James D. McKelvey, Superintendent.
Home for the Friendless, Lincoln.
Mrs. L. Beach Hoel, Superintendent.
Industrial Home, Milford.
Mrs. Clara C. Carscadden, Superintendent.
XVlll. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
Institute for the Blind, Nebraska City.
W. Ebright, Principal and Steward.
Deaf and Dumb Institute, Omaha.
J. A. Gillespie, Principal.
Institute for Feeble Minded Youth, Beatrice.
J. T. Armstrong, M.D., Superintendent.
Soldiers' and Sailors' Home, Grand Island.
J. W. WILSON, Commandant.
HON. CHARLES FREDERICK MANDERSON.
WASHINGTON, D. C.
^1 Brevet Brigadier General,
was born in Philadelphia, Pa.,
February 9, 1837. He was the
son of John and Katherine
Manderson, and received his
education in the public schools
of Philadelphia, and when of
proper age was admitted to
the high school of that city.
At the age of nineteen he re-
moved to Canton, Ohio, where
he studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1859.
In the spring of i860 he was elected city solicitor of
Canton, and was re-elected the next year. General Man-
derson was married at Canton, April ii, 1865, to Miss
Rebecca S. Brown. On the day of the receipt of the
news of the firing on Fort Sumpter. Mr. Manderson
enlisted as a private. He and Samuel Beatty received
permission from Governor Dennison to raise a com-
pany of infantry in April, 1861. They recruited a full
company in one day, Manderson being commissioned
its first lieutenant, and Beatty captain. In May, 1861,
Manderson was commissioned captain of company A
of the same regiment. He took his command into
Western Virginia, among the first troops occupying
that section, taking station at Glover's Gap'and Man-
nington. In August, 1861, he re-enlisted his company
2 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
for three years, or during the war, and in this service
he rose through the grades of Major, Lieutenant-Colo-
nel, and Colonel of the 19th Ohio Infantry. The bat-
tle of Shiloh, during which Cap':ain Manderson acted
as lieutenant-colonel, caused his Dromotion to the rank
of major, and he was mentioned in the reports of Gen-
eral Boyle and General Crittenden for distinguished
gallantry and exceptional service. He was in com-
mand of the 19th Ohio Infantry in all its engagements
up to and includiug the battle of Lovejoy's Station, on
September 2, 1864. Major Manderson was promoted
to be lieutenant-colonel and colonel for his conduct at
the battle of Stone River. Colonel Manderson was
severely wounded in the spine and right side while
leading his demi-brigade, at Lovejoy's Station, Ga.,
September 2, 1864. The ball being unextracted, and
much disability arising therefrom. Colonel Manderson
was compelled to resign the service, from wounds, in
April, 1865, the war in the West having practically
closed. March 13, 1865, he was brevetted brigadier
general of volunteers U. S. Army " for long, faithful,
gallant, and meritorious services during the War of the
Rebellion.*' Returning to Canton, Ohio, he resumed
the practice of law, and was twice elected district at-
torney of Stark county, declining a nomination for
third term. In November, 1869, he removed to Omaha,
Nebraska, where he still resides. He was a member
of the Nebraska State Constitutional Convention of
1871, and also that of 1874. He served as city attorney
of Omaha for over six years. For many years he has
been an active comrade in the Grand Army of the Re-
public. He was elected United States senator, as a
republican, his term commencing March 4, 1883, and
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 3
re-elected to the senate in 1888, without opposition.
His term will expire March 3, 1895. He has been
chairman of several important committees while in
the U. S. senate, and in the second session of the fifty-
first congress he was elected by the United States sen-
ate as its president pro tempore, without opposition, it
having been declared by the senate, after full debate,
to be a continuing ofl5ce.
HON. WILLIAM VINCENT ALLEN.
WASHINGTON, D. C.
fENATOR ALLEN was
born in Midway, Madison
county, Ohio, January 28, 1847.
His father was Rev. Samuel
Allen, of English descent, whose
ancestors emigrated to New
England many years before the
Revolution. Mr. Allen's great-
grandfather, Ananias Allen, was
a gallant Revolutionary captain.
Daniel Allen, his grandfather,
moved with his family to Ohio
about the year 1810, and located at what was then known
as the " New Purchase." His mother, Phoebe Pugh,
whose Welsh ancestors came, after the Revolution, to
what was subsequently Marion county, Ohio, was a
woman of remarkable strength of character, and to her
encouragement and advice her son ascribes whatever
was good in his after life. In 1857 his stepfather settled
in Iowa, where the boy worked on a farm as a common
laborer, his whole early life being a constant struggle-
He gained his education in Iowa common schools, at-
tending the Upper Iowa University at Fayette, for a time,
although without graduating. He enlisted as a private
soldier in the Civil War, in Company G, Thirty-second
Iowa Volunteer Infantry, serving the last few months of
his service on the staff of Gen. James I. Gilbert. After
the war he read law with L. L. Ainsworth, at West
Union, Iowa, was admitted to the bar May 31, 1869, and
immediately entered upon the successful practice of
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 5
Ais profession. In 1884 he removed from Iowa to Ne-
braska, and in 1891 he was nominated by the populists
and elected judge of the ninth judicial district of that
state. His able administration of the bench caused his
election on February 7, 1893, ^s U.S. Senator, by the joint
votes of the populists and democrats, for the full term
beginning March 4, 1893, and ending March 3, 1899.
On May 2, 1870, Senator Allen was married to Blanche
Mott, at Fayette, Iowa. Four children have been born
to them — three daughters and one son. As a law-
yer, judge, and senator, he has established an ad-
mitted leadership. In his labors as a lawyer, he won
a large general practice, of wide range, though in
later years he figured more particularly in the defense
of criminal cases. Of an analytic mind, he explored
every feature of a case, and reasoned upon the funda-
mental principles of the law, his final presentation of
facts being remarkably clear, comprehensive, and co-
herent. In his practice at the bar he prepared and
conducted his trials with a view to the strongest pre-
sentation in the appellate court, if lost below. As a
judge, he made a state reputation for his masterful,
rapid, and impartial administration of justice. In the
senate he took high rank. The great silver debate
brought him out in a notable fifteen-hours speech, that
was without a break in its- sustained excellence of ar-
gument, diction, logic, statement, physical endurance,
and smooth, forcible delivery. It was a marvel of sen-
ate oratory. He spoke continuously from 5 p.m. to 8
A.M. the next day, consuming the entire night. He at
once became the unquestioned populist leader in the
entire congress. He was the chairman of the commit-
tee on forest reservations, and a member of the com-
6 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
mittee on claims, on Indian affairs, and on public lands*
and a member of the special committee on trans-
portation and sale of meat products. Senator Allen is
a magnificent specimen of physical manhood, whose
fine physique and face typify his intellectual and moral
HON. JOHN MELLON THURSTON.
WASHINGTON, D. C.
Q|HE history of the country
^.'^ does not present a better
illustration of a self-made man
than is shown by the record of
John M. Thurston. At the age
of forty-five he is general so-
licitor for the greatest railway
system in the country, has
achieved a national reputation
I as an orator, and is looked upon
by the whole country as about
to become one of the leaders in
our public affairs when he shall take a seat in the
United States senate, to which he has been elected
by the unanimous vote of the legislature of Nebraska.
Mr. Thurston was born in Vermont in 1847, of Revo-
lutionary ancestry. His father died in volunteer ser-
vice as private in the First Wisconsin Cavalry in 1863.
His son was left in humble circumstances, which com-
pelled him to work his own way through college. He
was educated at Wayland University, Beaver Dam,
Wis. Soon after completing his work there he moved
to Omaha, having previously been admitted to the bar.
His great energy and ability at once made themselves
apparent, and his reputation as a lawyer and orator
steadily increased until it extended far beyond the
boundaries of his adopted state. In the earlier years of
his residence in Omaha, Mr. Thurston was a member of
the city council and afterward was city attorney for sev-
eral years. He was also a member of the legislature in
8 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
1875, holding the position of chairman of the judiciary
committee and acting speaker. In 1884 he headed the
Nebraska delegation to the republican national con-
vention, where he seconded the nomination of General
Logan for vice president, and otherwise took a prom-
inent part in the proceedings. He was temporary
chairman of the republican national convention of
1888, and on that occasion delivered an address
which established his fame as an orator on a national
basis. P2ver since that time he has been one of the
most popular campaign orators in the United States.
Having been for many years, by virtue of his ability
as an organizer and an orator, one of the recognized
leaders of the republican party in Nebraska, it is but
natural that Mr. Thurston's name has frequently been
mentioned in connection with the United States sena-
torship. In 1887 he was a strong candidate for that
honorable position, and in 1893 received the republican
caucus nomination. During that long and exciting
contest before the legislature he received the party
vote, lacking but five of an election. He was defeated
by a combination of populists and democrats. In 1889
he was urged by almost the entire West for a cabinet
position, and was prominently mentioned for nomina-
tion for vice president on the ticket with Blaine in 1892.
At the opening of the campaign of 1894, when W. J.
Bryan opened his aggressive campaign for the United
States senate, the standard of the republican party of
Nebraska was by common consent placed in the hands
of Mr. Thurston. He held a series of debates with the
democratic leader, and the result is known of all men.
At the end of the campaign it was found that Mr.
Bryan's attempt to gain the senatorial election by the
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. Q
fusion of the populists and democrats had failed. The
republicans of the state demanded Mr. Thurston's
election so unanimously that no other candidate ap-
peared, and long before the republican caucus was held
his election was a certainty. He received the unani-
mous vote of the party in the caucus and in the legis-
lature. Mr. Thurston has a wife and four children, and
his home is a model of comfort and domestic felicity.
HON. JESSE B. STRODE.
^as born in Farmer's town-
^^ ^llili ^^^P' I'^ulton county, 111.,
M^ February i8, 1845 J attended
H| ^^ public school winter terms
V* ^ ' and worked on his father's farm
summer terms, until he was
about nineteen years of age,
when he enlisted as a private
soldier in the Fiftieth Illinois
Infantry; was with his regiment
during the Atlanta campaign,
Sherman's march to the sea, through the Carolinas and
Virginia, and the grand review at Washington ; was
commissioned as lieutenant ; was mustered out in July,
1865, and immediately thereafter entered Abingdon
College, at Abingdon, Illinois, and remained a student
there for about three years, when he was elected prin-
cipal of the graded schools of the city of Abingdon,
which position he occupied for about eight years. Was
twice elected mayor, and six times alderman of the
city of Abingdon ; studied law during vacations, while
May I, 1879, moved from Abingdon, Illinois, to
Plattsmouth, Nebraska, and was admitted to the bar
there in November of the same year ; was elected dis"
trict attorney in 1882, and served two terms ; removed
to Lincoln in 1887, and practiced law there until elected
judge of the district court in 1892. While engaged in
the law practice, he appeared for the defendants in sev-
eral noted criminal trials, among them the Sheedy case
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 11
and the Irvine case, both tried at Lincoln, and the Yo-
cum case, tried at Hastings. He occupied the position
of district judge for two years, when he resigned to
enter upon his duties as congressman. He was nomi-
nated on the twelve hundred and forty-sixth ballot, at
the republican convention held at Nebraska City, Au-
gust 14, 15, and 16, 1894, and was elected at the follow-
ing election, receiving 18,155 votes, against 12,728
votes for Austin H. Weir, who was nominated by both
populists and democrats, and 1,078 votes for R. A.
Hawley, prohibitionist. Judge Strode is now engaged
in law practice at Lincoln, in partnership with his
nephew, E. C. Strode, under the firm name of Strode &
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HON. DAVID H. MERCER,
^^^AS born in Benton
^11 j^ county, Iowa, July 9,
1857; removed with his parents
to Nebraska in 1867; prepared
^M for college in Brownville High
^^^ School; graduated from the
> ^^^ Nebraska State University,
^ ^^^^fci June 9, 1880; was admitted to
^^. ^^H the bar April 8, 1881; gradu-
^^^^ ^H ated from the law deparment
^^^^^^H of the Michigan State Univer-
sity, March 29, 1882; was
secretary of the republican state central com-
mittee of Nebraska, 1884-5; ^^^ chairman of the re-
publican committee of Omaha and Douglas county,
1886-1892; was elected to the fifty-third congress as
a republican, receiving 11,488 votes, against 10,388
votes for Judge George W. Doane, democrat, 3,152
votes for Rev. Robert L. Wheeler, independent, and
362 votes for R. W. Richardson, prohibitionist; was
re-elected in 1894 by following vote: — D. H. Mercer,
12,946; J. E. Boyd, 8,165; D. C. Dcavcr, 3,962; G. W.
HON. GEORGE D. MEIKLEJOHN,
^^j^AS born at Weyauwega,
.^Ife^^ Wisconsin, August 26,
1857, and brought up on a
I---- farm; educated at the State
^& ^f^ Normal, Oshkosh, and Michi-
^B^^ gan University, Ann Arbor;
A. ^^ principal of the high school at
Weyauwega, and Liscomb,
Iowa; graduated from the law
department, Michigan Univer-
sity, in 1880; located at Fuller-
ton, Nance county, Nebraska,
in 1880, where he has since been engaged in the prac-
tice of law; was county attorney of Nance county three
years; elected to the senate of the Nebraska legislature
in 1884, and re-elected in 1886; was elected president
of the senate during his second term; was elected
chairman of the republican state convention in 1887,
and was elected chairman of the republican state cen-
tral committee in 1887-88; was elected lieutenant-
governor of Nebraska in 1888, and, by virtue of his
office as lieutenant-governor, was presiding officer of
the famous joint convention to canvass the election re-
turns of 189 1, when an attempt was made to count out
the ticket that was duly elected; and was elected to
the fifty-third congress as a republican, receiving 13,635
votes, against 10,630 votes for George F. Keiper, dem-
ocrat, and 9,636 votes for William A. Poynter, inde-
pendent; was re-elected to the fifty-fourth congress by
an increased vote over his two opponents. His record
in the last congress was that of a gentleman of high
education and brilliant prospects.
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HON. EUGENE J. HAINER,
I^T^AS born August i6, 1851,
c^U^rJ at Funfkirchen, Hun-
gary. Emigrated to the United
States with his parents in 1854.
The family, after living one
year at Chicago removed to
the Hungarian colony at New
Budd, Iowa; remained there
until 1857, when they removed
to Columbia, Missouri, where
they resided until i860, return"
' ^'— ing again to New Buda. His
early boyhood was spent on his father's farm. At the
age of fifteen he left home, working as a farm hand
near Garden Grove, Iowa, until 1873; received his edu-
cation at Garden Grove Seminary and Iowa Agricultural
College, teaching school during vacation to meet ex-
penses; graduated from the law department, Simpson
Centennary College, Indianola, Iowa, in 1876; removed
to Aurora, Nebraska, in 1877, where he has since re-
sided, and engaged in the practice of law; is interested
in banking and in a line of creameries in southern Ne-
braska; was never a candidate for elective office until
elected to the fifty-third congress as a republican,
receiving a large plurality over Wm. H. Dech, populist,
Victor Vifquain, democrat, and J. P. Kettelwell, prohi-
bition. He was renominated by his party in 1894, and
was re-elected to the fifty-fourth congress by increased
majorities against Judge W. L. Stark, populist. Mr.
Hainer is a gentleman of splendid physique and fine
appearance; enjoys the implicit confidence of his
neighbors of all political parties.
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HON. WM. E. ANDREWS,
i^AS born near Oskaloosa,
Mahaska county, Iowa
^^^^k tf His parents died without an
^^^^^J S estate when he was a mere lad;
^ •^ W B hence he was compelled to rely
^H g entirely upon his own energies
. "'^■^ m for support from early years.
He served as a farm hand sev-
I eral years during the farming
seasons, and attended country
I schools occasionally in winters.
He entered Simpson College,
Indianola, Iowa, in 1874, and spent part of his time
there as a student until 1880, the remainder being de-
voted to farm work and teaching country schools, to
secure the funds necessary to defray college expenses-
He was elected superintendent of the schools of Ring-
gold county, Iowa, in 1879, from which office he retired
in 1881, to accept the assistant principalship of the
Garden Grove (Iowa) Academy ; was a member of the
Iowa state convention that elected Blaine delegates to
the national convention of 1880; graduated from Par-
sons College, Fairfield, Iowa, in June, 1885, having
accepted on the first day of that year an election to the
chair of Latin and History in Hastings College, Has-
tings, Nebraska. On September i, 1885, he was hap-
pily married to Miss Mira McCoy, of Fairfield, Iowa ;
was elected vice president of Hastings College in Jan-
uary, 1889, and president of the Nebraska State Teach-
ers' Association in 1890; was a member of the repub-
lican state central committee, 1891-2. He was nomi-
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nated in 1892 by the republicans of the fifth Nebraska
congressional district, to make the canvass against W.
A. McKeighan, fusionist, whose former plurality of
10,388 was reduced 7,128 votes; resigned his position
in Hastings College January i, 1893, to become private
secretary to Hon. Lorenzo Crounse, governor of Ne-
braska ; was renominated by acclamation in 1894, and
elected as a republican to the fifty-fourth congress,
receiving 16,410 votes, against 15,450 for W. A. Mc-
Keighan, fusionist, 175 for T. F. Ashby, straight-dem-
ocrat, and 651 for O. C. Hubbell, prohibitionist.
HON. OMAR MADISON KEM,
BROKEN BOW, NEBRASKA.
I .„-...._ ^
^ ^^^AS born in Wayne
w^ '^yili county, Ind., November
m0^ ^^ 13, 1855. ^^ ^^^ brought up
^^^. on a farm and received a
^^W ^ common school education. In
-^^^ ^ March, 1882, he moved to Cus-
ter county, Nebraska, where he
entered land under the home-
stead law. He lived on this
homestead until the beginning
of 1890, when he moved to
Broken Bow, having been appointed deputy treasurer
of Custer county. He served in this capacity till
August 1st following. On July 29th Mr. Kem re-
ceived the nomination of the people's independent
party in convention at Columbus for congressman
from his district. Being but little known at that
time he accepted the nomination, as he said, not
with any great hope of being elected, but rather as
a protest against the political policies that had pre-
vailed in both state and nation for years. Neverthe-
less he began a vigorous campaign on the lines of rail-
road and financial reform, and remained in the field
until the polls closed on the evening of November 4th.
The district at that time was known as the "Big
Third," and comprised all that part of the state lying
north of the Platte river except Douglas and Sarpy
counties. It also took in Perkins county south of the
river. There were three candidates besides Mr. Kem;
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Geo. W. E. Dorsey, of Fremont, republican; W. H.
Thompson, of Grand Island, democart, and W. L,
Pierce, prohibitionist. Notwithstanding the fact that
the republican majority in that district had been
about 12,000, Mr. Kem made his campaign so success-
fully that he was elected by a plurality of 6,391 votes.
After the census of 1890 the state was redistricted and
about twenty counties were taken off Mr. Kem's dis-
trict, which became the sixth district. He had served
his constituents in congress so acceptably that he was
renominated for a second term August 3, 1892, at
Kearney, without a dissenting vote. There were again
three candidates against him. James Whitehead, re-
publican, A. T. Gatewood, democrat, and Rev. Orlando
Beebe, prohibitionist. He was elected again by a plu-
rality of 2,133 votes. When the next congressional
convention of the district was convened it was at
Broken Bow, Mr. Kem's own county. He did not at-
tend the convention, and made no personal effort to
obtain a renomination; but although there was some
factional oppositon, he was renominated on the first
ballot. The republican nominee in this campaign was
Matthew Daugherty, and the prohibitionist nominee
was Wm. Bone, of Gibbon. There was no democrat
candidate in the field. For the third time Mr. Kem
was successful, and was elected to the fifty-fourth
congress by a plurality of 2,401 and a majority of about
HON. WILLIAM R. AKERS,
REPRESENTS the largest
15^.^ senatorial district in Ne-
braska, the thirtieth, this con-
■ stituency being all the people
of Dawson, Lincoln, Keith,
Cheyenne, and Logan counties
and the unorganized territory
west of Blaine and Logan.
This district had been strongly
anti-republican for four years
previous to the fall of 1894,
when Mr. Akers was elected
on the republican ticket over Hon. C. D. Shrader, pop-
ulist, by a majority of 800. Mr. Akers was born in
Harrison county, Ohio, in 1839, and ten years later
moved with his parents to Iowa county, Iowa. In the
spring of 1861 he enlisted in Company G, Seventh
Iowa Volunteers, serving until August, 1864, during
which time he was engaged in many of the hard con-
flicts of the war — Donelson, Fort Henry, luka, Shiloh,
Corinth, and all along the line of Sherman's advance
to the sea. Returning to the county from which he
enlisted, he entered the educational field, and was later
elected county superintendent of public instruction.
From here he moved to Powisheik county, Iowa, and
was there elected county superintendent, serving two
terms. In the meantime he studied law, and in 1882
removed to Fort Collins, Colo., and began practicing
law. Becoming interested in irrigation, he made it a
special study, and removed to the North Platte river^
near the Nebraska-Wyoming line, where he assisted in
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constructing the first irrigating canal on that stream.
During, the last twelve years he has given great deal of
attention to the subject of irrigation, and to no other
man is due more of the credit for the advanced condi-
tion of Scott's Bluff county in that line of develop-
ment. He prepared and filed the first papers put on
record in Nebraska relative to irrigation, and has taken
part in the organization of a large proportion of the
districts in his county, in the meantime carrying on
farming operations. Mr. Akers' large majority was no
doubt due largely to the great interest of his district
in irrigation and his well-known knowledge of and inter-
est in the subject, although he is personally very pop-
ular. He is chairman of the irrigation committee and
a member of the special relief committee. He is also
a member of the committees on judiciary, immigration,
manufactures and commerce, railroads, privileges and
elections, and live stock and grazing.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 23
HON. WILLIAM E. BAUER.
DAVID CITY, NEBRASKA.
SI HE populists of the nine-
S!fe teenth senatorial district
I are well represented by Wm.
E. Bauer, whose home is at
David City, Butler county.
Senator Bauer was born in
Summit county, Ohio, Septem-
ber 2, i860. In 1866 his par-
ents moved to Michigan. His
common school education was
received in the high school at
Union City, Michigan, from
which he graduated in 1889. His studies were after-
ward continued at Ann Arbor, where he also took lec-
tures at the law school of Michigan University. Mov-
ing to Muscatine, Iowa, in 1881, Mr. Bauer acted for
some time as instructor in Latin in the city schools,
after which he entered the law office of Richmond &
Titus. He was admitted to the bar in 1884, and the
following year came to David City in this state, where
he has practiced law since that time. In 1890 Mr.
Bauer was married to Miss Hattie B. Hoag, of Man-
chester, Iowa. In politics, Mr. Bauer was always a
strong anti-monopolist. He attempted to carry his
ideas into effect within the republican party until 1892,
when he became convinced that they could best be
made effective through a new party, and joined the
populists. He was nominated by the populists of But-
ler and Seward counties, and endorsed by the free
silver democrats. Senator Bauer is a member of the
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committees on counties and county boundaries, medi-
cal legislation, asylum, industrial home, reform schools,
home for the friendless, and institute for the feeble
minded youth, immigration, and relief.
HON. JOSEPH BLACK.
fMOSEPH BLACK, senator-
^ elect from Buffalo and
Sherman counties, sixteenth
senatorial district, is one of
the best known citizens of the
city of Kearney. He was born
in Virginia, sixty years ago,
and has since resided in Illi-
nois, Iowa, and Nebraska. At
the breaking out of the War of
the Rebellion he was a resident
of Illinois and at once enlisted
in the Fifty-fifth Infantry as a private. By gallant
conduct he was elected captain, and received from
Governor Yates a commission as captain of Company
K. He participated in the battles of Shiloh, was in
the Yazoo campaign and at the siege of Vicksburg.
After the close of the war he located in Iowa, where
he lived until 1875, when he came to Kearney. He
has served one term as county treasurer, one term as
mayor of Kearney, and has three times been elected
president of the Kearney board of education. He was
chairman of senate committee on state prison, and a
member of the following standing committees: public
lands and building, military affairs, internal improve-
ment, banks and currency, public charities, soldiers*
home, and irrigation.
HON. JOHN T. BRESSLER,
lEPRESENTING the elev-
enth senatorial district —
/ayne, Stanton, Madison, and
Pierce counties — was born in
Huntington county. Pa., Janu-
uary 14, 1849. ^^^ went with
his parents to Blair county in
the same state, and lived there
till the spring of 1870, when he
came to Nebraska, and took a
homestead in Wayne county.
In 1877 the republicans of
Wayne county elected him treasurer of that county,
and in i ,79 re-elected him to that office. The same
year, in connection with D. C. Patterson, he started the
Logan Valley bank, at La Porte, which was then the
county seat of Wayne county. When the railroad was
built through Wayne county, and the town of Wayne
was started, the bank was removed to Wayne, and in
1885 was reorganized as the first national bank of
Wayne. Mr. Dressier continued with the bank, and
was its president till 1889. He is now engaged in
farming, real estate, and the banking and loan business.
Senator Dressier is chairman of the committee on
claims, and is a member of the committees on public
lands and buildings, agriculture, enrolled and engrossed
bills, counties and county boundaries, miscellaneous
corporations, asylum, industrial home, etc., and stand-
HON. GEORGE H. CALDWELL,
GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA,
^^S^^HO represents Hall and
,^tJg|;, Howard counties, the
sixteenth senatorial district,
was born in Welgo county, O.,
in 1844, and was reared on a
farm. In 1864 he joined Com-
pany C, of the 140th Ohio In-
fantry. After the war he lo-
cated in West Virginia, where
he studied law and was ad-
mitted to the bar. Mr. Cald-
well located in Grand Island,
Neb., in May, 1877, and in the same year was married
to Carrie F. Hutchinson, of Ohio. He has practiced
law continuously in Hall county, except during the
eight years, from 1882 to 1890, during which time he
was county judge. This is Senator Caldwell's first
term in the legislature, but his excellent knowledge of
law and wide information, combined with a capacity
for personal work and work on the floor, leave no
room for doubting his ability to protect the interests
of his constituents. He is chairman of the committee
on engrossed and enrolled bills, and soldiers' home,
and a member of the judiciary committee, the com-
mittee on finance, ways and means, the committee on
accounts and expenditures, and irrigation.
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HON. JACOB N. CAMPBELL,
SENATOR from the eigh-
^^l teenth district compris-
ing Polk, Merrick, and Nance
counties, was born March 31,
1865, on the Missouri bottom
1^^^^^^. in Atchison county. Mo., just
^^^^^P^^^^ across the river from Brown-
ville. Neb. The son of a
farmer, the most of Mr. Camp-
bell's youth was spent on a
farm near Watson, Mo., whither
his parents moved soon after
his birth. He received a more than usually good com-
mon school education, completing it with a year at the
high school at Rockford, Mo., and adding a year in
the junior class at Peru, Neb. In 1888, he moved to
Nebraska, locating in Nance county, where he still re-
sides. When the people's independent party was formed
Mr. Campbell was one of its earliest members. He
was elected county supervisor in 1890; in 1892. he was
elected to the state senate, to which he was re-elected
last fall. In the session of 1893 he served on the ju-
diciary and railroad committees, and this session is
chairman of the committee on mines and minerals. He
was the author of the Pinkerton bill, which was en-
acted in 1893. Senator Campbell is married and has
four bright boys.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 3 1
HON. THOMAS D. CRANE,
tENATOR from Douglas
^ county, was born in New
¥ ^i Bedford, Mass. His parents
W^ W^ f*t^ moved to Ottawa, 111., when he
was quite young, and he grew
up in that city. His education
was a thorough academic one.
He early embraced the law,
and as soon as he became of
age was admitted to the bar in
Springfield, after a satisfactory
examination there. Until com-
ing to Omaha in June, 1887, where he has since re-
sided, he practiced law in Ottawa, 111. He has built
up a very large practice in Douglas county, and many
of the outside interests with which his services are con-
nected bring him into the courts in almost every county
in the state. He is able before a court or jury, or in a
legislative body, possessing an engaging manner and
attractive delivery. His language is finished, and, al-
though at times eloquent, he never loses the pith of
what is under discussion or the points he wishes to
make. Everybody knows Senator Crane as a very ge-
nial, approachable gentleman. He takes quite an
interest in state and national affairs, but ** politics " is
not his forte, and his law business keeps him too busy
otherwise. He served in the house in the session of
1893, being elected at the election previous by over
2,500 majority, receiving more votes in Douglas county
than any candidate for any office, state or national.
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He was the unanimous choice of the io8 delegates
from Douglas county, in the last state convention, for
lieutenant governor. In the fall of 1894 he was elected
to the office he now holds, senator from Douglas
county, by a vote exceeding by over 1,500 what he re-
ceived when he was elected to the house two years be-
fore. The people of Douglas county, including the
metropolis, seem to like to send him to the legislature.
He may be called higher. From the foregoing it is need-
less to say that he is a republican in politics. He went
into the thick of the fight in the last campaign for
republican principles. He was chairman of committee
on miscellaneous corporations, and member of the fol-
lowing senate committees : judiciary, municipal affairs,
claims, banks and currency, manufactures and com-
HON. JOHN CRAWFORD,
|EPRESENTS the big thir-
teenth senatorial district,
consisting of Holt, Garfield,
and Wheeler, and what is des-
ignated in the apportionment
as ''the unorganized territory
north of Holt and Keya Paha "
counties. He was born in Ren-
frewshire, Scotland, in' 1831;
and came with his parents tq
America in 1832. He lived iii
Canada, near the Vermont line;
until 1862, when he ceased to be a subject of the Queen
and became a citizen of the United States, moving to
Marquette county. Wis. In 1879 Mr. Crawford came
to Nebraska and settled on a homestead in Holt
county, where he has lived ever since, his postoffice
address being Atkinson. Mr. Crawford has always
been a farmer, and his sympathies are thoroughly with
the agricultural and other working classes. He was
elected to the senate in November, 1894, by the peo-
ple's independent party. His committee work is done as
a member of the committee on constitutional amend-
ments and federal relations, and the committee on
mines and minerals.
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HON. GEORGE CROSS,
^AS PROMOTED to the
senate from the lower
house, having been a member
of the house of representatives
from the twenty-third district
Mr. Cross was born in Keno-
sho county, Wis., in 1841, and
resided in the Badger state un-
til 1870, when he came to Ne-
braska and located at Fairbury,
which is still his home. He
founded the Gazette in Fair-
bury in 1870, and has been very successful, making the
Gazette one of the leading republican papers in south-
ern Nebraska. Senator Cross is a veteran of the war,
having served through the Rebellion in the First Wis-
consin Heavy Artillery. At the close of the war he en-
tered the Wisconsin State University, from which he
graduated in 1867. He is chairman of the committee
on public printing and a member of the committees on
highways, bridges, and ferries, military affairs, educa-
tion, privileges and elections, medical legislation, man-
ufactures and commerce, and soldiers' home.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 35
HON. WALTER FREMONT DALE,
§ENATOR of the twenty-
eighth senatorial district,
was born December 6, 1856,
near Union Grove, Racine
county, Wis. He lived on a
farm and attended district
school until nearly seventeen
years of age. He then spent
two years at Rochester Semi-
nary, and from there went to
the Northwestern University at
Evanston, 111., where he took a
three-years theological course, graduating with the
class of 1878. After graduation, Mr. Dale preached
for three years as a member of the Wisconsin Confer-
ence of the M. E. Church. Study and confinement
broke down his health in 1881, and he rented a farm
near his old home in Racine County, Wis., and farmed
for four years. In 1885 he came to Nebraska and settled
upon the farm in the northern part of Harlan county,
where he now lives. For four years he served as a mem-
ber of the board of supervisors of Harlan county. Two
years ago he was elected by the people's independent
party to the state senate, and was re-elected last No-
vember; was a delegate to the Trans-Mississippi Con-
gress held at Ogden, Utah, April, 1893, appointed by
Gov. Crounse. In January, 1894, he was elected presi-
dent of the State Farmers' Alliance. Mr. Dale was
married in 1879 to Ella C. Hale, at Prospect, Wiscon-
sin. Senator Dale is a leader in his party and in the
legislature, being a hard worker, a ready and earnest
talker, and a courageous and persistent fighter.
36 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
HON. ALEXANDER GRAHAM,
MEMBER of the senate
^_^,^^ from Gage county, the
twenty-first district, was born
in Licking county, Ohio, Au-
gust 25, 1845. I" 1852 he
moved with his parents to
Bellefontaine, Logan county,
Ohio, which place he looked
upon as his home until he came
west. He enlisted in Com-
pany D, Forty-fifth Ohio In-
fantry, in 1861, and saw hard
service. He was at the battle of Pittsburgh Landing
and Shiloh ; took part under Gen. Buell in the raid on
Kirby Smith ; was in the raid against Morgan, through
Indiana and Ohio, and part of Morgan's troops sur-
rendered to his regiment and were taken to Cincinnati
under its guard. Afterward he was ordered to East
Tennessee, where his regiment joined Burnside's army,
and took part in several engagements in that part of
the state. After the siege of Knoxville, his regiment,
after re-enlistment, was sent to join Sherman at Buz-
zard Roost, and was assigned to the twenty-third army
corps, and was soon thereafter transferred to the fourth
army corps, under Gen. Howard. On July 4, 1864, he re-
ceived a wound in the right leg which kept him in the
hospital at Louisville, Ky., for four months. He
recovered in time to join in the pursuit of Hood, hav-
ing rejoined his regiment at Nashville. Upon his re-
turn from the war Mr. Graham spent two years at
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 37
Geneva Academy, Northwood, Ohio, after which he
entered upon a clerkship at his old home, Bellefon-
taine. In 1879 he came to Nebraska. For the last
nine years he has been engaged in the real-estate busi-
ness at Beatrice. In 1881 he was elected a member of
the Gage county board of supervisors, and in 1889 was
elected chairman, a position which he held for three
years. He was a member of the senate in 1893, and his
re-election is a deserved recognition of his services.
From 1869 to 1877 Mr. Graham was a commercial
traveler in the West and South, and for the two years
before he came to Nebraska he lived in Kansas. He is
chairman of the committee on finance, ways and
means, and a member of the committees on school
lands and funds, education, railroads, state prison,
rules, and soldiers' home.
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HON. WILLIAM M. GRAY,
NORTH LOUP, NEBRASKA.
^^^^^^^^ >@pHE member of the senate
and Blaine counties, compris-
ing the fifteenth senatorial
district, is serving his district a
second time in the upper house
of the legislature. Mr. Gray-
was born in a Pennsylvania
village in 1847. His father died
when he was but twelve years
old, leaving the family in hum-
ble circumstances, and the son
worked among the farmers in the neighborhood during
the summers and went to school in the winter. When
seventeen years of age he began work with a wagon
maker in a country place, and a year and a half later
went to the city of Pittsburgh, where he worked in fac-
tories for three years and attended night school part
of the time. In 1869 Mr. Gray engaged in the retail
grocery business, which in a few years developed into
a wholesale business in a special line of the grocery
trade. He continued in this businens until 1884 when
he came to Valley county in this state and bought a
tract of land. Since that time he has been contin-
uously engaged in farming and stock raising. In 1891
Mr. Gray was elected to represent his township on the
county board and was the chairman of the board for
the next two years. In 1893 he was elected senator
from his district on the populist ticket, and last fall
was re-elected. Mr. Gray has a family consisting of a
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 39
wife and six children. He is chairman of the library
committee and a member of the committee on high-
ways, bridges, and ferries. Senator Gray unfortunately
*vas taken seriously ill at the opening of the legislature
and remained confined to his room for several weeks.
HON. LEOPOLD HAHN.
QfHE republican senator
^f from the twenty-seventh
district, L. Hahn, was born at
Baden, Germany, March 7,
1847. He came to America in
1866, and lived first in Erie,
Pennsylvania. In 1867 he came
west to Lincoln, Illinois, and
later in the same year came
west to Nebraska City, this
state. After a short stay in
the Black Hills, in 1878, he lo-
cated in Hastings, which is now his home. Mr. Hahn
served one term on the county board, and was elected
to the legislature in 1889. He superintended the con-
struction of the asylum for the chronic insane at Has-
tings in 1 891 and 1892, was engaged in the furniture
business from 1889 to 1891. At the present time Mr.
Hahn is giving most of his attention to farming. Mr.
Hahn is chairman of the committee on municipal
affairs, and is a member of the committees on finance,
ways and means, accounts and expenditures, en-
rolled and engrossed bills, asylum, industrial home,
reform schools, home for the friendless and insti-
tute for feeble-minded youth, manufactures and com-
merce, standing committees, railroads, miscellaneous
corporations, and state prison.
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HON. WILLIAM D. HOLBROOK,
§S a native of Missouri, born
at Scottsville, Sullivan
county, April 17, 1850. His
father was a professional man,
and put in the best years of his
life as a teacher, lawyer, and
judge. He died when Wil-
liam was a lad of eleven years,
the eldest son in a family of
I* seven children, all being left
in moderate circumstances.
Being the oldest son, the sup-
port of the family fell heavily upon the subject of this
sketch. He attended schools whenever he was able to
spare the time from his work, but he studied hard at
home evenings, which was very profitable to him in
gaining a good education. Senator Holbrook came to
Nebraska in 1878, and located in Dodge county on a
farm on Maple Creek for six years, then purchased his
present farm and home. He is one of Dodge county's
best farmers, and has a model farm and is prospering.
Has stood unwaveringly and always for republican
principles. Has had some experince in official life,
being justice of the peace for ten years, school director
nine years, and was elected state senator in 1894 by 178
majority over ex-senator John Thomsen, overcoming a
democratic majority of 1,320 — a gain of 1,500 votes.
Was married March 14, 1875, to Miss Addie R. Mahan.
Five children bless their home. Myrtle, Mabel, Edith,
Frank, and Ethel, and this happy family is bound to-
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gether by the strongest of family ties, a pleasant home,
as many testify who have enjoyed their hospitality
often. Senator Holbrook is at present secretary and
practically manager of the Farmers' Mutual Insurance
Association, which is composed of many of the best
farmers in the entire county of Dodge. He is a man
splendidly qualified to faithfully, intelligently, and
honestly represent the best interests of all the people
of Dodge and Washington counties, and was an ener-
getic worker on committees of the senate of which he
was a member, as follows : internal improvements,
school lands and funds, counties and county bounda-
ries, library, miscellaneous subjects ; chairman of com-
mittee on manufactures and commerce.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 43
HON. J. HALL HITCHCOCK,
|(R|S the senator for the sec-
^Ip ond district, was born in
Perry county, Ohio, April 20,
1859, and was reared on a farm
in that state. He was edu-
cated in the public schools and
taught several years afterwards
in his native county. In 1881
he came to Nebraska, where he
was principal of the Sterling
schools for a time, and later
served as cashier of the John-
son county bank in the same town. Since finishing his
law and business course at the Elliott college of Bur-
lington, Iowa, he has devoted himself entirely to the
practice of his profession. Mr. Hitchcock was elected
county attorney of Johnson county in 1890 and re-
elected in 1892. He is recognized as one of the best
young lawyers of this state, a popular man and
leading republican. Mr. Hitchcock was elected to
the state senate of Nebraska from the second district
in 1894 for two years and was appointed chairman of
the committee on the asylum, the industrial home,
reform schools, home of the friendless, and institute
for feeble minded youth, and also a member of the
committees on judiciary, finance, ways and means,
municipal affairs, public printing, claims, university
and normal schools, and miscellaneous subjects
Postoffice address Tecumseh, Neb.
44 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
HON. E. W. JEFFRES,
one of the members of
the senate who prides
himself on being a staunch
populist. He was elected last
November to represent the
ninth senatorial district, which
consists of Antelope, Greeley,
and Boone counties. Mr. Jef-
fres was born in Mercer
county, Ohio, December 7,
1851, and was brought up on a
farm, acquiring a common
school education in the time he could get from his busy
day in the field and among the stock under his care.
In June, 1863, at the age of twelve years, he moved to
Mills county, Iowa, and it was in Iowa schools that his
education was received. January 30, 1870, Mr. Jeffres
was married. It was seven years later, in 1877, when
he became a resident of Nebraska, having moved in
that year to Greeley county, where he has lived ever
since. He is a hard working member of the senate, and
has a place on the committee on agriculture, the com-
mittee on school lands and funds, and the committee
on mines and minerals.
HON. W. J. LEHR,
^ -j^LOAT Senator from the
PJ[? fifth district, comprising
Saunders and Sarpy counties,
was born in LaSalle county,
111., January 9, 1856, of Ger-
man parentage. He came to Ne-
braska in 1879, settling on the
farm he now owns and occupies
near the village of Mead, in
Saunders county. One year
later he was married to Miss
Maria Billman, and the union
iias been blessed with four boys and one girl. Mr.
Lehr was nominated by the republicans of Saunders
county in 1888 for county commissioner, and was
elected. In 1891 he was re-elected to the same posi-
tion, which he yet holds, having twice been chairman
of the board. Senator Lehr has always been a staunch
republican, and is a successful farmer. He is an effi-
cient member of the legislature, watching closely and
working hard for the interests of his constituents.
He is chairman of the committee on highways, bridges,
and ferries, and of the committee on counties and
county boundaries, and a member of the committee
on library, live stock, and grazing, miscellaneous sub-
jects, and labor.
HON. HARRY C. LINDSEY.
PAWNEE CITY. NEBRASKA.
Q|HE young senator from
0& the first district, the old
wealthy counties of Richard-
son and Pawnee, was born at
Lodi, Wis., November 8, i86i.
His general education was ob-
tained in the common and
high schools of Wisconsin.
After the close of his school
days he took a course in law,
and was admitted to the bar in
1882. He became a resident
of Nebraska in 1883, when he moved to Pawnee City.
He has practiced law in that county ever since, and
that he has taken a leading place at the bar of that
section is shown by the fact that he has been three
times elected prosecuting attorney for Pawnee county.
He was first elected in 1888, and his office was con-
ducted so much to the satisfaction of his constituents
that he was re-elected in 1890, and elected to a third
term in 1892. In the fall of 1894 he was promoted by
a nomination and election to the senate. Senator
Lindsey is chairman of the committee on agriculture,
and a member of the committee on judiciary, accounts
and expenditures, education, constitutional amend-
ments and federal relations, privileges and elections,
and medical legislation.
HON. GILBERT E. McKEEBY,
RED CLOUD, NEBRASKA,
^AS born in the town of
Bath, Summit county,
Ohio, on the fourth day of No-
vember, 1844, and removed
with his parents to Oregon,
Wisconsin, in 1846. While a
student in the Wisconsin State
University in 1864, he enlisted
in Battery M, First Wisconsin
heavy artillery, and served un-
til the close of the war. He
graduated at Bellevue Hospital,
Medical College, in New York city, in 1868, and prac-
ticed medicine at Lodi, Wisconsin, for fourteen years,
during which time he read law at leisure hours, and
was admitted to the bar at Madison, Wisconsin, in
1882. He represented the twenty-seventh district in
the Wisconsin state senate during the sessions of 188 1
and 1882, and in the autumn of the latter year removed
to Red Cloud, Nebraska, where, for the past eleven
years, he has been engaged in the practice of medicine.
He was mayor of his city in 1888, and for two years
did the editorial work for the Red Cloud Republican,
at that time a daily and weekly newspaper. He has
always been a republican. He was chairman of the
senate relief committee, committee on medical socie-
ties, and committee on revenue, and a member of the
following standing committees of the senate: public
lands and buildings, municipal affairs, railroads, state
prisons, university and normal schools, and labor.
HON. JOHN C. F. McKESSON,
,JAS born in Buena Vista,
)V^ Illinois, December 13,
1858, and is therefore, at this
time, 36 years old. At the
close of the war, and after a
year's residence in Kansas, he
came to Nebraska with his
parents and lived in Richard-
son county. He has lived in
Nebraska ever since it was ad-
mitted into the Union as a
state. The father of this sketch
was a minister, and naturally was poor, thereby throw-
ing young John upon his own resources in order to gain
his education. He was equal to the emergency, and
after completing a common school education he en-
tered the Nebraska State University and studied there
for nearly six years, passing through all the classes
to nearly the completion of the senior year. Dur-
ing this time he was self-supporting, receiving little
or no aid from his parents. He entered the field of
journalism, joining Col. Hyde in founding the Lincoln
Daily Neivs, and while studying in the university pub-
lished the Lmcoln Daily Times, a spicy paper contain-
ing all the news of the day, and had a good patronage
owing to the bright editorials that appeared from time
to time in its columns upon the political- questions of
that time. His labors in the journalistic field becom-
ing so arduous and his interests so great, he severed
his connection with the university before graduating.
He continued with the Daily News for over one year
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 5 1
and then removed to a farm near Emerald, in Lancaster
county, upon which he still resides. In 1887 he went
to Goodland, Kansas, and assumed the position of
cashier of a bank with Russell Brothers. He still had
a longing for his old home, and in 1888 returned to
Lancaster county. John C. F. McKesson is a self-
made man, strong in his convictions, and well posted
upon all questions of a political nature. The citizens
of Lancaster county were not slow in recognizing his
ability and noticing the fact that in whatever position
he appeared he filled it always with credit to himself
and to his constituents, and was frequently urged for
positions of prominence in the state by his fellow citi-
zens, but repeatedly refused any position at the hands
of the republican party of which he was so strong a
member, confining himself strictly to his chosen occu-
pation, that of a farmer. In the fall of 1890, he was
chosen as a member of the legislature, filling his posi-
tion with credit to himself and the state. His one
term was sufficient to insure his re-election in 1892, re-
turned again to the house where he immediately as-
sumed the leadership on the republican side. He was
skilled in the art of parliamentary practice, and was al-
ways in the front rank of the hot battles on the floor.
In 1894 he was again chosen by his citizens as state sen-
ator and immediately upon his election — although one
of the youngest members in tJ e body — was urged as
president of the senate; he fused, however, to be a
candidate for this position and was given the chairman-
ship of the most important committee in the senate —
that of railroads — a well merited recognition of his
fairness and his great desire to do justice between the
people and the corporations. Mr. McKesson, in 1881,
52 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
married Miss Isadore Swisher, a daughter of Dr.
Swisher, of Lincoln. Lancaster county is proud of the
young statesman for the reason that they find in him
always an advocate of fair and just dealing upon all
political measures; always firm in the desire that right
shall prevail, true to his friends, and ever ready and
willing to sacrifice his own personal interests that the
public may be properly repi-esented. His course is al-
ways one that will recommend him, and we bespeak for
him continued advancement as long as he shall remain
in politics, and although modest and of a retiring na-
ture it can be truthfully said of him that the office has
always sought after him rather than he seeking the
HON. EDWIN E. MIGHELL,
^pLAY and Hamilton coun-
^^ ties, constituting the
twenty-fifth senatorial district,
are represented by Edwin E.
Mighell, a straight republican.
Mr. Mighell's parents took up
their residence at Piano, Ken-
dall county, Illinois, in 1837,
and he was born at that place
in 1850, June 2d. He lived at
the place of his birth continu-
ously until January i, 1871,
when he was married to Ella A. Miller, at Tampico,
Whiteside county. 111. In the spring of 1872 he moved
to Tampico, where he resided until 1875, when he re-
turned to the old home at Piano. In 1879 he removed
to Maryville, Mo., and purchasing a farm near there
resided thereuntil the spring of 1883. In that year he
became a resident of Nebraska, having moved to Ham-
ilton county, and purchased 480 acres of land, where he
has resided ever since. There are three children in the
family, all daughters; Lizzie E., born at Tampico, 111.,
April 6, 1873; Adah L., born at Piano, 111., June 26,
1876, and Allie J., born at Maryville, Mo., August 16,
1882. Mr. Mighell received a common school educa-
tion. His postoffice is Aurora, Neb., and he is engaged
in the feeding and shipping of stock. As chairman of
the committee on miscellaneous subjects, and a mem-
ber of the committees on agriculture, school lands and
funds, state prison, public charities, live stock and
grazing, and immigration. Senator Mighell has exerted
an important influence on the legislation of the twenty-
HON. ISAAC NOYES,
.^ENATOR from the sixth
^^] district, was born in
m Batchellerville, Saratoga
^^1^ m county. New York, in 1828.
^^^^^^ His parents were pioneers in
^^^^C^ f that section who had emigrated
from Vermont. He was edu-
cated in the public schools,
finishing at the State Normal
school at Albany. In 1857 he
came to Nebraska and pre-
empted 160 acres of land and
purchased more land adjoining, which together consti-
tute the farm on which he now lives. Returning to New
York in 1859, he married Miss Addie T. Batcheller.
During the war he remained east, engaged in manufact-
uring wooden ware. As supervisor of the town of Edin-
burgh, his entire time in 1864 was given to enlisting
soldiers. In 1875 he was elected to the assembly from
second district of Saratoga, and was re-elected the
next session. During both sessions he was chairman
of the committee on villages, a very important com-
mittee in that state. He returned to Nebraska perma-
nently in 1879, where he has lived since on his farm in
Douglas county. In 1892 his name was before the repub-
licans of Douglas county for governor, but during the
ballot he withdrew his name in the interest of Governor
Crounse. Senator Clark's death, in 1893, left a vacancy
which Mr. Noyes was elected to fill, and in 1894 he was
elected from Douglas county again. Mr. Noyes comes
of good old Presbyterian stock, his father and
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 55
grandfather having both been elders in that church, as
he is at this time. He is a member of the committees
on finance, ways and means, agriculture, highways,
bridges, and ferries, counties and county boundaries,
and miscellaneous subjects, and chairman of the com-
mittees on internal improvements and education.
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HON. JOHN D. POPE,
1 ^IpEPRESENTS the twenty-
^s^. second senatorial dis-
trict, consisting of Saline
county, lives at Friend, Ne-
braska, and is a stalwart re-
publican. He is a familiar
figure in the senate chamber of
the Nebraska legislature, hav-
ing been a member of the
senate in 1889 and in 1893,
the present term being his
third. Mr. Pope was born De-
cember 28, 1856, at Waukegan, 111. He studied in the
high school there, then entered Oberlin college and
graduated in the preparatory department, classical
course, in 1878. In the fall of the same year he en-
tered the freshman class of Lake Forest University and
attended there until 1881, when he entered Dartmouth
College and graduated in 1882 in the classical course.
He taught Latin and Greek in 1882-3 in the high school
of Rochester, Minnesota, and in 1883 ^^^ ^^^4 ^^s su-
perintendent of schools at Casselton, Dakota. He was
admitted to the bar in March, 1885, ^^ Ottawa, Illinois,
and practiced law in Chicago until October, 1886, when
he came to Friend, Nebraska, where he has lived since.
On May 29, 1889, he was married to Lillian C. Mc-
Dougall, daughter of Mathew McDougall, who was a
member of the house of representatives in the sixteenth
and seventeenth sessions. They have one child, John
McDougall Pope, aged three and a-half years. Mr.
Pope is one of the leaders of the senate, a good or-
BIOGRAPHICAL SKET CHES. 57
ganizer, a hard worker, and a ready and forcible
speaker. He is chairman of the judiciary committee
and of the committee on standing committees. He is
also a member of the committees on irrigation, claims,
railroads, miscellaneous corporations, and constitu-
tional amendments and federal relations.
58 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
HON. FRANCIS M. RATHBUN,
^:ENATOR from the twenty-
^1 ninth district, consisting
of Furnas, Red Willow, Hitch-
cock, Dundy, Gosper, Fron-
tier, Chase, and Hayes counties,
was born in Cortland, DeKalb
county, Illinois, December 15,
1849. He was reared on a
farm and attended district
school until thirteen years of
age, afterward attending Knox
Academy at Galesburg, Illi-
nois. In 1878 he came to Nebraska and settled on a
farm in Frontier county, where he has since lived. He
was twice elected surveyor of the county, and was once
appointed to fill a vacancy in the same office. His
campaign for the senate, last fall, was a splendid one,
he having entered the fight with a majority of 1,100
against him, which he overcame, and was elected over
Hon, L. W. Young, populist, whom he succeeds, by a
majority of 422. He carried every county but two —
Gosper and Hitchcock. Senator Rathbun has always
been an active champion 6f the agricultural interests
of the state, and in 1895 ^^^ elected second vice presi-
dent of the Stat board of agriculture. He has his
hands full of wor in the senate, being chairman of the
committees on public charities, live stock and grazing,
and school lands and funds, and a member of the com-
mittees on public lands and buildings, railroads, agri-
culture, internal improvements, and irrigation. Be-
sides this regular committee work he is a member of
the special joint committee on relief.
HON. SHERMAN SAUNDERS,
[HE republican senator
from the eighth district^
comprising the counties of
Cedar, Knox, Dakota, and
Thurston, enjoys the distinc-
tion of being the only member
of the senate who is a native
Nebraskan, having been born
at St. Helena, Cedar county,
August 23, 1864. He is, there-
fore, not only a born Nebraskan,
but was born in the district
which he represents. His early education was obtained
in the common schools of his county, and afterward he
graduated at the college at Yankton, S. D. During
the year 1888 and 1889 Mr. Saunders was deputy
county clerk of Cedar county. In 1890 he went to
Bloomfield, his present place of residence, as cashier of
the Farmers' and Merchants' State Bank, which posi-
tion he still holds. He has taken a high position as a
business man, and an enterprising, upright, and open
handed citizen, and his election to the state senate was
an expression of the general esteem and confidence with
which he is regarded in all matters. He is chairman
of the committee on banks and currency, and a mem
ber of the committees on labor, revenue, public lands
and buildings, and accounts and expenditures.
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H«>X. CHARLES H. SLOAN,
Q*HE Staunch republican
^; who represents the twen-
ty fourth senatorial district,
York and Fillmore counties,
was born May 2, 1863, in a log
cabin near Monticello, Jones
county, Iowa. His parents
were born in Ireland and came
to the United States in their
childhood. He was raised on
a farm, and although he ha 1 to
work for neighbors during the
summers to assist his parents and support himself, he
fitted himself by the time he was seventeen years of
age, to enter the freshman class of the Iowa State Ag-
ricultural College at Ames. Here he supported himself
by working nights and mornings, and finished the four
years' course in three years and a half. Upon gradua-
ting from Ames he came to Nebraska, and at the age
of twenty-one was principal of the Fairmont schools.
During the three years he was at the head of the
Fairmont schools he was studying law, and was ready
for admission to the bar when his school work was
done. In 1890 ^Ir. Sloan was elected county attorney
of his county on the republican ticket, and in 1892 was
re-elected. In 1889 he married Emma Porter, of Wood-
bine, Iowa, a graduate of the college from which he
graduated. They have three children, Ethel, Blaine,
Porter. Mr. Sloan is a member of the Delta Tau Delta
college fraternity, of the Knights of Pythias, the Mod-
ern Woodmen, the Masons, and the R. A. M. Besides
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 6l
being chairman of the committees on constitutional
amendments and federal relations, and privileges and
elections, he is a member of the committee on judi-
ciary public lands and buildings, agriculture, enrolled
and engrossed bills, education, as3/lum, industrial home,
etc., and labor. He was the author of Senate File No.
78. " The Anti-Oleomargarine bill/'
HON. RICHARD SMITH,
?HE subject of this sketch,
Richard Smith, better
known by his legion of friends
as " Dick," was born at Belle-
ville, Ontario, Canada, January
13, 1847. His father, a promi-
nent contractor of Belleville,
having met with financial re-
verses in the panic of 1857, ^^'
companied by a failure in
health, resulting in death, Dick
was, at the early age of ten
years, forced to assume the responsibilities of a bread-
winner for a family consisting of his mother and two
younger brothers, with no opportunity to acquire an
education. He was compelled to begin the battle of
life at an age when but few who have attained promi-
nence were called upon to make the fight, the reward
for which is that proud title, **a self-made man," a title
which, as a successful business man, belongs to Richard
Smith. After working in the saw mills of his native
town for several years, in 1863-4 he engaged as a sailor
on the lakes and driving team on the Erie canal in
New York state. When seventeen years old, having
impressed upon his mind the value of a trade, he be-
came a plasterer's apprentice. After having mastered
this trade, he became connected with building enter-
prises in Chicago, where he was engaged in building
until his removal to Omaha in 1886, where he at once
attained prominence as a brick manufacturer, builder,
and general contractor, the business in which he is at
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present engaged. Many of the public and private
buildings of Omaha were erected by him; among oth-
ers were the Lothrop and West Omaha public schools,
and the rebuilding of Douglas county hospital. In
1889 the Builders' and Traders' Exchange of Omaha
was organized, Mr. Smith being elected its first presi-
dent, and was re-elected three times since, his last term
having expired with the old year. At the meeting of
the National Brickmakers' Association, held at Indian-
apolis, in February, 1891, Mr. Smith was elected first
vice president of the association. In politics Mr. Smith
has always been a stalwart republican, and likewise he
has always taken an active part in politics, but has
never held an office until he was elected state senator
at the last election, and was chairman of committee
on labor, and a member of senate committees as fol-
lows: public lands and buildings, military affairs, mis-
cellaneous subjects, asylums etc., revenue, irrigation.
HON. JOHN C. SPRECHER,
REPRESENTS the twelfth
senatorial district, com-
prising Platte and Colfax
counties. Mr. Sprecher was
born in Ohio, March 9, 1864,
and moved with his parents to
Colfax county, Neb., in 1871,
since which time he has lived
there continually. The family
was amon^ the early settlers
and passed through the hard
times attendant upon the grass-
iiOpper visitations and other pioneer experiences, mak-
ing a sod house their abiding place for many years.
The son was educated in the country schools and took
a term at the Schuyler High School. At the age of
sixteen he began teaching and remained in school work
six years, holding a state certificate for most of that
time. In 1886 he established the Quill at Schuyler,
and is still the editor and publisher of that paper. In
1891, November nth, Mr. Sprecher was married to
Miss Etta Woods, and a son was born to them on April
!/» 1893- Although his district usually goes demo-
cratic by several hundred, and the populist vote is gen-
erally smaller than either that of the republicans or the
democrats, Mr. Sprecher in the campaign last fall de-
feated his republican opponent by 346 votes, and the
democratic candidate by 933 votes. Senator Sprecher
is a Mason, being a member of the Blue Lodge as well
as the chapter, and a pastmaster in the former. He is
a member of the committee on military affairs, mines
and minerals, and public printing.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 6$
HON. WILLIAM STUEFER,
WEST POINT, NEBRASKA,
fENATORfrom the seventh
district, was born January
12, 1847, at Watertown, Wis.
In 1863 he moved to West
Point, where he was county
clerk in 1878. This office he
held four years; he was also
chairman of the town board
for two years. He has been
mayor of West Point, member
of the school board for fifteen
years, and is at this time presi-
dent of it. Mr. Stuefer is president of the West Point
National Bank, and is one of the most enterprising
citizens, as well as a good republican. He is chairman
of the committee on accounts and expenditures, and is
a member of the committees on finance, ways and
means, enrolled and engrossed bills, banks and cur-
rency, railroads, public charities, revenue and standing
committees. Senator Stuefer was an industrious mem-
ber of the senate and on committee work.
HON. HEMAN G. STEWART,
iEMBER of the senate
from the fourteenth
district, was born on a farm in
Fond du Lac county, Wiscon-
sin, in September, 1854. His
father was one of the early
abolitionists. Mr. Stewart has
been long connected with the
farmers' alliance, and was for
years one of its first officers.
He assisted in the organization
of the populist party in the
state, and was sent to represent this party in the senate
in 1893. He was their unanimous choice again in 1895.
Mr. Stewart is a hard-working and successful farmer,
and an uncompromising opponent of the gold basis.
He is a member of the committees on irrigation, inter-
nal improvement, library, public charities, and mines
and minerals. He is a forcible speaker and a good
organizer, and one of the leaders of his party in the
HON. ORLANDO TEFFT,
Q||HERE are few figures more
^^ familiar in the senate, or
in Nebraska politics, than that
of Orlando Tefft, o£ Avoca,
Cass county, representative of
the fourth senatorial district.
Almost every year he is a dele-
gate to either the state or con-
gressional convention of his
party, and he has sat in the
senate three sessions previous
to this one, those of 1879, 1881,
and 1892. He has been prominently identified with
republican politics in Nebraska in many ways and was
looked upon as a strong candidate for lieutenant gov-
ernor previous to the last republican state convention,
but declined to permit his name to be used. Senator
Tefft was born at Elgin, 111., in 1843. ^^^ received an
excellent education, and came to Nebraska with his
parents in the territorial days. In 1867 he purchased
the 480 acres which still constitute his homestead, and
for a quarter of a century he has been looked upon as
one of Cass county's most successful and most repre-
sentativcL citizens. Being of a genial disposition and
of unimpeachable integrity his friends are numerous,
and his large majorities attest the fact that he receives
votes from members of all political parties. His work in
the senate is characterized by a close adherence to busi-
ness principles and methods, and a jealous devotion to
the welfare of the people. Senator Tefft was chairman
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of the committee on public lands and buildings, and a
member of the committee on judiciary, finance, ways
and means, highways, bridges and ferries, railroads,
university and normal schools, constitutional amend-
ments and federal relations, and rules. He was a
member also of the special relief committee.
^j^H^Bf ' -i
HON. JOHN C. WATSON,
NEBRASKA CITY, NEBRASKA,
^^ENATOR from the third
^P district, has been a mem-
ber of the Nebraska legislature
oftener than any other member
of the present session. He was
first elected to the house in
1887, and was also in the house
in 1889, 1 89 1, and 1893. In
1889 he was speaker of the
house, and as he is recognized
as without a superior in the
state as a parliamentarian, it is
hardly necessary to say he filled that position ad-
mirably. Mr. Watson was born in St. Louis, Septem-
ber 20, 1850. When a boy he went to Miami county,
Ohio. After graduating from the high school at the
age of sixteen, he went to Memphis, Tennessee, and
spent a short time in newspaper work on the Memphis
Daily Sun and other papers. He then entered Ann
Arbor, taking the classical course and graduating in
the year of his majority. He studied medicine a year,
then took up law, and graduated in 1873. He was ad-
mitted to the bar in Michigan and came west and
located at Nebraska City in the year of his graduation.
Two years later he was tendered the nomination for
the legislature but declined it. In 1878 he was elected
district attorney for Lancaster, Cass, Otoe, and Ne-
maha counties, and was re elected. He has also been
city attorney of Nebraska City and county attorney of
Otoe county. Mr. Watson was recommended by both
houses of the legislature and by all the judges of the dij-
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trict and supreme courts for assistant attorney general
of the United States. He was appointed by President
Harrison U. S. district attorney for Alaska but de-
clined. Mr. Watson is a republican of the stalwart
type, an organizer, an orator, and a fighter. He was
elected president of the senate upon the organization
of the present legislature. He is chairman of the com-
mittee on rules, and on military affairs and is a mem-
ber of the committees on judiciary, library, miscella-
neous corporations, university and normal schools,
constitutional amendments and federal relations, and
asylum and industrial home, etc. He has been judge
advocate general with the rank of major of the Ne-
braska National Guards since 1887 and professor of
criminal law in the State University for the past three
HON. JOHN B. WRIGHT,
f SENATOR from Lancaster,
I the twentieth district,
was born at Rochester, New
York, December lo, 1845 ^^
moved to Buffalo in 185 1 and
for ten years attended school
in that place. From there he
went to Monroe, Michigan,
where he continued to attend
school. In 1868 he went to
the frontier, in Montana, and
engaged in mining and oper-
ating a cattle ranch. In 1875 he came to Lincoln and
engaged in the grain and flax business, which he has
conducted continuously and with conspicuous success
up to the present time. Mr. Wright was married on
May 4, 1890, to Miss J. E. Robinson, of Chicago, Illi-
nois. Since taking up his residence in Lincoln, Mr.
Wright has taken an active part in the politics of the
city and county. He was a member of the city coun-
cil from 1876 to 1879, and was mayor in 1880 and 1881.
He was a member of the house of representatives from
this county in 1885 and took a step up last November
when he was elected to the senate. Mr. Wright is a
conservative and hard-headed business man of strong
convictions and great tenacity of purpose. Although
a strong partisan his patriotism and integrity have
never been questioned by his political opponents. He
is chairman of the committee on university and nor-
mal schools, and a member of the committees on fi-
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nance, ways and means, banks and currency, constitu-
tional amendments and federal relations, medical
legislation, asylum, industrial home, home for the
friendless and institute for the feeble minded, immi-
gration and revenues.
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HON. JAMES ALLAN,
^|F the Douglas county dele-
)^ gation, representing the
tenth district, was born June 8,
1854, at Kilwinning, Ayrshire,
Scotland. His parents were
poor, living on a rented farm.
At the age of five he entered
the public school, and contin-
ued to attend them until four-
teen years old, when he re-
moved with his parents to the
United States. They located
at Prairie City, McDonough county, 111., where they
remained two years. They then removed to Cuming
county, this state, and settled on a farm three miles
from West Point. Mr. Allan was engaged in farming
and stock raising for ten years. He was school di-
rector of school district No. 15 for six years, and was
assessor of West Point for four successive terms. On
January 19, 1881, he married Miss Josie B. Parker, fourth
daughter of James M. Parker, of Kennard, Washington,
county. Neb. In 1882 he removed to Omaha. He
was time-keeper for the waterworks for six months,
and foreman for the street commissioner for two years.
In 1885 he was clerk of the committee on claims in
the house. He held the position of sidewalk inspector
of the city of Omaha for five years. In 1890 he was
appointed special agent by the U. S. Government to
collect statistics of manufactures, and filled the posi-
tion with credit for the one year allowed by law for
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the work. During 1892, 1893, and a part of 1894 he
was foreman for the street commissioner of Omaha.
He was elected to the twenty- fourth session of the leg-
islature by the largest vote on the ticket. Mr. Allan
is a member of the committees on railroads, manufac-
turing, and commerce, labor and benevolent institu-
tions, and printing.
HON. WILLIAM ASHBY,
^F the forty-second district,
^Ji was born April 15, 1867.
at Champaign, 111. He was
educated at the high school of
that place and the university
of Illinois. In 1884 he came
to Nebraska with his parents,
with whom he has been en-
gaged in farming ever since, in
Spring Ranche township. Clay
county, near Fairfield. During
this time he has also taught
school several terms. He was elected to the legislature
of 1894 as a Republican. Mr. Ashby is a member of
the committees on accounts and expenditures, school
lands and funds, and chairman of committees on
live stock and grazing, penitentiary and special peni-
tentiary committee. He is a genial gentleman, and
has made many friends during the winter's session.
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HON. FRANK BACON,
EMBER of the house
from the fifty-ninth
representative district, was
born in Winnebago county. 111.,
in 1853. He became a citizen
of Nebraska in 1884, when he
moved to Dawson county and
engaged in the business of
raising cattle, in which he has
been signally successful. Mr.
Bacon is a married man. He
~^ is a republican from deep-
seated conviction and is recognized not only as one of
the substantial pillars of his party in his district but
also as a leading business man and citizen. That he has
had no small hand in shaping the legislation of the
present session may be inferred from the list of com-
mittees of which he is a member. Besides being on the
special relief committee he holds the chairmanship
of the committee on internal improvements, and is a
member of the judiciary committee, the committee on
constitutional amendments, the committee on irriga-
tion, the committee on banks and currency, the com-
mittee on railroads, and the committee on telegraph'
telephone, and electric lights. Representative Bacon
is rather quiet in his manner, speaking not frequently
but always to the point, like a conservative, clear-
headed business man.
Biographical sketches. 79
HON. PATRICK H. BARRY,
GREELEY CENTER, NEBRASKA,
e®S the representative of the
^^ forty-ninth district, and
is an old soldier who has earned
the right to all that title of dis-
tinction implies. On Septem-
ber 6, 1861, he enlisted in
company E, Sixty-third New
York volunteer infantry, com-
manded by Capt. James Pen-
dergast. This regiment was
L the third regiment of General
Thomas Francis Meagher's
Irish brigade. While i this regiment Mr. Barry par-
ticipated in the following engagements: the siege of
Yorktown, battle of Fair Oaks, Gaines' Mill, Savage
Station, White Oak Swamp, Cold Harbor, Malvern
Hill, Second Bull Run, South Mountain, and Antietam.
In the last of these battles he was wounded in the right
ankle and discharged from service by surgeon's certifi-
cate of disability, in March, 1863. In June, 1863, Lee
invaded Maryland, and Mr. Barry again volunteered,
enlisting in company A, Twelfth Massachusetts Infan-
try, and added the following to the battles in which he
fought during the war: Mine Run, the Wilderness^
Laurel Hill, Spottsylvania court house, Bethesda
church. North Anna river. Cold Harbor, Petersburg on
the i6th, 17th, i8th,and 19th days of June, 1864. He lost
his right arm on the 7th day of July, 1864, and was dis-
charged from the service October 28, 1864. Mr. Barry
was born in Currigoline, County Cork, Ireland, August
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25, 1844. He came with his parents to the United
States in May, 1849, ^^^ settled in Boston, where he
was educated in the public schools. In 1856 his father
died, leaving him to care for a mother, brother, and
sister, which he did until the breaking out of the Re-
bellion. When he returned to civil life after losing his
arm in 1864, he was an ardent greenbacker and a mem-
ber of the executive committee of that party in Massa-
chusetts. In 1880 he moved to Greeley county, where
he has lived ever since and where, with his five sons, he
owns and farms a section of land. Mr. Barry is vice
president of the state board of agriculture. In 1890 he
signed the call for the formation of the peoples' inde-
pendent party. He was elected a member of the
twenty-third session of the legislature where he served
with much credit, being made by his party one of the
members of the board of impeachment, and was elected
chairman of that board. Mr. Barry is a good parlia-
metarian, quick in debate, and a hard fighter.
HON. HENRY S. BECK,
^|F the nineteenth district,
\^^ was born at Lancaster,
Ohio, April 12, 1837. He is
of German descent, and re-
ceived his education in the
public schools of the Buckeye
state. When the war broke
out he enlisted in the Ohio in-
fantry, serving under General
Pope. He was in active ser-
vice during the Rebellion, was
early made captain of his com-
pany, and marched with Sherman to the sea. After
the war he came to Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1880, and
engaged in mercantile pursuits. In 1882 he com-
menced banking at Pierce, where he is now president of
the First National Bank. Mr. Beck is a strong repub-
lican, and was elected to represent Pierce and Cedar
counties by a plurality of 355 votes. Mr. Beck is an
energetic, popular business man. He is a member of
the committee on internal improvements, constitu-
tional amendments, privileges and elections, library,
school lands and funds, and claims — six of the impor-
tant committees of the house.
HON. GUSTAVUS G. BECHER,
district number twenty-
four, consisting of Platte
county, was born in Pilsen, Bo-
hemia, August II, 1844. Five
years later the family came to
America and located in St.
Louis. The mother died soon
after, and the son was taken to
St. Joseph's Sister's Convent,
where he stayed four years.
In 1856 he entered Christian
Brothers' Academy in St. Louis and studied there two
and a half years. In 1858 he came to Nebraska and
the next year went to work for Hurford & Brother,
hardware merchants in Omaha. He continued with
them until 1867 when he went out with Major North's
Pawnee scouts, serving with them three years as lieu-
tenant and captain. His father died in Columbus in
1865, being at the time of his death republican nominee
for county treasurer. In 1869 Mr. Becher was married
to LeAnna Bradford. They have had three children.
In 1870 Mr. Becher began business as insurance agent
at Columbus, and in 1876 added the real estate and
loan business. This business he is still engaged in as
the senior member of the firm of Becher, Jaeggi & Co.
This firm is doing an extensive loan business having
loaned over two millions on farm mortgages. He has
been assessor and councilman in Columbus, and in 1887
was elected county treasurer of Platte county and held
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the office for two terms, although the county is a dem-
ocratic one. He is one of the best known Masons in
the state, having taken all the degrees. Mr. Becher is
chairman of the committee on claims, and is a member
of the committees on judiciary, county boundaries,
county seats, and township organizations, university
and normal schools, manufacturing and commerce,
and telegraph, telephone, and electric light, and
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HON. E. R. BEE,
S^HE republican member.
^/ from the sixty-fourth dis-
trict, was born at West Union,
Doddridge county, W. Va.^
Sept. 3, 1854. He received a
common school education, and
began teaching and farming
while still quite a young man, in
Roune county, W. Va In 1882
" ^he moved to Arapahoe, Ne-
braska, and shortly afterward
-^located on government land in
Union precinct, made proof on the same, and then
moved to Cambridge, where he still resides. Here he
was employed by the Frees and Hocknell Lumber Co. ^
remaining with them for five years. He was appointed
postmaster by President Harrison, and served for four
years. In 1893 he went into the lumber business with
A. V. Perry, at Arapahoe, Cambridge, and Holbrook.
He was elected to the house after a close contest, and
overcame a large majority in the county. Mr. Bee is a
a married man and has two children, a boy and a girl.
He is a good speaker and a hard worker. His sympa-
thies are strongly with the agricultural and working
classes, and his course on all questions is dictated
rather by his own judgment than by strict party con-
siderations or the leadership of others. Mr. Bee is the
chairman of the committee on accounts and expendi-
tures, and is a member of the committees on corpora-
tions, school lands and funds, claims, and irrigation.
Besides these standing committees, he is a member of
the special relief committee.
HON. EMERSON BENEDICT,
^|NE of the members of the
10| tenth district, was born
on a stock farm near Princeton,
111., September 22, 1853. He
attended district school when
small, and afterwards the
Princeton High School. When
twenty-one years old he went
to Chicago and engaged in the
wholesale grocery business on
River street. This business he
sold out in 1878, to go " on the
road" for a Boston shoe house, in which pursuit he
remained until 1885. Mr. Benedict came to Omaha
in 1886, and became interested in the Western Pottery
Company, of which he was made president. In 1890 he
sold this business to the Nebraska Paving Brick Com-
pany. Since 1887 he has been a contractor for Paving
and Public.Works, besides filling the position of general
manager of the Omaha Portland Cement Pipe Company
in which he is also a stockholder. He married Miss
Ida Chamblin, of Mason City, III., in 1882. Mr. Bene-
dict has always been a republican, and an active worker
in politics, though this is the first time he has held
office. He is a genial companion and is very popular
with his fellow members in the house. Mr. Benedict
is a member of the committees on militia, public print-
ing, apportionment, and labor and corporations.
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HON. JAMES J. BERNARD,
>^NE of the two representa-
4^. tives from the second
district, was born on Prince
Edward Island, October 3, 1852.
In 1870 he moved to Black
Hawk, Col , and was engaged
in mining until 1878, when he
began blacksmithing in Lead-
ville. At the close of the boom
period of Leadville, in 1884, h^
moved to Pawnee county and
settled on a farm of 480 acres,
r.ear Lewiston, where he still resides, engaged in farm-
ing and feeding cattle. In 1882 Mr. Bernard was mar-
ried to Miss Mattie Morrison, at Monroe, la. Mr.
Bernard's services in the legislature are those of a
practical kind such as would be expected from a level-
headed and conservative business man, and he is one
of the reliable working forces of the republican major-
ity. He is a member of the committees on constitu-
tional amendments, public schools, miscellaneous
subjects, labor, apportionment, and insurance.
HON. JOHN BRADY,
t^HE republican member
? trom the fifty-eighth dis-
1 ^d^^ ik i trict, Buffalo county, is one of
^^^^^ If the most active members of the
^^H^^L^l twenty-fourth session. Besides
W ^HBfl^ being a member of the special
■ ^^^^P^^^^^^ relief committee, he is chair-
E^^^^H^^^^^^^ man the penitentiary com-
^^^p^^^^^^^^~^ mittee, and a member of the
^^H .^^^^^^^ public lands
^^^^.J^S^B^^ ^ii<i buildings, finance, ways
^^^^™^^^^^^" and means, and accounts and
expenditures. Mr. Brady was born on a farm in Co-
lumbia county, Wisconsin, in 185 1, and is, therefore,
forty-three years old. He spent his boyhood working
on the farm and attending public school and the state
university. After leaving the university he turned his
attention to educational work, and served several years
as principal of high schools and was county superin-
tendent of schools in Fillmore county, Minnesota, ten
years. He came to Buffalo county, Nebraska, in 1886,
locating in the city of Kearney, where he has lived
ever since. He is now engaged in farming and stock
raising, being one of the most extensive land owners
in Buffalo county. Mr. Brady has always been a con-
sistent republican, although of rather independent
habits of thought, doubtless due to the fact that he is
a close student of the living questions of the day. He
is of an optimistic, social disposition, and has a wide
acquaintance and many friends among the members of
HON. JOHN M. BROCKMAN,
•:^ROM the first representa-
^J tive district, was born in
Morgan county. 111., August
20, 184L His parents, Samuel
Brockman and Sarah Smedley,
were from Kentucky and were
both from long lived families,
his grandfather Smedley hav-
ing lived to be almost one
hundred and eleven years old,
while both grandmothers lived
to about ninety years of age.
Mr. Brockman was educated in the common schools,
supporting himself in the meantime by teaching. In
1861 he moved to Brownville, this state, and enlisted
in the first battalion Nebraska cavalry, afterward
merged into the fifth Iowa cavalry. He served over
three years, about one year of the service being as
scout for General Crook and General George H.
Thomas. In 1867, Mr. Brockman was married to Miss
Minerva A. Mitchell, in Cass county. 111., and returned
to Richardson county this state. Most of the time
since then he has lived on his farm in that county.
He served one term of three years as County Commis-
sioner of that county and was elected to the twenty-
third session of the legislature and re-elected to the
present session. He has always been a true blue re-
publican and led the ticket by a good majority each
year. Mr. Brockman has two children, Ida and Ross
Wallace, born in Nebraska. He was elected to the po-
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 9I
sition of president of the Old Settlers' Association of
Southeastern Nebraska, which he has held contin-
uously since its organization ten years ago. Besides a
2- reputation as a fair opponent and a sound thinker Mr.
i: Brockman is known as the best natured man on the
st floor of the house. His committees are the university
committee, of which he is chairman, and the commit-
tee on agriculture, militia, constitutional amendments,
t and school lands and funds.
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HON. \VM. A. BROKAW,
>AS a democrat until 1890;
then believing that the
principles of the independent
party was the right one, he has
^K^ ^^ ever since strongly advocated
^ ^^BV\, them. He was born in Fulton
^^^^^^^m^^^ county, 111., near Fail view, June
^^^^^^^r^^^m% i^t 1842, and was raised a
^^^^^k^L^^^M R farmer, and in 1869 took a
^^^^^^^^^^ f homestead in Seward county.
Neb., about one mile of the
village of Ruby, where he now
resides. Was married October 14, 1863, to Miss Jane
A. Hagcman, at Lewiston, 111. Has been elected to
the offices as assessor, town treasurer, and two terms
as county supervisor, received the nomination for the
legislature in 1894 by the democrats unknown to him-
self, but afterwards nominated for same position by
acclamation by the independents in convention, and
was elected and served on the following committees in
the house, viz.: privileges and elections, labor. Mr.
Brokaw is a quiet gentleman, and is well respected by
his neighbors, and is not anxious for notoriety.
HON. RAINSFORD C. BROWNELL,
MORSE BLUFF, NEBRASKA,
the twenty-seventh dis-
trict, is past the thirty-fourth
year of his age, his birth hav-
ing occurred in the year i860
— January 12th— so that ere we
go press he will celebrate his
thirty-fifth birthday. He is a
. native of New Brunswick, N. S.,
I and came from there with his
i parents to Saunders county,
Neb., April 22, 1872. He has
made his home in Saunders county ever since. Mr.
Brownell is one of Nebraska's representative, energetic,
thorough-going farmers and stock raisers. He is espe-
cially interested in standard-bred horses, and is at the
present possessed of a number of fine young animals
that promise well. Mr. Brownell is unmarried and
lives with his widowed mother, seemingly taking great
pride in making her declining years pleasant for her.
His home is near Morse Bluff, in Saunders county,
and is recognized as a hospitable shelter for all who
pass that way. He has a large, well improved farm, in
the conduct of which he takes great pride, and is very
successful. In politics Mr. Brownell is and always has
been a stanch republican. He has never been known
as an office seeker, and has never before held any
elective office; his election this time by an overwhelm-
ing majority in a populist stronghold denotes to some
extent the esteem in which he is held by his fellow-
citizens. Mr. Brownell is a member of the Modern
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Woodmen of America, having held responsible posi-
tions in the society since its organization. He was
appointed by the speaker on the following standing
committees of the house: apportionment, county
boundaries, county seats, and township organizations,
library, and public printing.
HON. J. C. BURCH,
tS one of the representatives
from Gage county, the
thirty-second district. He was
born in Niagara county, New
^ York, October ii, 1852, and
moved with his parents to Fay-
^^^^ A I ette county, la., in 1855. His
^^^^^^^&^^^P^ta^ early life was spent on a farm
^^^^^^^K H ^^^^ ^^^ town of Fayette,
^^^^^^^^^ in where he attended the public
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ schools, and afterwards entered
^^^^^^^^^'^^^™" the upper Iowa university, from
which institution he graduated with the class of 1874.
He immediately commenced a journalistic career, and,
with the exception of a few years he was engaged in
teaching, his time was devoted to country newspaper
work until about the year i 882. Very few men have
been more successful, especially from a business point
of view, as editors and managers of a country news-
paper. In 1882 Mr. Burch located at Wymore, Neb.,
and engaged in the banking business, where he has re-
mained ever since. Though taking an active part in
all public matters he has not been considered one of
the politicians of his county nor in any sense an aspir-
ant for office. He served his town as a member of the
board of supervisors in Gage county for four years,
during which time he was one of the members of the
building committee which had charge of the construc-
tion of the ne-w court house. In politics he has always
been a republican, and it may be said to his credit
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that, though a banker in an agricultural county, he was
nominated by the almost unanimous support of the
farmers who were delegates, to the convention, and at
the polls received the largest vote of any candidate on
the ticket. He was a prominent candidate for speaker
of the house and has been an active member, being a
thorough business man, a good speaker, and an indus-
trious worker. He is chairman of the committee on
fees and salaries, and a member of the committee on
accounts and expenditures, county boundaries, county
seats and township organization, and banks and cur-
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 97
HON. DAVID W. BURKE,
BP^j^AS born in Perth, La-
^J|^^ nark county, Canada,
September 15, 1839, was raised
on a farm, receiving a country
school education. In 1865
came to the United States and
worked in the oil regions of
Pennsylvania. In 1867 came
west and was an employee of
the Union Pacific railroad as
bridge builder. In the spring
of 1869 he went to Cuming
.cunty, Nebraska, and located on a homestead, north-
west quarter, section 3, township 23, range 6 east. He
remained there during the summer breaking prairie.
The following winter, as foreman of a bridge gang, he
was employed on the M. P., Ft. Scott and Gulf railroad,
then returned to his homestead and was married to
Miss Isabella Gilmour, also of Canada, His wife died
October 15, 1882, leaving him with four small children,
all of whom are living. He taught the first school in
what is known now as Logan township in his own
house, during the winter of 1870-1. In 1887 ^^is
elected supervisor from Logan township, and chosen
chairman of the first board of supervisors of the county
in January, 1888, and afterwards served on the board as
a member of the road and bridge committee. In the
spring of 1894 he leased his farm and moved to Ban-
croft, Nebraska, where he now resides; was elected to
the house of representatives the same year from the
fifteenth district. Mr. Burke is a modest gentleman,
and made a good record in the standing and special
ccmmittees of which he was a member.
HON. EDWARD C. BURNS,
@f HE republican representa-
^'f tive from the fourteenth
district, was born in Ontario
county, N. Y., November 13,
1838. His father moved to
Kalamazoo, Michigan, soon
after, where the family lived
until the subject of this sketch
was ten years old, when Cold-
water became their home.
The father died in 1850, and
the family moved to Fremont,
Ind., where Edward learned the blacksmith's trade, and
worked at it until the war broke out. He enlisted with
Michigan troops at Adrian and served through the
four hard years following. He was in Virginia in en-
gagements at Fairfax Station, Bull Run, and was on
the Peninsula, at Yorktown, Hanover Court House,
Gaine's Hill, Savage Station, at Gettysburg, and
in the November after was taken prisoner at
Mine Run, Va., and kept at Libby four months, when
he was sent to Andersonville, where he was held until
November 20th, when he was paroled and mustered
out of service at the end of the war. In 1869 Mr.
Burns came to Cuming township. Dodge county, Ne-
braska, and farmed until 1888, when he moved into
Scribner to secure better educational advantages for
his children. He was postmaster at Scribner under
Harrison, and was six years a member of the board of
commissioners of Dodge county, and served faithfully
in both capacities. He is a popular man in his locality,
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and has the esteem of all parties. Mr. Burns is chair-
man of the committee on manufacturing and commerce,
and is a member of the committees on public lands
and buildings, county boundaries, county seats, and
township organization, and cities and towns.
HON. JOSEPH BURNS,
^IM'j^AS born in the County
.^ytpj Roscommon, Ireland,
on the 1 2th day of March, 1848,
the fourth child of a family of
nine children. He emigrated
with his father to this country
when he was twelve years old
and located at Hartford, Conn.,
where he went to work- on a
farm at $3 a month and board.
At thirteen years he could
neither read nor write. At this
time he realized his ignorance as compared with other
boys of his age. He made up his mind at once he
would spend his evenings in trying to learn to read and
write. The farmers' children about his age volunteered
to assist him; he spent not only his evenings, but long
into the night, masteringhis self-imposed lessons. From
the farm he went into trading for himself in a small
way, and was picked up by a merchant of Meriden,
Conn., where his industry and intelligence made him
many friends amongst the best people of the city. He
stayed there until he was married in 1869. Believing
the opportunities were greater in the West he moved
with his wife to Monticello, la., without any other
capital than a pair of willing hands and a determination
to succeed. The first two years was the usual fate of
eastern men without money — hard work and scant liv-
ing — but he never gave up. Seeing the difficulty with
which water was obtained, he invented and patented
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what was then known as the Champion well auger, or
what is better known in Nebraska as the section well
auger. This immediately placed him on his feet, so to
speak. As there was a great demand for the machines
at that time, through unfortunate speculations of his
partner, Mr. Burns, when he thought he was rich, found
himself broke and again without a dollar and gi,ooo in
debt, without money to pay it, his money and credit
gone. He went to work by the day and saved enough
to pay his debts and ten per cent interest, thus meeting
his obligations. He lived in Keokuk and Fort Madison,
la., came to Lincoln in February, 1883, and engaged in
the well and windmill business at which he was suc-
cessful, and later conceived the plan of turning the old
salt basin, one mile west of the city, into a lake. As
in everything else, he went into this to make it a suc-
cess. Not having sufficient capital to construct what
he wanted, he formed a company comprising Mr. Ed.
Bignell, B. R. Cowdery, John Steen, and himself.
They planned and created what is now known all over
the west as the beautiful summer resort, Burlington
Beach. Mr. Burns served two years in city council,
and this is his second term in legislature.
HON. JOHN B. CAIN,
^^v>AS born in Morgan
.^LiviJ county, Ohio. His
father moved with his family
to Appanoose county, Iowa,
when the subject of this sketch
was ten years old. The lad's
father lost his sight soon after-
wards, and the boy was early
obliged to assume heavy re-
sponsibilities. They moved to
Nebraska in 1872 and settled
on a homestead in Hamilton
county. Mr. Cain'seducation was obtained by hard
study at night, with some opportunities at the district
school. He joined the republican party, and has taken
active part in its campaigns. The forty-first district
sent him to the legislature in 1892, and he was re-
elected in 1894 by an increased vote of his constituents.
He was married in 1878 to Miss Mary Evans. Mr. Cain
is a director in the Aurora State Bank. He is chair-
man of the committee on miscellaneous subjects, and
he is a member of the committees on railroads and
penitentiary. He is an earnest and conscientious ser-
vant of his constituents, a quiet but effective worker,
and devoted to the interest of the people of Nebraska.
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HON. ROBERT W. CAMPBELL,
GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA,
^1/^HO represents the people
^Ubj;^ of the fortieth repre-
sentative district, was born at
Fairfield, Iowa, April 7, i860.
His youth was spent in the
place of his birth, where he
was educated in the public
schools and completed his ed-
ucation at Parson's College.
In 1881 Mr. Campbell moved
to Nebraska and engaged in
stock business. In the follow-
ing year he purchased a ranch in the western part of
Merrick county, where he resides. Mr. Campbell is a
man who is thoroughly acquainted with the details of
his occupation, besides being a good, clear-headed, all-
round business man, and it is hardly necessary to say
that he has made stock raising a success from the be-
ginning. Although a stanch republican, he has been
twice chosen supervisor from Vieregg township, the
only democratic township in Merrick county. Mr.
Campbell is a good worker on the floor, and a gentle-
man of cordial and social characteristics which make
him many warm friends among his associates. Al-
though a resident of Merrick county his postoffice is
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HON. OSCAR CARLSON.
the sixtieth district, was
born in Sweden in 1850. He
came to America when twenty-
one years of age and lived on
a farm in Henderson county,
111., for eight years. In 1879
he came to Nebraska and
bought a quarter section of
land two miles east of Axtell,
where he now lives. Mr. Carl-
son has developed his farm
into a fine property, and is a popular man in his com-
munity. He is a married man with six children. He
is a devout member of the Lutheran church, and is a
good, straight republican. He is a member of the fol-
lowing committees: privileges and election, insane hos-
pital, banks and currency, immigration, and miscella-
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HON. C. D. CASPER,
DAVID CITY, NEBRASKA,
^f^ of Butler county, the
twenty-eighth district, is serv-
ing his fourth term in the legis-
lature of Nebraska. His first
election was as a member of the
eighteenth session. He was
promoted to the senate, repre-
ing Butler and Polk counties
in the nineteenth session, and
was again elected to the house
of representatives two years
ago, and re-elected last fall. Mr. Casper was born near
Red Lion, Newcastle county, Delaware, December lo,
1845. ^^ was raised on a farm and educated in the
country schools. He enlisted on November 2, 1862,
at Wilmington, as bugler of Co. B, First Delaware Cav-
alry, and served in that capacity for two years and
eight months. He also served three years in Co. I,
Twenty-second U. S. Infantry after the war, at Forts
Randall, Rice, and Sulley, having enlisted at Zanes-
ville, O., July 12, 1866. In 1873 he moved to David
City, Butler county, Nebraska, and established the Biit-
lev County Press, which he has published ever since.
Mr. Casper has always been a strong anti-monopo-
list and advocate of economy, and was elected to the
present legislature by a fusion of the democrats and
populists. His work in the legislature is characterized
by industry, stubborn adherence to his constituents,
and devotion to the interests of the common people.
He is a member of the committees on constitutional
amendments, public printing,and school lands and funds.
HON. CHARLES H. CHACE,
|epresents the seventeenth
district, consisting of
Wayne and Stanton counties.
He was born in Ohio, Febru-
rary 20, 1855, of parents who
came from the old Puritan
stock of Massachusetts. When
six years old he went with his
parents to Buchanan county,
Iowa. In 1869 he again found
a new home in Barton county,
Missouri, and in 1884, he came
to Nebraska, locating on a farm on the Humbug in
Stanton county, where he engaged in farming and feed-
ing cattle on a large scale. He has also bought and
sold a great deal of land and is considered one of the
most successful farmers in Stanton county. Two years
ago he moved to the town of Stanton, to secure better
educational advantages for his family. Mr. Chase has
never been a politician, but has always taken a lively
interest in educational matters, and is an ardent repub-
lican. He has always taken a great interest in all
matters pertaining to agriculture, and has held the of-
fice of president of the Stanton county agricultural so-
ciety for the last two years. Four years ago the re-
publicans of his county tendered him the legislature
nomination but he declined it. Mr. Chase is a good
judge of the probable effect of legislation on the in-
terest he represents and is a careful, conservative, and
hard working member. He is chairman of the com-
mittee on roads and bridges, and belongs to the com-
mittees on agriculture, accounts and expenditures, live
stock and grazing, and apportionment.
HON. W. O. CHAPMAN,
NT/ district No. ^i, consist-
ing of Saline county, is one of
the new members whose names
were prominently mentioned
for the speakership. He had
the strong endorsement of the
newspaper men of the state,
among whom he is one of the
most active and popular. Mr.
I Chapman was born in Indian-
apolis, Indiana, October 8,
1863, and began his newspaper training early as a
newsboy in that city from 1873 to 1876. In June, 1876,
he moved to Illinois, and in October, 1877, he entered
a printing office to learn the trade, and has since been
engaged in that business. For ten years he has been
in active newspaper work and is one of the editors and
publishers of the Crete Vidette, a republican paper
which exerts a large influence on republican politics in
Saline and in Southern Nebraska. He is well posted
on all matters of public interest, is an alert and watch-
ful member of the house, speaks readily, and has de-
cided opinions of his own. Mr. Chapman belongs to
the committees on privileges and elections, library,
revenue, and taxation and rules. He was married to
Miss Eva Reese at Broken Bow, Nebraska, January
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HON. JOHN W.COLE,
|Vd^/^HO represents the sixty-
\ll-''K seventh district, con-
sisting of Hitchcock, Dundy,
Hayes, and Chase counties,
was born in Vermillion county,
Indiana, in 1848. He was
raised on a farm, and received
his education in the common
schools of his state. At the
age of twenty-one he entered
the grain and contracting office
of Chandler & Co , of Dan-
ville, Illinois, as weighmaster and shipper, where he
remained until 1872, when he took up the study of law.
He was admitted to the bar in 1875. In 1888 Mr. Cole
came to Nebraska and located at Culbertson, which
has been his home ever since. He has been engaged
in the practice of law ever since moving to Nebraska,
taking a hand now and then in politics as a stalwart
republican. In 1870 he was married to Miss Sarah E.
Voss, at State Line City, Indiana. Mr. Cole is a good
lawyer, well informed as to the needs of the West, and
a ready speaker. He is chairman of the committee on
immigration, and a member of the committees on ju-
diciary, engrossed and enrolled bills, railroads, public
printing, miscellaneous subjects, and irrigation.
HON. J. B. CONAWAY,
^|NE of the two republican
^M representatives from York
county, the thirty-eighth dis-
trict, was born September 17,
1840. His parents, Aaron and
Dorcas Conaway, are of Scotch-
Irish descent and are still liv-
ing. Dr. Conaway was raised
on a farm near Lacysville, O.,
and there received a common
school education. After the
close of the Rebellion he had a
thorough training at Hopedale College, which, ten
years later, conferred upon him the honorary degree
of A.M. He was a member of the 5th Ind. Batt. O.
V. C, and helped recruit the 13th Regiment O. V. C.
His promotions were for meritorious service from the
battle of the Wilderness to Five Forks, Va. He grad-
uated in medicine and surgery from the eclectic
Medical Institute in Cincinnati, O., and also from
Rush Medical College, Chicago, 111. Dr. Conaway is
a gentleman of social disposition and pleasant man-
ners, a ready speaker, and an earnest servant of his con-
stituency. He is chairman of the house special relief
committee and of the standing committee on engrossed
and enrolled bills. He is also member of the commit-
tees on railroads, insane hospitals, university and nor-
mal schools, and medical societies.
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HON. ALFRED S. COOLEY,
^AS born in Johnson,
tf^UiAi'J Trumbull county, Ohio,
in 1846; at the age of eleven
years went to Lafayette county,
Wis., worked on a farm, at-
tended school during winter at
the district schools. Was
married to Miss Rosalia M.
Smith, in 1870. - Moved to
Ringold, Iowa, where he bought
a farm of 120 acres, and on ac-
count of sickness he remained
there only seven months, and in November, 1872, he
disposed of his farm and came to Nebraska and bought
a farm in Cass county, where he now resides, consisting
of 160 acres nicely improved. Has held the positions
of school director, road supervisor, appraiser on the
C, R. L & P. R. R.; is a prominent member of the
Knights of Pythias and Modern Woodmen of America;
was elected to the legislature from Cass county, for
the years of 1892-3; was re-elected for the years of 1895
-6 with largely increased majorities; has been a strong
advocate of the republican party, and is a zealous worker
for its principles; attends nearly all state and county
conventions of his party, and is untiring in his efforts
for his friends. His first vote was cast for U. S. Grant,
for president of the United States in 1868, and he has
voted the ticket straight ever since although his father
was a rockribbed democrat.
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HON. JAMES O. CRAMB,
the thirty-fourth district,
is serving his second term in
the Nebraska legislature, hav-
ing sat as a member of the
twenty-second session, elected
by the same constituency
which he is now representing.
Mr. Cramb was born in Par-
sonsfield, York county, Maine,
September 9, 1833. His father
died before he was one year
old. His mother, left without means, did what she
could in giving him the elements of an English educa-
tion, and at ten years of age he went to live with a
cousin for two years, going to school two months in
the winter. At the age of sixteen he learned the shoe-
maker's trade and worked at it for four years, going to
school about six months during that time. At the age
of twenty-one he came west to Illinois. After work-
ing on a farm for two years he resolved to become a
minister, having joined the M. E. church in 1857.
He accordingly entered Fowler Institute, at Newark,
Illinois, and after studying a year there attended
the Garrett Biblical Institute, at Evanston, Illinois,
for three years. After graduation, he commenced
his work, preaching continuously in northern Illi-
nois until 1880, when he came to Fairbury, Ne-
braska, and has followed the occupation of farming
ever since. In 1890 he was nominated for speaker of
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the house by the republicans, but the party being in
the minority he failed of election. Mr. Cramb has
been a republican ever since the birth of the party.
He voted for John C. Fremont in 1856, and has sup-
ported every republican candidate for president from
that time to the present. He was personally acquainted
with Abraham Lincoln before his nomination to the
presidency and knew Owen Lovejoy, General Grant,
and a host of other prominent men of war times.
HON. JOSEPH CROW,
^|NE of the representatives
!^ from Omaha, was born at
Greencastle, Indiana, April 21,
1856, and received his educa-
tion in his native town, gradu-
^^ ^ ating there from DePauw Uni-
^» Jkly versity in June, 1876. He took
A. i ^ the degree of bachelor of sci-
^^^^^^L^^^fc^ . ence. At the age of twenty-
^^^^^^V^^^^hJ one years he was admitted to
^^^^^^^^^^^|l the bar, and immediately be-
^^^^^BB^^^^BB gan the practice of law. In
1 88 1 he was elected city attorney of Greencastle, was
twice re-elected, and finally resigned in 1886, to leave
the city. He moved to Cheyenne county, Kansas,
assisting in the organization of the county, and was
elected county attorney there in May, 1886, to which
position he refused re-election. In October, 1886, Mr.
Crow married Miss Helen Jennings, the daughter of
L. H. Jennings, Esq., of New Castle, Ind., one of the
leading manufacturers and business men of eastern
Indiana. He moved to Omaha, in 1889, where he has
continued the practice of law to the present time.
Mr. Crow is a republican, and was appointed chairman
of the committee on finance, ways and means. He
also belongs to the committees on judiciary and fed-
eral relations. He is a courteous gentleman, a con-
servative and conscientious legislator, and has estab-
lished pleasant personal relations with his fellow
members in the house.
HON. JOHN A. DAVIES,
Cass county, served his
maiden term as legislator two
years ago and attained much
prominence by his eloquent
and scathing arraignment of
the boodle methods that had
prevailed for so many years in
the management of the state
institutions. He was one of
the leaders in that house and
is bound to be a prominent
member of the coming session. He received a college
education in the Cornell College, at Mt. Vernon, Iowa,
class of 1883, and graduated from the law department
of the Iowa State University, class of 1885. Born No-
vember 3, 1858, at Glenwood, Iowa, came to Platts-
mouth, Nebraska, in 1885, and at present is city attor-
ney of that city. His abilities as a law maker are
universally recognized, and is serving the seventh leg-
islative district a second time in the house of repre-
sentatives of Nebraska. Unmarried.
HON. M. C. DELANEY,
^^^NE of the two representa-
^^' tives from Butler county,
the twenty-eighth district, was
born in 1843 i^ Washington
county, New York. His par-
ents moved thence to Wauke-
sha county, Wisconsin, where
he worked on the farm and at-
tended the district school and
the high school at Horricon,
Wisconsin. He began teaching
school at an early age, and
continued in that profession until the spring of 1870,
when he moved to Jasper county, Iowa. He taught in
Iowa for the next two years, and in 1872 was married
to Miss Catherine Hanna. After spending the winter
in Wisconsin he returned to Iowa and sowed and har-
vested a crop in Jasper county. The next year he
taught school in Des Moines, and then, renting a large
farm near Des Moines, taught in the winter and worked
on the farm in the summer. In 1879 he- moved to
Butler county, upon a farm he had bought in 1872, and
has lived there since. In 1881 he was elected county
superintendent of public instruction on the democratic
ticket, although the republicans were in the majority
in the county. He was re-elected in 1883. In 1886 he
declined a nomination to the legislature. In 1888 his
party again nominated him, and he was elected. In
1890 he was again nominated and was defeated by a
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fusion of the independents and republicans. He has
served as school director of his district for fifteen
years, and has been a member of the board of super-
visors and justice of the peace.
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HON. WILLIAM. DEMPSEY,
^^|0AS born of Irish parents,
^lAui at Madison, Wisconsin,
April 6, 1861. He is one of
ten children, and is still single.
He was educated at the district
school and the Wisconsin
Academy. For four years he
was town clerk of Blooming
Grove, Wisconsin, after leav-
ing school. In 1886 he took a
homestead in Box Butte
^ ^ county, which he has since
farmed. For three years he was in the retail grocery
business at Alliance, where he still lives. He was
elected by the people's independent party to represent
the fifty-third district in this legislature. Mr. Demp-
sey is a member of the committees on federal relations,
county boundaries, county seats, and township organi-
zation. His work is done rather in the committee
room and by a quiet influence with members personally
than in debate.
HON. JAMES F. ELY,
the third district, was
born at Springfield, Otsego
county, N. Y., May i8, 1843.
His father was a farmer, and
his boyhood days were spent
on the farm, where he received
a good business education.
When the war broke out he
volunteered in the 24th New
York Cavalry. His most
active and exciting army ex-
perience was in the battle of the Wilderness and in the
conflicts from there to Petersburg. At Petersburg he
was severely wounded, June 18, 1864, and was confined
to the hospital for several months. In 1868 he caught
the western fever, and, coming to Nebraska, located in
Nemaha county, four miles from Auburn, on a farm of
eighty acres. In the following year he was married to
Miss Mary De Lay. As prosperity increased he pur-
chased more land, until at present he has 480 acres
well improved. Besides his Nebraska farm, he has
land in other states, and is also engaged in raising fine
horses. Mr. Ely's family consists of six bright chil-
dren. He is a strong methodist and an enthusiastic
believer in the grand old party. Mr. Ely is a member
of the committee on federal relations, university and
normal schools, labor, apportionment.
HON. NICK FRITZ,
the sixteenth district,
was born in , Ger-
many, 1847; came over to
America in 1866; located at
Erie, Pa., and worked there on
a farm; moved west one year
later, and located at Council
Bluffs, Iowa. He got married
in 1874; stayed on the farm,
nine miles south of Council
Bluffs, Iowa, till 1875, when he
moved to Thurston county, Nebraska. Mr. Fritz is a
strong democrat, as most of our German citizens are,
but is personally very popular in his county, as is
shown by the fact that he has been twice elected
county treasurer by a fair majority, though the county
is republican. Mr. Fritz has made his home in Pender
for the last ten years, and is justly gratified by the
confidence placed in him by his constituents. Mr.
Fritz is a member of the committees on corporation
andmines and minerals. Postoffice Pender, Nebraska.
HON. ISAAC N. GOAR,
§S one of the two populist
representatives from Cus-
ter and Logan, the fifty-sixth
district. He was born in Tip-
ton county, Indiana, April 29,
1 85 1. His father was a native
of West Virginia, and his
mother of Kentucky. His
father is a farmer and still
lives on the farm he pre-
empted forty-eight years ago.
Mr. Goar himself has always
tilled the soil for a livelihood. He was married on
October 25, 1874, to Mary J. Thomas. In 1883, in
the month of April, he removed to Nebraska and made
homestead entry upon the land upon which he now
lives. He is strictly a self-made man, his educational
advantages, with the exception of a few weeks' attend-
ance elsewhere, having been limited to the common
schools of the country district in which he was raised.
He was trained to believe in the principles of the re-
publican party in his youth, but since 1873 has voted
independently, believing that a man should be gov-
erned by his convictions and live issues rather than tra-
ditions. Mr. Goar is a member of the committees on
mines and minerals, labor, and medical societies
HON. PETER GRIFFITH,
" EPRESENTATIVE from
Adams county, the forty-
fifth district, was born in Wyo-
ming county, N. Y., September
15, 1836, being the youngest of
a family of nine children. His
father, Aseph Griffith, was a
soldier of the War of 1812, and
was a man of many sterling
traits of character, chief among
which was strict integrity.
The subject of this sketch lived
in New York, receiving the benefits of a common
school education until in his nineteenth year, when he
moved to Mercer county, 111. After attending school in
Rock Island, 111., for some time he engaged in teaching,
which occupation he devoted himself to most of the
time until 1862. In that year he enlisted in Co. K.,
I02d Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served his coun-
try until the close of the war. Upon returning from
the army he attended commercial college at Daven-
port, Iowa; then again entered the school room as a
teacher, devoting part of his time, however, to tilling
the soil. In March, 1874, he moved to Adams county,
this state, and took a homestead where he still resides.
October 15, 1869, Mr. Griffith married Miss Jennie
Eckley, of Fulton county. 111. Mr. and Mrs Griffith
have a daughter, Amna May, who has devoted some
time to teaching. They are also rearing two orphan
children, Lloyd B. and John W., who take the name of
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Griffith, and one of whom is fifteen years of age and
the other seven. Mr. and Mrs. Griffith and daughter
are all members of the M. E. church, and he has
served his church in many important positions. Mr.
Griffith was a member of the twenty-third session, and
was re-elected last fall. He is a close observer of
legislative proceedings, well posted on Nebraska laws
and Nebraska interests, and a hard worker for his con-
stituents. He is a member of the committees on
finance, ways and means, public lands and buildings,
constitutional amendments, claims and apportionments.
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HON, DAVID GUTHRIE,
|ftS the representative from
J ^: the forty-third district.
He was born of Scotch par-
ents, in western Ontario, Can-
ada, on a farm, in 1836. His
early advantages were limited
to the district schools, and he
continued to farm in Ontario
until he came to Superior, Ne-
braska, in 1878. He engaged
in the milling business here,
and still continues in it. Mr.
Guthrie has been a member of the city council ever
since the city was organized, and has been mayor for the
past two years. He has not sought politics, but the
people's independent party sent him to the legislature
this session without regard to his preferences. Mr.
Guthrie would much rather devote his time and atten-
tion to his private interests. He is a member of the
committees on judiciary and public schools.
HON. ELMER E. HAIRGROVE,
^|NE of the two representa-
^^l tives from Clay county,
the forty-second district, was
born on the seventh day of
August, 1861, at Jacksonville,
Morgan county, 111., and lived
in that county until he came to
Nebraska and settled in Clay
county in April, 1888. His early
life was spent on a farm near
Waverly, 111., where he went
to school in the winter and did
farm work in the summer. He attended the high
school at Waverly for a while and also attended Whip-
ple Academy at Jacksonville, for a short time. For
several years he taught school in Sangamore, and Mor-
gan counties, and afterward studied law in the office
of Judge Layman, in Jacksonville. In the fall of 1883
he entered the legal department of Drake University,
Des Moines, Iowa, from which he graduated with the
degree of B.L., in 1884. He returned to Waverly and
was elected city attorney of that place, and was re-
elected for a second term in 1887, but resigned upon
deciding to come to Nebraska. He has held the office
of city attorney of Sutton for two terms, and is now
engaged in the law practice there. Mr. Hairgrove is
a member of the K. P., I. O. O. F., A. O. U. W., M. W.
A., and D. of H. lodges. He is a republican of rather
strong tendencies. He is chairman of the committee
on library, and belongs to the committees on judiciary,
claims, rules, and apportionment.
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HON. W. D. HALLER,
tive from the eleventh
district, was born in 1847, ^^^
reared on a farm in south-
eastern Wisconsin. At the age
of nineteen he began working
in a drug store of Dr. J. H.
Cooper, of Burlington, Wis-
consin. After several years,
with another young man, he
came west and began business
for himself, in which he has
In 7.871 he located at Blair,
which is still his home, and engaged in the drug busi-
ness. Mr. Haller is a member of the State Pharmaceu-
tical Association, and is an examiner on the state
board of pharmacy, and is president of the Haller
Proprietary Company. He is also of high rank in the
Masonic lodge. What his fellow citizens think of him
is shown by the fact that he has been elected mayor
several times. Mr. Haller was elected to the legisla-
ture two years ago, and was re-elected to the house the
present session. He gives close attention to the pro-
ceedings of the house and frequently occupies the
floor. Mr. Haller is a member of the committees on
constitutional amendments, insane hospital, medical
societies, and apportionment.
been very successful.
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HON. HENRY HARKSON,
[jf|EMBER of the house
from the thirtieth dis-
was born in Denmark,
January, 3, 1863. He came to
this country in 1882, and, locat-
ing in Lincoln, worked on a
farm near the city for a time.
Later he attended the Elkhorn
College, Iowa, for a winter.
He next clerked in various
stores in Lincoln for about
two years, when he bought a
farm near Davey, and also engaged in the mercantile
business in that town. Under Harrison, Mr. Harkson
served as postmaster for four years. He is a married
man. Mr. Harkson has always been an active republi-
can, and has done good work for his party in the
county. He is a member of committees on labor, fish
culture and game, and soldiers' home, privileges and
elections. He is a good business man and well posted
on matters concerning agriculture and labor interests.
HON. R. D. HARRIS,
^^4^ the fifty-fourth district,
was born at Zanesville, Ohio,
July 26, 1848. He came to Ne-
t^^k ^^ , braska first in 1866, but, re-
^^■i^^h maining only a short time,
^^^^^^^^^^ I went to California, where he
-^^^^™^^^^^^^*^ attended the medical depart-
ment of the state university.
He practiced medicine in that
state for eight years, and then
L J entered the army in 1876,
being with General Miles in Montana three years.
In 1879 he returned to Ohio, but returning to St.
Louis, Mo., graduated at the St. Louis College
of Physicians and Surgeons in 1880. After this he
practiced in Ohio until 1886, when he came to Oga-
lalla, Keith county, where he has lived ever since.
Dr. Harris has been coroner two terms, and president
of pension board. He is a member of the State Med-
ical Society, a Knight Templar, an Odd F'ellow, a
Knight of Pythias, and a member of the G. A. R. In
1878, at Fort Keogh, Montana, he married Miss Edith
B. Cary, of Zanesville, Ohio. Dr. Harris is chairman
of the committee on medical societies, and belongs to
the committees on railroads, other asylums, public
printing, and irrigation.
HON. WILLIAM H. HARRISON,
GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA,
^AS born in Morris, 111.,
May 19, i860. His par-
ents located near Falls City,
Nebraska, in May, 1864, settling
on a farm. In 1872 they
moved to a farm in Pawnee
county. Mr. Harrison attended
the district schools during the
winter terms, attended high
school for five months, and
graduated from Bryant's busi-
ness college at St. Joseph, Mo.,
in 1878, after one month's attendance. He was in the
employ of Linn & Cooper, at Table Rock, from Janu-
ary I, 1879, to December 31, 1884. He then entered
the employ of S. R. Howell & Co., of Chicago, as
western auditor and manager, having sole charge of
thirty-one lumber yards and investment of three-quar-
ters of a million dollars. In sixteen years he did
not lose a day's work or salary. In 1891 he pur-
chased the yards at Grand Island, Elba, North Loup,
and Ord, and still owns them. He was married in
188 1 to Miss Emma E. Jones, a Nebraska girl, and the
union has been blessed with five children — four sons
and one daughter. He was a member of the city
council of Grand Island in 1891 to 1893, and was de-
feated for the position he now holds in 1892 by only
sixty-one votes, by a fusion candidate. Harrison was
always a republican, and as representative of the forty-
seventh district is one of the leading members of the
house. He is an acute business man, a good parlia-
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nentarian, and the possessor of an immense fund of
energy and vitality, with a tendency to sacrifice meth-
ods to ends rather than ends to methods. Mr. Harri-
son is chairman of the committee on school lands
and funds, and a member of the committees on agri-
culture, public lands and buildings, manufacturing
and commerce, and rules.
HON. A. C. HARTE,
ANOTHER of the nine rep-
resentatives from Doug-
las county, the tenth district,
was born August 13, i860, at
Louisville, Kentucky. He came
to Nebraska in 1864, with his
parents, and received his educa-
tion in the common schools of
the state. In 1877, ^^ ^^e age
of seventeen, he engaged in
the carpenter trade, which he
followed until 1888. Since that
time he has been in the building and contracting busi-
ness, and in that business has constructed many of the
principal buildings in Omaha and the state. Mr.
Harte is a stanch republican, but has always devoted
his attention to his business instead of politics, and the
office which he is now holding marks his first appear-
ance in public life. He is a sound business man and
well posted on matters pertaining to the relations of
employers and employees. He is a member of the
committees on engrossed and enrolled bills, miscel-
laneous subjects and claims, and public lands and
HON. JAMES HAVLIK,
fHE people's independent
,^^^ representative from Saun-
ders county, the twenty sev-
enth district, was born in
Braidwood, Illinois, September
9, 1868. Two years later his
parents moved to Nebraska
and settled in Saunders county.
He has grown up among the
constituency which he repre-
sents, receiving his education
in the common schools. For
nearly seven years he was engaged with various firms
in this and adjoining states as clerk or bookkeeper.
Although he has traveled a good deal over different
parts of the United States, he found no place which
suited him better than Saunders county, where he fi-
nally returned and established himself as a permanent
citizen by marrying and settling down on a farm, where
he still lives. Mr. Havlik is a member of the commit-
tees on miscellaneous subjects and apportionments.
136 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
HON. WILLIAM P. HIGGINS,
O^ from the fifty-sixth dis-
trict, was born in Harrison
county, Mo., January 18, 1864.
In 187s he came with his
father's family to Custer
county, Douglas Grove town-
ship, and he is still living there.
He attended the common
schools, and later entered the
Baptist Seminary at Gibbon in
1882, where he remained two
years, after which he went one year to the Methodist
Episcopal college at York. His father's death made
it necessary for him to return home in the spring of
1885 to take charge of the farm, and he is still farming
near the town of Westcott. Mr. Higgins was elected
supervisor on the county board in the fall of 1886,
as a republican, but joined the populists in 1889. ^^
1892 he was sent to the legislature from his district,
and he was re-elected in the fall of 1894. Mr. Higgins
serves on the committee on engrossed and enrolled
bills, and public lands and buildings. He is greatly in-
terested in the relief work of the legislature and in all
legislation pertaining to irrigation. On these subjects
he frequently takes the floor and always talks briefly
and to the point.
HON. EDWIN B. HINDS,
^|NE of the three stanch re-
)^ publicans from Gage
county, the thirty-second rep-
resentative district, was born in
Vermont in 1842. In 1855 he
came with his father's family to
Clayton county, Iowa. In 1862
he enlisted in the 1st Iowa
Cavalry, with which he served
three and a half years, receiv-
ing his discharge at Austin,
Texas. It was while in the
army he cast his first ballot, voting the republican
ticket for Lincoln. After clerking in a store for two
years, he became a successful farmer in Allamakee
county, Iowa. In 1881 he moved to Odell, Gage county,
Nebraska, where he still resides. Here he first en-
gaged in the hardware business, and for the last two
and a half years has been dealing in real estate and
taking farm loans. Mr. Hinds has always been a pro-
gressive citizen, and a strong republican. He has been
a member of the board of education in his district since
its organization, and treasurer for the last ten years.
Recently he was re-elected for three years. Two
years ago he was elected to the legislature, and the
present session he was returned without opposition to
succeed himself. Mr. Hinds is chairman of committee
on railroads, and is a member of the committees on
militia, cities and towns, apportionment, and immigra-
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HON. GEORGE HORST,
^^^^^H^^ (REPRESENTATIVE from
m^^^%L ^ y^l Polk county, the thirty-
L ^^ ^ft I ninth district, is serving his
I ^ JP I third term in the Nebraska \eg-
^ l^k ^P I is^^tui'^* He was the only in-
H ^^^^^V I ^^P^^^^^t member of the ses-
W ^^^^ ^^^ ^^^" ^^ ^^^7 ^"^ ^^^ ^"^ *^^
^H^^Pl^^^^^^' I the few who cast their votes
V^^^V^ for C. H. Van Wyck from first
^H^^^^^^p to last. He was again elected
^^^^^^j I to the session of 1893 and was
^ a member of the penitentiary
investigating committee. A strong effort was made to
defeat his return to the present session, but he was
elected in spite of the concentration of the opposition
against him. Mr. Horst was born of German parents,
in Brown county, Wisconsin, May 13, 1854. He lived
on the farm with his parents until 187 1, when they
moved to Polk county, this state, where they settled
on a farm again. He had very limited school privi-
leges in his boyhood, and from 1873 to 1875 attended
normal school at Galena, Illinois. Since that time he
has lived on the farm in Polk county, teaching school
the greater part of the time. The two years from
1880 to 1882 he spent in Oregon teaching in the public
schools. Mr. Horst cast his first vote for the constitu-
tion of 1875. ^^ voted for Hayes in 1876 and for
Hancock in 1880. Since then he has been successively
identified with the anti-monopoly, union, labor, and
populist movements. On Christmas, 1894, he was
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married to Miss Emily Buchta, of Edwardsville, Illi-
nois. Mr. Horst is a good parliamentarian, a persistent
fighter, and an earnest worker. He is chairman of the
committee on mines and minerals and a member of
the committees on privileges and elections.
HON. EDGAR HOWARD,
■ p^Jj^HO represents the ninth
.^Li-Jn district, is one of the
first democrats in the house,
and the only member of either
house elected on a straight dem-
ocratic ticket. He was born in
Iowa in 1858. At the age of
thirteen he became a newspaper
**cub," and although after he
was educated in the common
schools he took a law course at
Drake University, his predilec-
tion for the newspaper business has never left him, and
he has been printer, reporter, and editor for the greater
part of his active life. He has always been a stanch
democrat in politics although his parents were Quakers
of strong abolition propensities. In 1883 he bought the
Papillion Times and has conducted it ever since as a
democratic newspaper. Mr. Howard has never held
a public office and never been a candidate for any
office up to the time of the campaign, which resulted
in his election to the legislature. While the demo-
cratic party in the house is not formidable as to num-
bers, it is fully up to the average in character, and the
position of leader of that faction is one of which Mr.
Howard has no reason to be otherwise than proud.
His committee work is done on the special relief com-
mittee, and the judiciary, claims and revenue, and tax-
ation committees. A ready speaker, very outspoken
and fearless, an original thinker and possessing a
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. I4I
keen sense of humor, Mr. Howard's personality is
impressed strongly upon the house of which he is a
HON. O. HULL.
Q?HE sixty-second represen-
^y tative district, which con-
sists of Harlan county, en-
trusted its interests in this
legislature to O. Hull, a mem-
ber of the people's independ-
ent party. Mr. Hull was born
in Mercer county, Pennsylva-
nia, March 7, 1849. I" 1858
his parents moved to Mahaska
county, Iowa, taking him with
them, where his early youth
was spent on a farm and in attending the common
schools. After completing his common school educa-
tion, he took a three years' course at a normal school
at Oskaloosa, Iowa. The most of the following seven
years was spent in teaching. February 22, 1872, Mr.
Hull was married to Miranda Clark, and in 1876 moved
to Lancaster county, Nebraska, where he lived until
two years ago, when he moved to Harlan county. Mr.
Hull has been more or less identified with reform
movements all his life. He joined the alliance move-
ment early in its history and was state lecturer of the
Nebraska alliance one year. He is an earnest worker,
a good talker, and well posted on all matters pertain-
ing to the interest of the farmer and the laboring
classes in general. He is on the committees on appor-
tionment and insane hospital. Mr. Hull s postoffice
address is Alma.
HON. EDGAR M. JENKINS,
pAS born near Washburn,
ij Woodford county, 111.,
September 9, 1848, on a farm.
He was educated in the com-
IVl^^ mon schools, and lived on a
^^^^P|k farm until 1867, when he moved
^^^^^K^ I to McLean county and engaged
in the grain and lumber busi-
ness. In 1879 he came to
Alexandria, Nebraska, and
opened a drug store, besides
which he spends a good deal of
his time in raising fine hogs of the Poland China breed.
Mr. Jenkins was married to Miss Emma A. Sandham
in 1872, and has one^child, Euclid Foss, thirteen years
of age. He began his political career by serving in
the legislature of 1892, as representative of the thirty-
fifth district, being one of the few republicans then in
the house, and his constituents of that district re-elected
him last fall. He is chairman of the committee on cor-
porations, and a member of the committees on privileges
and elections and banks and currency.
HON. RICHARD H. JENNESS,
^AS born at Lindciiwood,
Ogle county, III., in 1857.
Two years later his father moved
to Ottawa, Kansas, where Rich-
ard H. grew to manhood. InOt-
tawa the lad learned the print-
er's trade, and for six years
past he has been employed on
the World- Herald at Omaha,
which city is now his home.
During the session of 1878 and
1879 Mr. Jenness was door-
keeper in the Kansas legislature, of which his father
was a member at the time. He has never been a poli-
tician, but has always been a republican, was nominated
by the republicans of the tenth district, and was elected
by a good majority. Mr. Jenness is chairman of the
committee on insurance, and is a member of the com-
mittees on revenue and taxation, labor, and telegraph,
telephone and electric light. He takes an active inter-
est in all legislation tending to benefit all classes.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. HJ
HON. BARNETT J. JOHNSTON,
<^^OPULIST member from
^^ the third district, was born
April 12, 1829, ten miles east
of Kansas City, Mo. He was
reared on a farm, and has
lived on one the greater part
of his life. He has often been
over the country on which
Kansas City now stands before
even a town was there. From
the Missouri line to the Pacific
coast was all the territory of
the Indians until he was a grown man, so that Mr.
Johnston has seen a great deal of pioneer life. For
about sixteen years he did freighting for the govern-
ment, and for the last twenty years he has been a min-
ister of the Cumberland Presbyterian church. Few
men have been better situated for observing the great
changes in this section of the West during the last fifty
years than has Mr. Johnston. When a young man he
did a good deal of contracting for the government,
and during those years his experiences were most
varied and interesting. Mr. Johnston now lives on a
farm near South Auburn, though, as the "school-
house preacher" of Nebraska, he is much away from
home. He is a member of the committes on finance,
ways and means, accounts and expenditures, and im-
146 I lOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
HON. JOHN W. JOHNSTON,
live from Douglas county,
is a native of Ohio. He was
admitted to the bar in 1SS2 and
immediately began the practice
of law at Kirksville. Mo.
Within a year he was elected
city attorney, which position he
filled for three successive
terms. In 1886 he was elected
district attorney and re-elected
in 1888. His popularity is
sliown by the fact that he had no opposition in the
nomination or election. He moved to Omaha, his pres-
ent home, in 1 891, where he has practiced law ever
since. Mr. Johnston is a fluent speaker and thoroughly
alive to the interests of his constituents. He has al-
ways been a republican, and takes active part in the
politics of the community in which he resides. Mr.
Johnston is chairman of the committee on cities and
towns, and is a member of the committee on judiciary,
engrossed and enrolled bills, and immigration.
HON. THOMAS P. JONES,
FALLS CITY, NEBRASKA,
I ^^ORN in Pennsylvania in
1^ 1828 of Welsh parents.
: His father moved with his
i family to Ohio in 1837. Mr.
Jones was married 1853 to Miss
Elizabeth M. Williams. He
came from Ohio in 1855 ^^
i Johnson county, la., worked on
a farm about seven years, went
into the army in 1862, was
mustered in Co. I., Twenty-sec-
' ond Iowa Infantry, was dis-
lT<trg< _d in 1S63 un m count of sickness; again entered
I he service in July, 1864, and discharged at Nashville,
Tenn., in January, 1865. Moved to Omaha, September,
1865, and worked at his trade of carpenter, and was
one of the gang that did the first work on the Union
Pacific railroad in 1865, and continued in that business
for one year. Then moved to Sarpy county. Neb.,
where he resided about seventeen years farming. In
1864 he disposed of his farm in Sarpy county and
moved to Richardson county. Neb., where he purchased
a large farm and resides there at this time. Mr. Jones
has several other good properties in this state and
Kansas; served five years as county commissioner in
Sarpy county. Neb., and has just closed a five: years'
term as county supervisor of Richardson county. Neb.;
was elected to the legislature for the years of 1895 ^^^
HON. LUCIUS p. JUDD.
CEDAR RAPirS, NEBRASKA.
^^'F the twenty-second dis-
, %jli trict, was born at Schuy-
, leVs Lake, N. Y., April 20, 1858,
C on the farm which descended
to his father from the English
ancestors, who took up the lan:l
when the state was first settled.
He was educated in the public
schools, and finished with some
time spent studying in Utica
and Richfield Springs. In 1878
he entered the drug business in
his nativ^e town. He came to Boone county, Nebraska,
in 1880 and took up the same pursuit at Albion, where
he remained for four years, selling out at the expira-
tion of that time, and going to Cedar Rapids, where he
now resides. Mr. Judd is proprietor of a drug store,
as well as manager of a real estate agency. In i88g he
was elected county treasurer on the republican ticket,
and, though the county was strongly populist, he was
re-elected by a good majority in 1 891. He has always
been a strong republican, and was elected to the house
by a fair majority, though in a populist county. He is
chairman of the committee on revenue and taxation,
and a member of the committees on medical societies,
telegraph, telephone and electric light, banks and cur-
rency, county boundaries, county scats and township
organization, and finance, ways and means.
HON. WILLIAM KAUP.
l^-NE of the two republican
^^ ^^ \^J5 representatives from Sa-
1^ line county, is an adoptive cit-
%^^ f^ izcn of the United States, hav-
^^^^^gy> * in^ been born in Germany,
^^^^^BL L December 9, 1849. ^^^ came
^^^^^^^^^^ K with his parents in 1S62 to Illi-
^^^^^^^^^^^^J noi";, where he worked as a
farm hand most of the time.
Having- a strong desire to own
I a farm for himself, he took a
homestead in Saline county.
In 1 87 1 he went to work for Dawes Bros, in Crete, and
remained with them for about three years. In 1875 he
located at Western, in Saline county, where he con
ducted a country store and postofifice for five years.
He then returned to the occupation of farming, locat-
ing in Jefferson county. In 1884 he returned to West-
ern and engaged in the pump and windmill business
which he has followed ever since. This is Mr. Kaup's
second term in the legislature, having been elected in
1892 and returned to this session. He is a member of
the committees on militia, immigration, live stock and
grazing, and insurance.
150 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
HON. JNO. J. LAMBORN.
tive from the sixty-fifth
district, was born in Knox
county, Ohio, March 21, 1853.
In 1853 his parents moved to
Mahaska county, Iowa, where
his father died the following
year, leaving his mother the
care of six children, the fourth
of which was the subject of
this sketch. He had only a
common school education, and
lived on a farm, until he came to Indianola, Nebraska
in 1880. His change of residence was made on ac-
count of his health, and Indianola is still his home.
For a while Mr. Lamborn worked at the carpenter
trade, afterwards clerking in a flour and feed store. In
July, 1882, he was appointed assistant cashier of Red
Willow County Bank, and the following year was made
cashier. This position he held until the First National
]3ank was organized, when he became cashier of that.
Upon the reorganization of the bank as a state bank
he continued in his old position, which, however he
was obliged to resign in 1P92 on account of poor
health. Since that time Mr. Lamborn has been en-
gaged in the real estate and loan business. He has
taken some interest in the politics of his county,
but has not been a candidate for office before this
fall. In 1889 and 1890 he was a member of the state
central committee, and has also been a member of
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. I5I
the congressional committee for some years. He is
chairman of the committee on federal relations, and is
a member of the committees on railroads, manufactur-
ing and commerce, claims, insurance, and irrigation.
Mr. Lamborn was appointed by Gov. Holcomb dele-
gate from Nebraska to the Russian Thistle convention
which was held at St. Paul, Minnesota, beginning Feb-
ruary 14, 1895.
HON. HENRY LANGHORST,
tive from the thirty-
seventh district, was born in
Germany, March 30, 1845. ^^
attended the public schools in
that country, and engaged in
farming as soon as he was old
enough to begin steady work.
In 1866 he came to this coun-
try, locating in Cook county,
111., where he lived till 1870. In
that year he came to Fillmore
county and homesteaded the farm upon which he now
lives, about five miles from Ohiowa. Mr. Langhorst
has been a very successful farmer, and has great faith
in Nebraska soil, keeping his investments in farm land.
The esteem in which his neighbors hold him is well
shown by the fact that they have kept him in the office
of assessor in his township for the last six years. He
has never been an office-seeker, and it is the upright
traits of character in which his county trust, and not
political wire pulling, that have brought him office.
Mr. Langhorst is a member of the committees on pub-
lic lands and buildings, penitentiary, and immigration,
and fish and game.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 155
HON. GEORGE MATTISON.
@|HE representative of the
^j? eighteenth district was
born at Monroe, Wis., January
9, 1851. He has seen much of
frontier life in the northwest,
having gone with his parents
to Iowa, and soon afterwards
to Dakota territory, when he
was quite young. Asa Matti-
son, his father, was a member
of the first legislature in Da-
kota, just before the great
Minnesota massacre, in 1862 and 1864, from Union
county. When a boy of fourteen years he was left the
head of the family, by his father's death, with very
light resources beyond a "claim," as it was commonly
called, and he experienced all the privations to which
the early settler is usually subject. In 1872 he moved
to Dixon county, near Ponca, where his home has been
ever since. Mr. Mattison first engaged in the saw mill
business, but since 1887 he has been farming. He
owns 1,550 acres of land, and has given his time and
attention to developing it heretofore, having taken no
active part in politics until his republican constituents
placed him in the house this session. Mr. Mattison is
a married man, and has four boys. He is a very popu-
lar man in his section of the state. Mr. Mattison is
chairman of the committee on privileges and elections,
and belongs to the committees on roads and bridges,
and county boundaries, county seats and township or-
156 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
HON. DANIEL L. McBRIDE.
:5^0PULIST representative of
^^^ - ^U the sixty-sixth district,
M^ was born in Montgomery
^K ip 1^ county, Pennsylvania, Decem-
i^^^ ^ ber 31, 1849. He came of
^^■^^^ Scotch-English parentage-
j^^^»v When he was four years old
^^^^^^K^^^^ his parents moved to Kent
^^^^^^^^^^^^K^ county, Delaware, where the
^^^^^^^^^^TB youth was reared In 1865,
^^^^^^E^^^^ CI though a mere lad, he enlisted
^^^^^^^^^^^F ■ in the army and served the
last nine months of the war. After being mustered
out he became a sailor, and remained on the water un-
til he was nineteen. He then entered the Wyoming
Seminary, Wyoming Delaware, and continued a student
for two years, during which time he joined the Baptist
church and became a member of the ministry of that
denomination. In 1873 he married in Illinois, and
in 1890 he came to this state, which has been his home
since. Mr. McBride is now pastor of the Baptist
church'of McCook, and is also interested in stock farm-
ing in Frontier county, near Quick. Mr. McBride is a
member of the committees on railroads and irrigation.
HON. WILLIAM McFADDEN,
m'COOL junction, NEBRASKA,
|(B|S a republican member of
O? the house from the thirty-
eighth district. He is a native
of Pennsylvania, having been
born in Fayette county on
a farm November 11, 1843.
When he was nine years old his
mother brought her children
to a farm in Livingston county,
111., where he lived till he en-
listed in the army in July, 1861.
He served three years, and was
discharged at Atlanta, in September, 1864. He was in
Captain John B. Russell's company, and was under
General Lyons at the battle of Pea Ridge, Mo. He
served also in the battles of Murfreesboro, Chicka-
mauga, Chattanooga, and Missionary Ridge. After his
discharge Mr. MpFadden returned to the farm in Liv-
ingston county, 111., where he remained until 1869. In
the fall of that year he came to this state and took up
a homestead near McCool Junction in York county,
where he still resides. Mr. McFadden is a strong re-
publican, as are most of the old soldiers, and possesses
the entire confidence of his constituents. He is a mem-
ber of the committees on live stock and grazing and
I 58 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
HON. RANDOLPH McNITT,
RED CLOUD, NEBRASKA,
^^^^V (REPRESENTATIVE of
^^^^^ ^P the forty-sixth district,
^^^^ comprising Webster and Ad-
^UtgffB'^ \ ^"^s counties, was born in San-
^^r^ ip, I dusky, Ohio, early in 1870. In
i ^^^K?^ ^^74 ^^ came to Red Cloud,
I .^^^B'^k. Nebraska, which has been his
^^^^^^^'^i^^^^^^ home up to the present
^^^^H ^KL ^^^^H ^^^^- After receiving a com-
^^^^K^ ^pL ^^^V ^<^n school education, he
^^^^^^^ ^'^[ attended the state university
^^^^^^*' ^ — — and was admitted to the bar in
Lincoln. He began the practice of law at Red Cloud
in 1 89 1, and has been continuously engaged in that
profession since. Although one of the youngest mem-
bers of the legislature and without previous experience
in legislative work, Mr. McNitt was a strong candidate
for speaker. That this recognition was due to his
ability and qualifications rather than to factitious po-
litical conditions has been fully demonstrated by his
work during the session. He has been recognized as
one of the closest and best read lawyers in the house, a
particularly concise and ready speaker, and a hard
worker. The occasions when he has been called to the
chair have demonstrated that the house would have
made no mistake if it had elected him speaker, having
shown that he has especial qualifications for that posi-
tion. He is chairman of the committee on public
schools and a member of the committees on judiciary,
engrossed and enrolled bills, constitutional amend-
ments, rules, and fees and salaries.
HON. WILLIAM J. McVICKER,
NORTH BEND, NEBRASKA,
^ ^^^ ^^^ fourteenth district,
K was born in New York
I City in 1850. In 1854 the fam-
ily moved to Ohio, whence they
came to Nebraska ten years
later. While a young man Mr.
McVicker worked on a farm,
and when older he engaged in
farming on his own account.
In 1878 he went to the Black
Hills and became interested in
mines there. Since that time
he has spent several years in the mines of South Africa,
to which country he went in 1888, though he has con-
sidered Nehraska his home for the last thirty years.
He married Miss Jennie H. Miller in 1872. Mr. Mc-
Vicker has been engaged in the real estate and insur-*
ancc business in North Bend, Dodge county, since his
return from Africa, though he has heavy mining inter-
ests to which he devotes considerable time. He has
always been a democrat, and is serving his second term
in the legislature, having been a member of the house
in 1877. The confidence he merited from his constitu-
ents is shown by the fact that he was sent to represent
them again in the present session. Mr. McVicker is a
member of the committees on militia, and telegraph,
telephone and electric light.
HON. HOMER J. MERRICK,
tS one of the republican
members of the house
_^ ^ ■ from the thirty-second district.
^ He was born at Pleasantville,
Pa., November i8, 1846, and
attended the public schools
until seventeen years of age,
when he enlisted in the war
and served until its close. He
was in the battles of Resaca,
Dallas, Kenesaw Mountain,
Peach Tree Creek, and was at
the siege of Atlanta and with Sherman's march to the
sea. After the war he attended the State Normal
school one year, and finished his education with a
course at Bryant & Statton's business college, Cleve-
land, Ohio. In 1869 Mr. Merrick came to Nebraska
and took up a homestead near Adams, where he still
resides. To his homestead he has added land until his
farm comprises 560 acres, which has been improved
until it is one of the finest farm properties in the state.
Mr. Merrick being one of the early settlers of the state
has known all the trials of such pioneers, and has proved
himself well worthy the esteem and honor in which he
is held by his neighbors in Gage county. Mr. Merrick
is no office hunter, and was tendered the nomination
without any solicitation on his part. This is the
second time he has been chosen to fill an office of
trust, and all who know him are confident that his
work will prove straight and clean as heretofore. Mr.
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Merrick is a member of the committee on finance
ways and means, public lands and buildings, engrossed
and enrolled bills, live stock and grazing, soldiers'
home and penitentiary.
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HON. FRANK W. MILES,
jTjpHE representative from
p; the thirty-third district
F^^^^M comes of New England stock,
W^^ ^ : though born at Jackson, Penn-
^^LaA I sylvania, January i, 1858. He
^^^^^H was reared on a farm, and at-
tended the district schools un-
til his sixteenth year. At that
age he began teaching in the
winters and working in a
country store the rest of the
time. After two years of this
the young man entered the Keystone Academy, where
he was graduated at the end of three years, having sup-
ported himself by teaching part of the time, besides
keeping up with his classes. In 1879 Mr. Miles came
to Fairbury, Nebraska, in whose school he taught one
year. From there he went to Wichita, Kansas, and
spent two years in the same vocation. After a short
stay on a Mexican ranch, he returned to Nebraska, lo-
cating at DeWitt, where he still lives. Here he en-
gaged in the land and insurance business in 1882; this
he changed for banking three years later, being a part-
ner still in the private bank of Miles & Fishburn. Mr.
Miles is a good republican, but has never held office
before except to serve on the school board. He was
elected by a large majority over the populist nominee-
Mr. Miles is chairman of the important committee on
banks and currency, and is a member of the commit,
tecs on railroads and public schools.
HON. HENRY MOEHRMAN.
I^F the sixty-first district, is
)^i a native of Germany, hav-
ing been born near Hamburg,
August 10, 1863. When he was
four years old his fither
brought the family to America,
^and settled near Davenport,
1 Iowa, but in the same year
I moved to Nemaha county, Ne-
braska. Here the family lived
I on a farm, and young Mochr-
man remained with his father
until he was sixteen, when he left to carry on a farm
near Stella, in Richardson county. In 1892 he moved
to Franklin county, near Macon, taking his widowed
mother with him. Here he still resides on a farm
of three hundred and twenty acres, and is engaged
in stock raising and farming. Mr. Moehrman has not
been a politician, and was never a candidate for office
before, and his popularity is shown by the fact that he
was nominated by the republicans, and elected, though
the county is strongly populist. He looks closely after
the interests of his constituents, and is well posted on
the issues under discussion. Mr. Moehrman is a mem-
ber of the committees on other asylums, immigration,
live stock and grazing, and fees and salaries.
HON. THOMAS C. MUNGER,
I ^S|NE of the five republican
^^ representatives from Lan-
caster county, is thirty-three
years of age. He was born in
Ohio, but received his literary
education at Iowa college, and
his professional education at
Union College of Law, Chicago.
He was admitted to the bar in
1885, and soon after moved to
Nebraska, locating in Dundy
county where he was appointed
to the office of county attorney in 1886. In the
same year he came to Lincoln, and, despite the
difficulties confronting a young lawyer in building up
a practice in a city, he soon became recognized as one
of the strongest of the young attorneys at the bar.
While he has never been a candidate for office until
last November, he has always taken a lively interest in
public affairs. Mr. Munger is chairman of the judiciary
committee, and his especial fitness for that position
is demonstrated by the fact that his opinions on all
legal points are received almost without question by
the house. Besides being a thorough lawyer, Mr. Mun-
ger is a widely informed man on all topics, one of the
hardest workers, and one of the most effective speak-
ers in the house. Besides being chairman of the judi-
ciary committee he is a member of the committees on
railroad and insurance.
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HON. ERNEST L. MYERS,
- ^ I ^|Sij^HO represents the fifty-
I ^^^^^s, I ^yW ^^^^ district consisting
■ ^^L I of Brown and Rock counties.
■ ^^V^^.^ I ^^* Myers was born in Union
■ ^^V • I ^^^y» ^^^^ county, Pennsyl-
H ^^ I vania, January 26, 1863. He
■ .J^^^^ ^ I I'cceived his education at the
II^^^^ "^ ^^^P public schools of that place,
i^^^^^^ ^^Hi after which he took a thorough
^^^^^^^ ^^^H business college course of three
^^^^^^^^ ^^FH years. Afterwards he engaged
^^^^^^^^^ ^^B^ in a manufacturing enterprise
at Union City, but sold out his interest before moving
to Nebraska in the spring of 1888, and engaged in
farming and stock raising, but for the last five years has
been in the lumber, coal, grain, and implement business.
On November 4, 1885, ^^- Myers was married to May
E. Tillotson, of Union City,Pennsylvania, and they have
one child, Ruth, now seven years of age. The nomination
for representative came to him unsolicited, but upon
receiving it he made a vigorous canvas and was elected
by a large majority over his opponent who ran on a
fusion ticket. In recognition of the location of Mr.
Myers' district and of his enthusiasm and thorough in-
formation on matters pertaining to irrigation, he was
given the chairmanship of the irrigation committee, a
new committee but one of the most important in the
house. He is also a member of the committees on ac-
counts and expenditure, revenue and taxation, and
cities and tows. Mr. Myers is a good worker on the
floor and in committee and will return home after
this session with a large addition to his list of friends.
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HON. STEPHEN W. ORTON,
WFK.piNG WATER, NEBRASKA,
the eighth district, Otoe
^ and Cass counties, was born
V^0^ • ^^^^ ^' ^^44' ^^ Washington
^^^^ county, N. Y. When he was five
K ^^H^B years old his parents moved
B ^^^^Pft ^^ Fulton county, N. Y., and
^^^^^^P^^^^^ when he was fifteen his father
^ I died, and he was thrown on his
^^^^^^^^^V I own resources. He attended
^^^^^^^^^^^^_l school three years at Hudson
^^^^^^^^^^^B^' River Institute, Claverack, N.
Y. January 4, 1863. he enlisted in Battery F, Thir-
teenth New York Heavy Artillery, and was discharged
August 24, 1865, from Battery L, Sixth New York
Heavy Artillery. In April, 1867, he started for the
West, stopping a short time in Bureau county, 111. On
July 28, 1867, he arrived in Omaha, Neb., and in the
fall of that year homesteaded a piece of land in Cass
county. He lived on the farm until 1881, when he
formed a partnership with Dr. J. W. Thomas, at Weep-
ing Water, Cass county, in the drug business. In 1886
Mr. Orton bought out his partner, and in 1890 sold an
interest to J. M. and I. W. Teagarden, who are still associ-
ated with him in the business. Mr. Orton held the office
of assessor eight years, and was a member of the city
council three years. Mr. Orton, in the intervals of his
other occupations, has taught school twenty-one terms,
nine of which were in one district in Cass county. Mr.
Orton is a member of the committees on roads and
bridges, railroads, corporations, and medical societies.
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JOSHUA M. PERKINS,
|®|NE of the representatives
)^i from the thirty-seventh
district, was born on a farm in
Bedford county, Penn. He
attended the public schools
until he was twenty years old,
besides working part of the
mines and smelters of that lo-
cality. He married in his
twenty-fourth year, and con-
tinued work in the mines until
the next year, when he was ap-
prenticed as smelter and engineer. Mr. Perkins comes
of patriotic stock, his grandfather having served in the
Revolutionary War, and three uncles having been en-
gaged in the war of 1812. His grandfather lost a leg
in battle. Three of his own brothers were in the Civil
War, two of whom lost their lives in the service, and
the third one suffered the loss of both eyes. Mr.
Perkins himself was rejected on account of his health
or he would have accompanied his brothers when they
enlisted. In 1873 he came to Grundy county. 111.,
where he began farming. He was very successful in
this pursuit, and nine years later he came to Nebraska
and purchased the farm upon which he now lives in
Fillmore county, near .Fairmont. While still in
Illinois he was elected to various local offices by his
neighbors, serving three years as county commissioner,
two years as county supervisor, and four years as jus-
tice of the peace. Mr. Perkins has been a member of
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the board of county supervisors for the past seven
years in his present home and is chairman of that body.
He has always been a republican, and has never been
defeated when a candidate for any position in the gift
of his neighbors. Mr. Perkins is a member of the com
mittees on agriculture, engrossed and enrolled bills,
and cities and towns, and benevolent institutions.
HON. JOHN H. POHLMAN,
I^F the fifth district, was born
!^p in Germany, August 25,
1839, and came to America
with his parents in 1857. The
family settled at Peoria, Illi-
nois, and his parents still re-
side there. Until 1861 he
worked on a farm, and then
enlisted in the army, company
C, Forty-seventh Illinois, Vol-
unteers, from which he was dis-
charged in 1863 on account of
loss of health. In 1864 he married Miss Elizabeth
Crawford, of Knox county Illinois, and has eleven
children living. He came to Nemaha county in 1867
and took a homestead four miles southwest of Johnson^
which he has converted into a well-improved and val-
uable farm, where he now resides. Mr. Pohlman has
voted the straight republican ticket for thirty-three
years. He was county commissioner of Nemaha
county for nine years, three terms, and has been twice
elected to the legislature. The first time in 1890, and
again in 1894, when the republicans resumed control of
the house. Mr. Pohlman is chairman of the committee
on militia, and is a member of the committees on
roads and bridges, penitentiary, other asylums, and
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HON. DELERANE D. REMINGTON,
(:^R|OPULIST member from the
^rl twenty-ninth district, was
born in Rock county, VViscon-
_ sin, May 7, 1849. ^^ was
1^^ ^^ reared on a farm, and educated
^^^^P in the public schools, with a
j^^Hh^ few terms at Evansville Semin-
^^^■^^^F^^^^ ary later. At the latter place
^^^^^^HN^^^^^k Senator Pettigrew was a pupil
I^^^^^^H^^^^^B at the same time. When eigh-
T^^^^^^^^^^^^V* teen years old he came with
his parents to Nodaway county,
Missouri, whence he came to Page county, Iowa, in
1869. Here he cast his first vote for U. S. Grant for
president. He married Florence L. Morgan, of Holt
county, Missouri, in 1879, and has four children, a boy
and three girls. Mr. Remington lived fourteen years
in Iowa, during most of which time he served either as
a township clerk or assessor of his county. In 1883 he
moved his family to Seward county, where he still re-
sides on one of the finest farms in the county near Bee.
Here he has served on the board of supervisors, and
was chairman of the same during most of the term. In
1889 Mr. Remington joined the farmers' alliance, and
from this time on began to fall away from the republi-
can party, with which he had heretofore affiliated. He
was president of the local alliance and secretary of the
county alliance for a number of terms. In 1891 was a
delegate to the industrial convention at Cincinnati.
He was one of the reception committee for the Omaha
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convention of 1892. In 1890 he was nominated for
representative by the populists and received one thou-
sand and sixty votes, with six candidates in the field.
This winter he was nominated by the same party and
endorsed by the democrats.
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HON. HENRY F. RHODES,
^.^ Valley county, the fifty-
r fifth district is serving his
second term as a member of
the house, having represented
his district in the twenty-
third session of the legislature.
Mr. Rhodes was born in New
York, April 16, 1856. He came
to Nebraska April 23, 1877,
locating in Omaha for nine
years, then on account poor
health he bought a farm in Valley county, and upon
which he still devotes his attention to farming and
stock raising. He is a married man. As a member
of the twenty-third session Mr. Rhodes was among
the leaders of the populist party and occupies the
same position in the present session. He is generally
regarded as the best posted member of the house on
parliamentary laws. He is an industrious worker in
the house and in committee, is very much in earnest
in the performance of his duties, and is recognized as
fair, honest, and conscientious alike by his political
friends and opponents.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. I73
HON. CHARLES L. RICHARDS,
' ^SPEAKER of the house
^1 of representatives, was
born at Woodstock, McHenry
county, 111., March 2T, 1856.
He was educated in the district
schools until 1874, when he en-
tered the University of Illinois,
at Champaign. From this in-
stitution he was graduated in
1878. After leaving school,
Mr. Richards followed farming
. for some years, and then en-
tered the Union College of Law at Chicago. He was
admitted to the bar, after graduating in law, in Illinois,
June, 1884. Almost immediately afterwards he came
west, and located at Hebron, Nebraska, which place is
his home at this time, and where he has been very suc-
cessful in the practice of his chosen profession. In
1886 he was elected county attorney, holding the posi-
tion for four years. Although this is Mr. Richards'
first term in the legislature, he was elected speaker
after a somewhat protracted contest during the days
preceding the republican caucus. He has proved him-
self admirably adapted to the place, being prompt, of
great decision of character, clear-headed, and well
versed in parliamentary law. He is also a ready and
forcible speaker, and always takes a prominent part in
the debates in committee of the whole. According to
the usual custom, the speaker is chairman of the com-
mittee on rules, but is member of no other committee.
I 74 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
HON. FREDERICK W. RICHARDSON,
BATTLE CREEK, NEBRASKA,
Madison county, was
born near Rockford, 111., July
31, 1844. Moved to Clayton
county, Iowa, in 1849, where he
lived until 1861, when he en-
listed in the 13th United States
Infantry, Wm. T. Sherman's
old regiment, from which he
was discharged after three
months' service, on account of
sickness. In the fall of 1862,
enlisted in Company G, 21st Iowa Infantry, and served
until the close of the war. Was orderly sergeant of
his company from 1863, and held a second lieuten-
ant's commission, but was not mustered in for reason
that the company did not contain enough men to en-
title it to three commissioned officers. Was married
in 1867 to Miss Emily Bartlett; has ten children living,
five girls and five boys. Came to Madison county,
Nebraska, in March, 1869, and took a homestead near
Battle Creek, where he now resides. Was elected
county treasurer of Madison county in 1881, and re-
elected for second term in 1883; was twice elected and
served as county clerk of his county for years of 1890-
91-92-93. Was elected representative for the twenty-
third district at last election by a plurality of 397
votes on the republican ticket.
HON. MATTHEW O. RICKETTS,
^^NE of the nine republi-
1^ can representatives from
Douglas county, was born of
slave parents, in Henry county,
Kentucky, April 3, 1858. He
came with his parents to Mis-
souri in 1866, where they lo-
cated at Booneville and sent
him to the public schools.
After completing his public
school course he graduated at
Lincoln Institute in 1876. He
then taught two years, and in 1880 moved to Omaha.
The same year he entered the Omaha Medical College
as janitor, and in March, 1884, graduated from the col-
lege with the honors of the class. October i, 1884, he
opened an office and began the practice of medicine.
On November 12th of the same year Dr. Ricketts was
married to Miss Alice Nelson, of Omaha, and three
children, Richard, Alma, and Helen have blessed the
union. In 1892 Dr. Ricketts was elected to the legis-
lature, and was re-elected to the present session. Dr.
Ricketts is one of the best speakers in the house as
well as a ready debater. On the occasion of the elec-
tion of Hon. John M. Thurston as United States sena-
tor, the house paid Dr. Ricketts the high compliment
of ordering that his speech upon explaining his vote
be spread upon the record. His committees are other
asylums, cities and towns, insurance, telegraph, tele-
phone and electric light, and medical societies.
HON. JOHN A. ROBERTSON,
^^^^^^^^^^^^B c^OPULIST representative
li^H^tf^^^ I ^P from the fiftieth district,
^K \ I was born in Jackson county,
^S <5HF Indiana, January 22, 1867. He
_^m_^^ ^L attended the public schools in
^^^BT ^^^ this state when a child, and
came to Nebraska in 1883. For
three years Mr. Robertson
lived in Knox county, and
since then he has resided in
Holt county where he is en-
gaged in farming. He was
married in 1885, and the fine farm, his present home,
is near Joy, Nebraska. Mr. Robertson has never been
a candidate for office before, but was returned by the
populists to the legislature this winter, by a good ma-
jority. He has always been a populist. He is a mem-
ber of the committees on county boundaries, county
seats, and township organizations, and cities and towns.
HON. WILLIAM D. ROBINSON,
Lancaster county, the
thirtieth district, enjoys the
distinction of being the young-
est member of the legislature,
his birth past-dating by a few
months that of Representative
McNitt, of Webster county,
who was born in the same year.
Whatever advantages his fel-
low citizens of Lincoln may
have over him in the matter of
age, however, there are few who can lay any claim to
priority of citizenship. Whatever he lacks in this re-
spect is no fault of his own, as he was born in the city
of Lincoln, in August, 1870. His father was Seth
Robinson, a brilliant lawyer of the pioneer days and
the first attorney general of the state of Nebraska. In
1874 the subject of this sketch moved to San Francisco
with his parents and remained there until the death of
both his parents in 1878. Thence he went to Illinois
and resided with his mother's relatives and worked on a
farm until he reached the age of sixteen. In 1886 he
began a two year's course at Whipple Academy, Jack-
sonville, Illinois, preparatory to entering Illinois College
at the same place, from which he graduated in 1892.
Immediately upon graduation he took up his resi-
dence in Lincoln, where he has since become associ-
ated in the practice of law with C. O. Whedon, a for-
mer law partner of his father. Mr. Robinson was
married December 19, 1894, to Miss Fay Marshall, of
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Lincoln. He is an ardent republican and a good parli-
mentarian. He is a member of the committees on
rules, university and normal schools, claims, revenue
and taxation, and resolutions.
HON. PATRICK RODDY,
NEBRASKA CITY, NEBRASKA.
tS one of the republican
members from Otoe
county, the sixth district. He
is Irish, having been born in
Westmeath county, Ireland,
July 12, 1842, and was reared
in the same county. In 1862
he came to America, and drift-
ing west followed steamboat-
ing on the Mississippi river and
its tributaries for about ten
years. At that time the river
traffic was in its prime, and a river life afforded ma-
terial attractions to the ambitious young man pros-
pecting for a vocation. In 1872 Mr. Roddy gave up
steamboating for a more quiet life, and settled on the
farm near Nebraska City, where he now lives. He has
prospered in farming, and, unlike most of our citizens
from his native country, he is a good republican. Mr.
Roddy is a member of the committees on public lands
and buildings, university and normal schools, and tele-
graph, telephone and electric light. He is quite often
heard on the floor of the house, and his speeches are
always of a pointed and original character that spices
the dull monotony of the routine proceedings.
HON. FRANK ROTHLEUTNER,
^N^ the fifty-second district,
was born in Bergstadt, Austria,
in 1858, and remained a subject
of the Emperor Francis Joseph
until he was sixteen years old.
He was educated in Vienna,
one of the most famous seats
of learning in the world. In
1875 yo^ii^g Rothleutner came
with his parents to the United
States, and soon afterwards
came to Columbus, this state, where he clerked in
a store for several years. He then moved to Holt
county and lived there for eleven years. Two years
ago he became a resident of Cherry county, and is
still living there near Kilgorc. He is engaged ex-
tensively in farming and stock raising, and was elected
by the populists to the house in the fall of 1894.
Mr. Rothleutner is a member of the committee on be-
nevolent institutions. He takes a keen interest in all
legislation pertaining to agriculture and labor, and votes
steadily on the side of masses on any question inv^olv-
ing an issue between the masses and the classes.
GEORGE LOTHROP ROUSE,
twenty-one years old.
spent his boyhood and youth
on the old home farm, attend-
ing the district schools in the
winter. At the age of sixteen
years, he entered the Baldwin
University, at Berea, Ohio, and
remained there for two terms.
He next attended Oberlin Col-
lege, Ohio, for two years, and
began teaching soon after,when
He taught for five years, at the
end of which time in 1872, he came to Nebraska, and
located near Alda, where he still lives. In 1873 he
married Susanna Augusta Rexroad, and has seven chil-
dren, four boys and three girls. Mr. Rouse first bought
320 acres of land for farming, but has increased his
holding until he owns 640 acres, which he has im-
proved into a very fine farm. Mr. Rouse and his wife
are members of the Presbyterian church, and are highly
respected by all who know them. He is a Knight
Templar, member of Tangier Temple, Mystic Shrine,
and also a member of the A. O. U. W., and has been a
member of the board of supervisors of Hall county, of
which board he was chairman for three terms. He has
always been a stanch republican, and a worker for his
party, which elected him one of its representatives
from the forty-seventh district in the fall of ^94. Mr.
1 84 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
Rouse is chairman of the committee on county boun-
daries, county seats and township organizations, and is
a member of the committees on constitutional amend-
ments, penitentiary, fees and salaries, and irrigation.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. I85
HON. HARRY SCHICKEDANTZ,
ST. PAUL, NEBRASKA,
■ ^^EPUBLICAN representa-
m ,^^^*^^ ^^ tive from the forty- eighth
■ ^B^ district, was born in i860, at
^^^^B^g^G Hamburg, Germany. He re-
^H^^^^^^^ ceived a college education, and
V ^^^B^^ came to America in 1881, locat-
~ ^^J^B^*^^ ^"^ ^" Omaha. In 1882 he
^^^^^^^^T 1^^^^ moved to Grand Island, and
1^^^^^^^ ^^^H ^^^^ there he went to St. Paul
^^^^^^^^^^^Hl the Here he en-
^^^^^^^^^^^^H^ S^S^^ ^^ ^^^ grain business,
and also handled farm machin-
ery. He is still in the same business. In 1887 he was
elected a member of the city council, and was re-elected
in 1894. Mr. Schickedantz is chairman of the commit-
tee on apportionment, and is a member of the commit-
tees on finance, ways and means, penitentiary, revenue
and taxation, insurance, and irrigation. He is a close
student of legislative measures, a hard committee
worker, and one of the members whose opinion carries
with it the weight due to wide information, business
experience, and good judgment.
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HON. ANDREW J. SCOTT,
fMS one of the populist mem-
^ bers of the legislature,
serving a second term, as he
was first sent from the fifty-
eighth district in the fall of
1892. He was born in West
Virginia in 1849, ^ind lived
there with his parents till he
I was twenty-one years old,
I when he came west. His
home was in Moulton county,
Illinois, for seven years, during
which time he bought grain for a Chicago firm for three
seasons, spending the remaining time in farming. In
1872, while still in Illinois, he married, and four years
later he moved to Nebraska, where he has lived near
Kearney ever since. Mr. Scott had held various of-
fices of trust in his locality, before serving in the legis-
lature, having been for three years town clerk, justice
of the peace for two years, and for two years a mem-
ber of the board of supervisors. So faithfully did he
look after the interests in his care that he has gained
and kept the respect and confidence of all the citizens
of his district. He has been a consistent member of
the Christian church since 1865. Mr. Scott is a mem-
ber of the committees on finance, ways and means, ag-
riculture, and railroads.
HON. JOHN H. SHOOK,
^^j^^^AS born in Macoupin
%iip^ county, III., July 31,
1838. He lost both parents
when quite young, and lived
with an older sister, on a farm,
until 1859, when he came to
Nebraska and entered a quar-
ter section of land in Richard-
I son county. In 1861 he en-
listed in the Iowa Infantry and
went to the war. He was in
many skirmishes besides thirty-
six regular battles, among which were " Pittsburgh
Landing," "Siege of Vicksburg." He went with Sher-
man to Atlanta, and then on to the sea, and was mus-
tered out and sent home by way of New York at the
close of the war. In 1865 he began again the pursuit
of farming in Nemaha county, where he lived until
1 89 1, when he moved into Richardson county. While
in Nemaha he married Miss Ella Pike in 1870, and has
four children, all boys. He served as county commis-
sioner in Nemaha county for twelve years. Mr. Shook
has farmed on a large scale, often running thirty teams
a day, and probably has employed more men than any
one in southeastern Nebraska. He has always been a
republican, and is one of the three members from the
first district. He was postmaster for seven years in
Hillsdale, treasurer of the Masonic lodge for twelve
years, and has been a Mason for twenty-five years, and
member of the school board for twenty-three. Mr.
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Shook is a member of the committees on finance, ways
and means, revenue and taxation, other asylums and
HON. EDWIN F. SISSON,
the twelfth district, was
born in Huron county, Ohio,
May 3, 1846. In 1855 his par-
ents moved to Barry county,
Michigan, where he was reared,
working on the farm in the
summer and attending the dis-
trict schools in the winter. He
supplemented his slight op-
portunities by hard study at
night. In 1869 he married and
lived on a farm in the same county for several years,
He removed to Burt: county, Nebraska, near Tekamah.
where he still lives. Mr. Sisson has always been a
farmer, and has also held many positions of trust in
his locality. He was twice elected assessor of River-
side precinct, and in 1884 was made county com-
missioner, serving for two terms in that capacity. In
1892, Mr. Sisson was elected to the legislature by the
republicans, and was returned again in 1894. During
his residence in Michigan he was at one time interested
in the lumber business for three years, in connection
with farming, but relinquished it to devote his time
entirely to his farm, and the various political interests
entrusted to his care. Mr. Sisson is chairman of the
committee on insane hospital, and belongs to the com-
mittees on live stock and grazing, revenue and taxa-
tion, and soldiers' home.
^9^ Biographical sketches.
HON. GILBERT F. SMITH,
^AS born in Delaware
county, New York, in
1847. ]^y Gould was born in
the same county, and Mr.
Smith has always thought that
the reason he failed to rival
Jay's success was because he
took Horace Greeley's advice
to ''Go west, young man!"
He attended school at Sidney
Plains when a child, and at the
age of sixteen entered the
army, enlisting in the 144th New York Volunteer In-
fantry, and took an active part in the unpleasantness
which then existed between the North and South. He
served until the close of the war and was honorably dis-
charged. He then attended the state normal school of
New York for a time, which ended his educational ad-
vantages in school. In 1869 he married Miss Annette B.
Shutts, being persuaded that it was not good for man to
be alone. In 1870 he moved to Virginia and engaged
in farming, but soon afterwards came west to Iowa.
Tarrying there only a short time the family moved
to Galesburg, Illinois. In 1879 thinking they were not
far enough west, he brought his family to Holt county-
Nebraska, where they have lived ever since. Mr.
Smith is now farming, raising stock, and fine fruit.
He has at various times been in the lumber business
and on the railroads, and has enjoyed several offices of
great honor and small profit, such as justice of the
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peace and high school director. He has been an Abe
Lincoln republican and a Jeffcrsonian democrat, but
at present he is an independent first, last, and all the
time. In 1892 the populists sent him to the legislature
from the fiftieth district, where he served on five com-
mittees, and suited his constituents so well that he
was nominated unanimously and returned in 1894,
HON. ERICK SODERMAN,
§S a member of the legisla-
ture held in hie^h esteem
by the independents, this being
the third session to which he
has been returned by that
party. He was born in Sweden,
March 17, 1850, and was left an
orphan before he was eighteen
months old. However, he fell
into good hands and was given
advantages of education to the
extent that when fifteen years
old he could begin teaching school. Three years later
he came to this country, locating at Moingona, Iowa.
Here he was treasurer of the school district for three
years and councilman for two terms. In 1876 he
married and has now eight children, five boys and
three girls. In 1879 he moved to Phelps county on
to the homestead which he still makes his home. As
a republican he was elected county surveyor in 1883,
and kept the position for two terms. He cast in his lot
with the people's party later, and was elected to the
legislature by them in 1890, and has been returned to
both the twenty-third and twenty-fourth sessions by
them. Mr. Soderman belongs to the committees on
mines and minerals and live stock and grazing.
HON. EDMUND B. SPACKMAN,
from the twenty-fifth dis-
trict, was born in Philadephia,
Pennsylvania. His ancestors
were English Quakers who
settled there when William
Penn was proprietor of the prov-
ince. Until the lad was six-
teen years old he lived on the
home farm, going to school in
the winters. He was gradu-
ated at the Northwestern State
Normal School in Pennsylvania, and taught for twelve
years. In 1879 he came to Nebraska, and the next year
he came to Fullerton, Nance county, where he still re-
sides. The fourteen years of his life in Nebraska have
been spent in farming and in the hardware business.
Before coming to this state he was a republican, but
the exorbitant freight rates he was forced to pay, being
in many cases eight times trans-Missouri rates, made
him an anti-monopolist. He took an active part in
the farmers' alliance, and helped to form the independ-
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HON. EDSON R. SPENCER.
^AS born in the Empire
state in 1861. He
moved with his parents to Jo
Davies county, Illinois, where
he received the best educa-
L ^^^PVI ^^^ tional facilities to be reached
\ ^A^^Mn. li in that neighborhood. At the
j|| age of seventeen, Mr. Spencer
began life as a teacher in the
Illinois schools. In the spring
of 1879, with the tide of immi-
gration which brought thou-
sands into Nebraska, Mr. Spencer came to the state
and settled in Richardson county. He afterwards
moved to Lincoln. Finding an excellent business
opening at Firth, in Lancaster county, he located in
that town, and has been engaged in the banking busi-
ness there ever since. He is a man of much public
spirit, and two years ago was nominated by acclamation
to a place on the republican legislative ticket. He was
renominated in 1894 without opposition and was easily
re-elected. In politics he is a dyed-in-the-wool re-
publican and served the state faithfully as a mem-
ber of standing committees of the house as follows:
finance, ways and means, agriculture, internal improve-
ments, cities and towns.
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HON. LEWIS HENRY SUTER,
iAS born upon a farm in
-^g6 Somerset county, Penn-
sylvania, in the year 1850. He
received a common school edu-
cation. Becoming tired of
farming among the rocks and
stumps of the Allegheny
Mountains he concluded to go
west; consequently, in October,
1869, he went to Indiana where
he worked until the following
spring, when he went to Iowa,
where he was engaged upon a farm until October, 1871,
when he concluded to take advantage of the homestead
act. After spending a month in looki;« f over the wilds
of Nebraska he located in Antelope cou.ity, three miles
from the present beautiful city of Neligh. From this
time up to 1876 he improved his farm in summer and
taught school in winter. During the summer of 1875
Mr. Suter went to Iowa and married Miss Jerusha A.
Coulter, the daughter of a well-to-do farmer residing
near Marshalltown. The newly married couple re-
turned at once to the homestead in Nebraska, where
they have resided up to the present time. One son and
three daughters have been born to them. Mr. Suter
now owns 240 acres of the finest improved land in the
famous Elkhorn Valley. Originally L. H. was a dem-
ocrat, but in 1889 he helped to organize the independ-
ent party and has since that time been a stanch
supporter of those principles. In 1892 his friends
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brought his name before the convention as a candidate
for representative to the state legislature, for which
position he was not only nominated, but was elected
by a handsome majority, and served Antelope county
in that capacity in the 1893 session. In 1894 Mr.
Suter's name was again brought into the convention,
and he was unanimously renominated on the first formal
ballot, and in spite of the great republican landslide,
he again, by an increased majority, represents his
county in the 24th session of the Nebraska legislature.
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HON. ABRAHAM L. SUTTON,
SOUTH OMAHA, NEBRASKA,
^g^'NE of the republican mem-
%Jfi bers from Douglas
county, was born at Oregon,
Wisconsin, in 1866. His par-
♦ w^ ^ ents soon moved to Charles
X' jC^ City, Iowa, where he passed
his boyhood. He attended
the public schools of the town
and later entered Olivet Col-
lege, which he attended for
three years. Upon leaving
college he taught school for
several years, and then came to South Omaha in 1888,
where he began reading law the following year. When
twenty-three years of age he was elected justice of the
peace, and in 1891 he was admitted to the bar. Mr.
Sutton is regarded as one of the leading young law-
yers of Omaha. In 1892 the people of both parties
voted for him, as representative from South Omaha,
and he was nominated by acclamation for his second
term this fall, proving the high estimation in which he
is held by his district. He has worked well for the in-
terests of his constituents, and is well up on the vari-
ous issues under discussion in the house. Mr. Sutton
is a member of the committees on federal relations,
corporations, public schools, and fees and salaries.
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HON. WILLIAM SUTTON,
' TABLE ROCK, NEBRASKA,
p^ljT^AS born near Galena, Jo
^jl^i Da vies county, 111.^
April 7, 1844, where he resided
on a farm until seventeen years
of age. In September, 1861, he
enlisted in the volunteer army,
in an independent battalion
known as the Fremont Rang-
ers, and served with this
organization until General
Fremont was removed from
command in the West. The
independent battalion was then consolidated with the
3d Missouri Cavalry and became a part of that regi-
ment until the close of the war. Mr. Sutton was en-
gaged in scouting and Guerrilla war-fare in Missouri,
Arkansas, and Louisiana, and took part in most of the
important engagements of that department; was dis
charged in 1865, and came to Nebraska territory in
1866, settled on a homestead in Nemaha county, and
has been actively engaged in farming and stock raising
ever since. The Table Rock Creamery Association
was organized in the fall of 1883, and Mr. Sutton ac-
cepted the position of its superintendent in the spring
of 1884, and has by perse verence and industry suc-
ceeded in building up one of the most successful en-
terprises of the kind in the state, doing a business of
two hundred thousand dollars a year. Mr. Sutton be-
came a member of the Nebraska State Dairymen's As
sociation at the time of its organization, and has been
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one of its active members ever since; has been honored
by being elected its president and a member of its
board of directors. Mr. Sutton has always been a
stanch republican, but never took an active part in
politics until 1891, when he was made a member of the
county central committee and secured the largest re-
publican vote ever polled in Table Rock precinct. He
was rewarded for his diligence and perseverance by
being elected chairman of the Pawnee county republi-
can central committee. In this position he success-
fully managed the campaigns of the party for two
years, and secured the nomination by acclamation 1894
for the house of representatives, and was elected over
the demo-pop combine by an overwhelming majority
after the hardest fought campaign ever made in
Pawnee county. He served on the following com-
mittees in the house: chairman committee on agri-
culture, member committees on miscellaneous corpora-
tions, and soldiers' home.
HON. ALEXANDER N. THOMAS,
J ROM the forty-first dis-
trict, Hamilton county
is one of the old soldiers
' among our law makers. He
was born in Philadelphia, Pa.,
»^ June 5, 1839. In 1854 he came
J west to South Bend, Indiana,
after spending a year in Ohio.
He attended the public schools
of that state and was in college
when the Civil War broke out.
He enlisted in the seventy-
third Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served until the
close of the war. He was for a while orderly sergeant
and later first lieutenant in Company C, and had,
charge of the entire company during the battle of
Murfreesboro. In 1867 he was elected recorder of St.
Joseph county, Indiana, on the republican ticket, and
was re-elected in 1871 for another term. He was also
mayor of South Bend one term. In 1882 he moved
with his family to Hamilton county, where he has re-
sided for the past nine years. Mr. Thomas has seved
both as councilman and mayor of Aurora, and gained
the thorough confidence of his constituents in both
positions. The sequel is seen in his present position
to which he was elected last fall. Mr. Thomas is chair-
man of the committee on soldiers' home, and be-
longs to the committees on library and benevolent
HON, HERMAN TIMME,
tS one of the republican
members from Douglas
county. He is one of the many
good citizens our country owes
to Germany, having been born
in Salzgitter-Hanover, Ger-
many. He graduated at the
Collegium Carolinum, at Bruns-
wick, and just afterwards came
to this country with his father in
1854. Here he attended East-
man's Business College, at
Poughkeepsie, N. Y., and Chicago and was graduated
at that institution. In 1856 he came to Nebraska, and
engaged in farming for several years. Leaving Ne-
braska for Chicago in i860, he there entered mercantile
life, and remained in Illinois for four years. He re-
turned to this state at the end of that time, and was
employed for a time in the quartermaster's department
at Omaha. In 1869 he became a farmer again on the
Papillion, Douglas county. He lived here for a num-
ber of years, but moved to the town of Bennington,
in I887 and opened a general store. He still carries
on a large business in general merchandise at this
place. Mr. Timme is chairman of the committee on
fish culture and game, and is a member of the com-
mittees on internal improvements and insane hospital.
HON. JNO. C. VAN HOUSEN,
^AS born at Lexington,
d^a;:\i'c. Green county, N. Y.,
February 23, 1844. He was
reared on a farm, but at the age
^^^^ of twenty-one went to the
jft ^^^BB^i lumber woods of Pennsylvania,
" ^^^^^ and worked at White Haven in
that state for three years. On
March 4, 1868, he married
Mary C. Baldwin, and in the
following February came to
Nebraska, locating at Schuyler,
Colfax county. He soon after lost his wife, and this
period was one of the gloomy periods in his life. Left
bereaved, with no resources, and twenty-one dollars in
debt, the outlook was not encouraging. He borrowed
enough to pay his small debts, however, and took a
homestead near Schuyler. In the fall of 1869, he was
elected superintendent of Colfax county. In Septem-
ber, 1870, he married Kate A. Mohr. In August, 1872,
he went to the silver mines in the mountains and after
spending three years there returned to Colfax county,
and has farmed in that county ever since. Mr. Van
Housen's sturdy integrity of character has been re-
peatedly shown on the part of his fellow citizens by his
election to various offices in their gift. He has served
as assessor seven years, was a member of the state
senate in 1891, and of the house in 1893. and was re-
elected to the house last fall. Mr. Van Housen lives
two miles southwest of Schuyler on a farm of 320 acres
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which he declares is the best in Colfax county. He
has one son and four daughters. He has always been
a democrat and holds fast to that faith. He is a mem-
ber of the committees on public lands and buildings
and internal improvements.
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HON ADDISON WAIT,
^|NE of the stanch republi-
^^^ i ^p can members of the house,
^^^^^^ i was born at Woodstock, Ohio,
B May 26, 1846. Here he was
^ iC^ ^, educated and lived until he was
' ^fc -' eighteen years old, when he en -
^^ B. jj listed in the Ohio Volunteer
J ^/^^^ Infantry, and went from Camp
•^^^B^^^ ^^^^ Chase, Columbus, to Washing-
^^^^|^^*^^^^^^^H ton, where he was placed in the
^^^^K ^^^^^1 ^^^^^y ^^ ^^^ Potomac, in which
^^^^H ^^^^^H he served until the close of the
war. He had all the varied experiences and escapes
that accompany a life on the battlefield. From Ohio
he came to Nebraska City in 1870, where he was first
employed as telegragh operator on the Midland Pacific
railroad. He has lived in Otoe county ever since he
came to the state. Mr. Wait is now engaged in the
wholesale produce business at Syracuse, which place
has been his home for some years past, and from which
city he has been returned as representative of the sixth
district. Mr. Wait is chairman of the committee on
public printing, and belongs to the committees on
militia and cities and towns.
HON. MORRIS H. WART,
iAS born March 27, 1835,
at Boylston, New York.
His father was a farmer, and
young Wart lived on the farm
until grown to manhood. His
education was received in the
jmblic schools of Oswego
county. He married here, and
with his wife and two children
Uived on a farm in the same
county until 1867, when he
brought his family west to
Woodford county, Illinois. Here he remained engaged
in farming until 1889, when he moved to a farm near
Creighton, Nebraska which is his present home. Mr.
Wart cast his first vote for John C. Fremont, and voted
with the republicans until 1876, when he voted for
Peter Cooper. He has never been an office hunter
nor an office holder, and was much surprised when the
nomination for representative was given to him by his
Knox county friends. He has belonged to the popu-
list party for nearly ten years, though in no sense of
the word a politician. Mr. Wart belongs to the com-
mittees on mines and minerals and apportionment.
HON. LEWIS C. WEBER,
^^r^/^AS born at Louisville.
'Mlb^i Ky., forty-nine years
ago. He received his educa-
tion in the high school and
commercial college, after which
he clerked in a dry goods store
for a time. In 1862 he enlisted
in the Sixty-fifth Indiana Vol-
unteers, and served till the
close of the war. He was en-
gaged in a number of battles,
^ and wounded seriously at Bean
Station, East Tennessee, December 14, 1863. In the
fall of 1866 he married at Evansville, Ind. In 1869 he
moved to Washington county, this state, where he set-
tled on a farm. From the trouble his old wounds
caused, he was obliged to give up farming in 188 1. He
then moved to Arlington, where he has since been en-
gaged in the drug business, in connection with general
merchandise. He has been school director for seven-
teen years, member of the village board for a number
of years, for some time its chairman. He has also been
chairman of the county board. Mr. Weber is a mem-
ber of the G. A. R., having joined in 1866, soon after
its organization. He is a Mason of high standing. He
was elected to the legislature as a strong republican,
by the thirteenth district. Mr. Weber is a member of
the committees on internal improv^ements, library, be-
nevolent institutions, and fees and salaries.
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HON. TRUMAN G. WILDER,
tive from the forty-fourth
district, was born in Jefferson
county, New York, August 30,
1839. When he was sixteen
years old he came with his par-
ents to Illinois, where they lo-
cated in Whiteside county.
During the war the young man
I served in the Union army from
I September, 1861, to September,
1864, in the 8th Illinois Cavalry.
He was in a number of engagements, some of which
are Rappahannock, Williamsburg, the seven days
siege of Richmond, Bull Run, Antietam, Chancellors-
ville, Gettysburg, and others, besides many skirmishes.
Throughout the war he was with the army of the Po-
tomac, twice receiving serious wounds. After the war,
in 1865, he married Miss Orrel L. Congue, of White-
side county. In 1869 the family moved to Iowa, where
they resided for ten years, going from there to Repub-
lic county, Kansas, which was their home for four
years. In 1883 Mr. Wilder again moved his family to
Webster county, Nebraska, and settled at once on his
present farm in Pleasant Hill township. He comes of
sturdy republican stock, and has followed in the foot-
steps of his elders, politically. He is a member of the
G. A. R., and was county supervisor for three years,
and the last year was chairman of the board. Mr.
Wilder is a member of the committees on internal im-
provements, revenue and taxation, and fish culture,
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HON. JAMES W. ZINK,
LOUP CITY, NEBRASKA,
POPULIST member of
the lower house, was
born in Sullivan county, Ind.,
in 1846. He has always been
a farmer, and took his first
homestead in Clay county,
Iowa, in 1871. He moved to
Nance county, this state, in
1880, where he lived for eight
years, going at the end of that
time into Sherman county,
where he has resided ever since.
Mr. Zink is still tarming, and is also largely engaged
in stock raisinor. He formerly belonged to the demo-
cratic party, but was interested in the greenback move-
ment, and later allied himself with the independents in
1890, being one of the strong promoters of the party.
He took an active part in the convention at Ravenna
in 1890, being always an aggressive worker for his
party. He belongs to the committees on penitentiary,
and fish culture and game.
of the service near
When mustered out
HON. VALENTINE ZINK,
^AS born in Baden, Ger-
^4&1 many, in 1844. Came
to America with his parents in
1847, where they settled in
Henry county, Ohio, where he
resided until the breaking out
of the Civil War, when he en-
listed in Company B, 38th
Ohio Volunteer Infantry in
July, 1861, in which company
he served until the close of
the war, and was mustered out
Louisville, Ky., July 12, 1865.
he was in the 3d Brigade, 3d
Division, 14th Army Corps. He was one of the
seventeen of the original one hundred men that left
Napoleon, Ohio, in 1861 to return with his company.
The most important battles in which he participated,
were: Wild Cat Mountain, Mill Springs, Perryville, Ky.,
Shiloh, siege of Corinth, Stone River, Chickamauga,
Missionary Ridge, campaign in front of Atlanta, and
Jonesborough, Ga. Marched with Sherman to the Sea,
and through the Carolinas to Richmond, thence to
Washington, D. C, and was on grand review of Sher-
man's army. He cast his first vote for our lamented
Lincoln, for second term, and has ever since been a
republican. He was married to Jennie L. Bales in 1866,
and came to Nebraska the same year, and in 1867 re-
moved to Johnson county, and Sterling precinct where
he has ever since resided. Has four sons. Has never
held any public office except postmaster, under the late
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Harrison's administration. He was a candidate before
the republican county convention for representative
and was nominated on the first ballot. He defeated
his demo-pop opponent in nearly every precinct in the
county, and was one of John M. Thurston's first sup-
porters for the U. S. senate. Was a member on the
following house committees: public lands and build-
ngs, accounts and expenditures, and public printing.
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HON. SILAS ALEXANDER HOLCOMB,
BROKEN BOW, NEBRASKA,
^AS born in 1858, in Gib-
son county, Indiana,
was raised upon a farm,
where he worked during the
summer, and went to school in
the winter. His education was
finished at a Normal school. At
the age of seventeen he began
to teach school, which he fol-
lowed for four years. During
this time he prepared himself
for college. In 1878 his father
died, eft him the head of the family. He came to
Nebraska in 1879, and settled in Hamilton county^
with his mother and younger brothers and sisters.
There he worked on a farm for a year and then entered
the law office of Messrs. Thummel and Piatt, at
Grand Island, Neb. He remained with them two
years and was then admitted to the bar. In 1882, he
was married to Miss Martha Alice Brinson, of Cass
county. One year later he moved to Broken Bow,
Neb., where he now resides, and has practiced law ever
since. In 1891, he was elected judge in the twelfth judi-
cial district, defeating F. G. Hamer, a republican. His
career, both as a judge and as a lawyer, has been abso-
lutely without reproach. In politics Judge Holcomb
is independent, and in 1894 received the unanimous
nomination at the populist state convention for gov-
ernor, and was endorsed by the democrats at their
convention held in Omaha a few weeks later, and was
elected by a flattering plurality, notwithstanding the
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balance of the republican state ticket was elected by
majorities from 5,000 to 9,000. The campaign was
fought bitterly, and in the face of the republica land-
slide everywhere Governor Holcomb's election was one
of the most remarkable things in the campaign — a
testimonial to his personal worth almost without pre-
cedent. Even the dread appellation "populist," could
not shake the confidence which the people felt in the
good judgment of such a man as Governor Holcomb,
and, with his experience as one of the best district
judges on the bench, he will fill the positipn as chief
executive of the state of Nebraska with credit to him-
self, his party, and the state. He and his estimable
wife are members of the Christian church and will
make many warm and ardent friends in the community
where they will reside. Three beautiful children are
the joy of the Holcomb household: Harold, nine years;
Marion, aged seven years, and Nettie, five years, and
are loved by all who know them.
HON. ROBERT E. MOORE.
lEUT. GOVERNOR of
\ Nebraska, was born in
Clark county, Illinois, October
22, 1849, i" ^ ^^S cabin. His
father was a Methodist min-
ister, and the family resided
in various towns of that state
until he was tweuty one years
old. He was educated in the
common schools until sixteen
years of age, at which time he
entered the Wesleyan Univer-
sity at Bloomington, Illinois, where he remained for
four years and was graduated in the classical course
in June, 1869. He then divided his time for two years
between teaching school and studying law, and was
admitted to the bar at Champaign, Illinois, in 1871.
He came to Lincoln at once and opened a law office
in the latter part of April. In 1873 he was elected
police judge, and the next year he formed with Amasa
Cobb and T. M. Marquette a partnership for the prac-
tice of law which continued for four years. He was
mayor of Lincoln for two years, during which time
taxes were lower than before, or than they have been
at any time since. It was conceded by all that the
business of the city was honestly and economically
done during Mr. Moore's term of office. He has since
been three times elected to the sen:ite from Lancaster
county. He has always been a careful business man,
and has at various times been president of the Fin t
National Bank of Red Cloud, president of the Union
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Savings Bank of Lincoln, and vice president of the
Lincoln National Bank of the same city. He has also
done a great deal of business in Nebraska securities.
Mr. Moore's official record must have proved very sat-
isfactory to his constituents and others, as he was
elected to the position of lieutenant governor in 189/,
in which position the state may expect to profit by his
fine executive and business ability.
HON. JOSEPH S. HARTLEY,
^^TATE TREAURER, was
@ born October 28, 1858,' in
Dearborn county, Indiana. He
was reared on a farm, and h s
education, like that of most of
the boys who grew up on tlie
farm a generation ago, was ac-
quired in the common schools
of the place of his birth. From
Indiana he moved to Kanka-
kee, 111., and from that place
he came, in 1880, to Holt
jounty, in this state, and engaged in the stock business
and in farming. In this occupation he developed a
business ability which was evidently capable of being
used in a wider field, and in 1884 he began a banking
business at Atkinson, Holt county. His success in
this business and his popularity and ability as an or-
ganizer brought him into prominence in state politics,
and soon made him a prominent candidate for state
treasurer. When the state convention of 1892 met it
was evident that Mr. Hartley's following made his
nomination a certainty, and the event of the ballot
confirmed the predictions. His renomination and re-
election in 1894 was, of course, a foregone conclusion.
As the head of the banking board Mr. Hartley's ser-
vices through the panic year were invaluable, and
evinced his sound financial judgment and unusual ex-
ecutive ability. In the performance of his duty Mr.
Hartley, has several times taken positions which have
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subjected him to temporary criticism, but without ex-
ception, when the issues have been carried to the su-
preme court, his course has been vindicated, and the
soundness of his views confirmed.
HON. ARTHUR S. CHURCHILL,
^4| of the State of Nebraska,
was born in Erie county, N. Y.,
February 2, 1844, and came
with his parents to Wisconsin
in 1846. He was reared on a
farm, and went to school in the
winter, until he was fifteen
years old, when he went to the
high school, Monroe, Wiscon-
sin, a year, and afterwards
spent one year at the Evans-
ville Academy, Evansville, Wis. In 1862, he enlisted
in the 22d Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He was
captured at Spring Hill, Tennessee, and had a taste of
Libby prison. He was exchanged later, and went
south in 1863, under Rosencrans, and subsequently
served under Grant at Lookout Mountain, and also
marched with Sherman to Atlanta and to the sea, re-
maining with the army until the close of the war. He
then entered the Chicago university, and took the
classical course. In 1869 he was admitted to the bar at
Newton, Iowa, and began practicing law at Atlantic
the same year. He practiced there, both in the State
and Federal courts, until 1885, when he moved to
Omaha, where he continued the practice of his pro-
fession. Mr. Churchill has always been a republican, and
has taken active part in the politics of his section. In
1886, he was a member of the republican judicial com-
mittee from Douglas county, and in 1892 was chair-
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man of the Douglas county republican central com-
mittee. In the fall of 1894, he was nominated and
elected to the office of attorney general.
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HON. HENRY RICHMOND CORBETT,
was born at Trenton, Illinois, in
^^^ VB i 1864. His father was a minis-
^ Ji^ I ter, and, his health failing in
^^^ */ i 1878, he moved with his family
— X V i to Nebraska and engaged in
^^^^ , ^^^^,1 niercantile business at Nelson,
i^^^^H^L ^^^^m I Nuckolls county. The son was
^^^^^^^p^|B^ I soon afterwards sent back to
^^^^^B^^B^ I an academy in Vermont to
^^^^HiB^K^ I school. On account of his
father's poor health, he returned to Nebraska the
next year. The family next moved to a farm near
Nelson, and the young man farmed in the summer and
taught school in the winter. Some time later he went
to Ames, Iowa, and entered the agricultural college
there. At the close of his junior year he was called
home by the death of his father, which left him the
head of the family. He took his last year in college
at Hastings College, and was graduated in the class of
'89. Since that time he has taught constantly in this
state, both in the institutes and as superintendent of
city schools. Mr. Corbett is a republican and became
state superintendent in January, 1895. He is a member
of the Presbyterian church, and, being a single man,
lives with his mother and sisters in this city.'
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HON. EUGENE MOORE,
^Ij^^AS born at Dahlonega,
^d|]j)i Wapello county, Iowa,
w^^ July" 13, 1853. He lived at Ot-
■ J tumwa, in the same county,
7 , J until twenty-two years old, and
VJBI obtained his education in the
^^^2^^^^ common schools. He clerked
^^^HTj^^^^^^^ in various mercantile and busi-
^^^^^/t^^^^f institutions several years
of his early life, besides farm-
ing four years and teaching
school two years. Before he
moved to Cass county. Neb., in 1877, he had become a
professional stenographer, and soon after settling at
Plattsmouth in that year, he was appointed official
court stenographer by Judge Valentine, for the court
of the sixth judicial district. Upon receiving this ap-
pointment he removed to West Point and served as
court reporter under Judges Valentine, Barnes, Craw-
ford, and Norris, until January i, 1893, when he re-
signed to qualify as auditor of public accounts. Mr.
Moore's vigorous, honest, and fearless administration of
the affairs of his office for the first term resulted in his
nomination and election for a second term in 1894. Mr.
Moore was married on June 1 1, 1879. He was admitted
to practice in the district courts of Nebraska in 1885,
and has served as United States commissioner and
master in chancery. He has always been a stanch re-
publican, ready to help his party by vote and work.
In the administration of his office he has been watchful
and thorough, and has made it a rule never to approve
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any claims against the state until satisfied there was
warrant of law for such action as well as precedent, or
the statement of somebody else as to its correctness
and legality. While this course has occasionally in-
vited the criticism of those whose interests were
directly or indirectly involved, it has met the approval
of the voters and taxpayers of the state.
HON. JOEL A. PIPER,
SECRETARY OF STATE
^^ was born in Oxford
county, Ontario, June 3, 185 1.
He removed with his father,
Joseph B. Piper, to Nemaha
county, Nebraska, when he
was seventeen years old. His
father bought and improved
the farm on which South
Auburn is now located. As
soon as he became of age, in
1872, he went to Harlan
county, this state, and took up a homestead near the
head of Methodist creek, about six miles northeast of
Alma. Mr. Piper was a young man of energy and di-
vided his time between school-teaching and farming,
and as soon as the land adjoining him was patented,
he purchased land, until at one time, he had nearly
two thousand acres in a body, which he had well
stocked, but as stock raising became less profitable
he sold off his stock and most of his land. But the
place still retains the name of the " Piper Ranch.''
Mr. Piper has been one of Harlan county's favorite
sons. In 1875, he was elected sheriff, which office he
held for one term, declining a renomination for that
office. In 1879 he was elected to the office of super-
intendent of public instruction, and in 1881, while serv-
ing in that capacity, was elected county clerk, which
office he held until January, 1892. Mr. Piper has al-
ways been a stanch republican and for the last four
226 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
terms of office for county clerk, he received his nom-
ination by acclamation at the hands of his party, and
was generally elected by very handsome majorities,
which resulted from his always being at his post and
his fair dealings with all parties. When he retired
from public office in 1892, he opened an abstract office
in Alma, having the only complete set of abstract
books of Harlan county, which business he was con-
ducting when he was elected secretary of state. Mr. Pi-
per was married, February 22, 1877, to Miss Jennie E.
Proctor, a favorite school teacher of Harlan county.
They have three bright children. Jennie, Nellie, and
Elsie, who are just turning to womanhood.
HON. HENRY C. RUSSELL,
^ PUBLIC LANDS AND
BUILDINGS, was born in
Harrison county, Ohio, No-
vember 26, 1843. When he
was about ten years of age his
parents moved to Washington
county, Iowa, where he lived
until he came to the " Tree
Planters " state to make his per-
manent home. This was in 1876.
: April 18, 1861, he enlisted in the
2d Iowa Infantry, and was at the capture of Fort Don-
aldson. He was wounded at Shiloh and again, while on
special service, was shot clear through the body, the ball
lodging near the spine, and it is there yet, often, by no
means a gentle reminder that he was once a soldier.
He was mustered out of the ranks in 1864, but re-
mained in the service on special duty until 1867.
On his final leave from the army he went to Mem-
phis, Tenn., for a year. He then studied law, and
was admitted to the bar in 1872, on his return to
Washington county, Iowa. In 1870 he was sergeant-
at-arms in the Iowa legislature. In 1876 he came to
Schuyler, Neb., where he has lived ever since. He was
elected county judge in 1876, and served two terms.
His decisions were upright, and his character for justice
unimpeachable. 'He has always been in active political
life, and came honestly by his love of politics, for his
father, '* Sam" Russell, as everyone called him, was
one of the most prominent and ardent republicans in
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his part of Iowa, very widely known as a legislator
and as an active and fearless friend or foe, and the
son takes after him. He was captain of Company I,
25th Iowa Infantry, after he was forty-five years old.
In the late campaign Judge Russell canvassed the en-
tire state. He is a forcible speaker, and no doubt
helped the ticket in in my places. He is the author of
the phrase ''stand up for Nebraska." He first used it
at a state central committee meeting and later in a
public speech at Lincoln,
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 23 1
HON. JACOB B. ERION,
SOUTH OMAHA, NEBRASKA,
P^pAS born in Tiscaravvas
.^yp)^ county, O., Auc^ust 29,
1842. He is of German de-
scent, and lived on a farm near
Mt. Vernon, O., with his par-
ents until he was grown. He
enlisted in the army upon the
breaking out of the war, when
eighteen years old, and in 1861
was in the infantry of the Army
of the Potomac where he served
through the war. In 1864 he
married Miss Mary Leonard, and soon afterwards
moved to Linn county, la., where he farmed for some
time. Five years later he moved to Bates county. Mo.,
where he still farmed, but besides taught school and
filled the office of justice of the peace. He returned
to Iowa in 1876, and soon afterwards engaged in the
publishing business in that state. In the fall of 1885
he sold his paper, the Lewis Independe7it, and moved
to South Omaha, where he owned and edited the
Weekly Globe for a few months, and then established
the Daily Stockman. This paper he sold in 1888, and
has since been connected with the Omaha Bee. After
the election of Governor Crounse he was appointed
deputy commissioner of labor and industrial statistics,
which office he filled until his successor was appointed
by Governor Holcomb. Mr. Erion has lived in South
Omaha for ten years, and has always been much inter-
ested in the city's welfare and growth.
BIiJGRArH.CVL SKll I ClIKS.
HON. JAMKS HARLKX EDMISTEN,
S of Texan nativity, being
born in Cook county in
When fifteen years of
age he removed with his
father from the Lone Star
state, and has since resided in
Nebraska. His energy and
ambition were early displayed
by a courageous and successful
effort against obstacles to
secure a good education. After
a course of study at the State
Normal scliool at Peru, Neb., he taught school for
several years. He married Miss Belle Higgins, of
Nemaha county, when he was twenty-one years of age,
and, after living a few years in Nuckolls county, re-
moved to Dawson county, in order to fulfill his ambi-
tion to own and operate large farming interests. In
his business he was successful, and he won the esteem
of his fellow citizens of Dawson county. In the fall of
1886 he was elected county commissioner on the
democratic ticket in a strong republican district, and
the following year he was further honored by election
as treasurer of the county. Despite the determined
opposition of favored politicians, he was re-elected two
years later and made an efficient officer. In 1890 Mr.
Edmisten endorsed the principles of the people's
party and has been an active worker for the populisi
cause since then. He successfully managed Congress-
man's Kem's canvass in 1892 in the sixth district. As
chairman of the state central committee he labored
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 233
successfully for the election of Governor Holcomb.
Being of a genial temperament, social and agreeable,
Mr. Edmisten has a host of friends, while his fearless
advocacy of the people's cause make him respected by
his political opponents. The first appointment made
by Governor Holcomb outside of the executive office
force was that of Mr. Edmisten, of Eddyville, Daw-
son county, as state oil inspector, to take effect Febru-
ary I, 1895. I^ ^^^ been generally conceded that Mr.
Edmisten would be given the coveted place on ac-
count of his popularity in the party and his able man-
agement of the campaign as chairman of the populist
state committee. His ability, efficiency, and unques-
tioned integrity insure an honest and capable admin-
istration of the duties of the office.
GEN. JAMES DUDLEY GAGE,
IJ^DJUTANT GENERAL of
the state, a lineal de-
scendant of two Massachusetts -
governors, Joseph Dudley and
Thos. Gage, was born at Bethel,
Vt., June 27, 1842. His parents
died when he was six years old,
and he was bound out to a
Canadian for eleven years after
their death. He attended
school only eleven weeks dur-
ing these years. He worked
on a tarm near Manchester, N. H., for two years, and
in 1861 enlisted in the 1st New England Cavalry, and
transferred to the 1st Rhode Island Cavalry, April,
1862, and 1st New Hampshire Cavalry, 1863. He
served in the Army of the Potomac, and took part in
thirty-three battles from Bull Run to Appomattox, and
was at various times under several of the most distin-
guished cavalry leaders, among them Bufort, Bayard,
Kilpatrick, and Custer. He was wounded three times,
and was taken prisoner at Gettysburg, and spent some
time in the palatial quarters of both Libby and Belle
Island. He was made lieutenant in 1863, and led the
regiment at Five Forks, Va. In 1865 he was made har-
bor master of Richmond, and a year later he was given
command of the U. S. Burial Corps, at the same place.
He laid out the national cemeteries at Ft. Harrison and
Richmond, and was finally discharged in October, 1867.
He came to Nebraska in 1871, and took a homestead
in Franklin county, and built the first mill in the Re-
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 235
publican valley, at Naponee, Neb. General Gage was
appointed adjutant general, March 24, 1893, by Gov-
ernor Crounse, serving two years. February 20, 1895,
he was appointed assistant adjutant general of the de-
partment of Nebraska. He is a strong republican, and
is always a firm advocate of party principles. General
Gage married Miss Estella E. Dougla.<= in 1874, and
has two childiren, a boy and a girl.
HON. WILLIAM A. DILWORTH,
fECRETARY of the board
of transportation, waS
born at Lewiston, Illinois, in
1854. In 1870 he came to
Lincoln, Nebraska, and lived
there for three years, and at-
tended the state university
when it was first established.
In 1874 he went to Phelps
county and lived on a home-
stead farm for some years.
While in Phelps county he
served as county clerk for four years, and then in 1881
he was also admitted to the bar. Two years afterwards
he came to Hastings, and that city is his home at the
present time. He was appointed secretary of the
board of transportation ini89l, and holds this position
now. He was made grand chancellor of the grand
lodge of Knights of Pythias in 1893. ^^ politics, Mr.
Dilworth has always been a strong republican. His
address in Lincoln is 1821 Prospect street.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 237
HON. JOSEPH W. JOHNSON.
7IEMBER of the state
^irf/.T??' board of transportation
was born in Des Moines, Iowa,
in 1850, and came to Nebraska
in 1875. H^ was admitted to
the bar in 1875, but never en-
tered upon the practice of law.
He taught in the schools of
Rulo, Falls City, and Sutton.
After giving up this work in
the schools at Sutton, he en-
tered into the real estate busi-
ness at that place and continued in the business for
twelve years, covering the period of greatest activity
in Nebraska farm lands. During two years of this
time he was postmaster of Sutton, and was for some
time editor and proprietor of the Sutton Advertiser, As
a newspaper man, Mr. Johnson became known as one
of the brightest writers and closest observers of men
and events in this state. These qualities enabled him
to render valuable service to the republican party, and in
1891 he was appointed member of the state board of
transportation, a position which he has held continu-
ously since that time. Mr. Johnson is thoroughly
posted on railroad matters and is exceptionally fa-
mliar with the history and details of Nebraska politics.
238 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
HON. JASPER NEWTON KOONTZ,
§S a native of Ohio. Born
April 9, 1844. Educated
in the common schools, except
three terms at Mount Union
College. He enlisted in the
army, July, 1861, at the age
of seventeen years; served
through the war as a private in
the Fifth Indiana Battery;
came to Nebraska in 1884 and
took a homestead in Hayes
county, and still holds the same
as his home place. Represented the twenty-ninth sen-
atorial district at the twenty-second session of the Ne-
braska legislature; was appointed secretary of the state
board of transportation in 1891, and served four years.
Senator Koontz has made a large number of warm
friends during the past six years, and made an efficient
officer of the state board of which he was a member.
Independent in politics, married, and has great faith in
Nebraska. Is a member of the K. of P., F. O. P., and
G. A. R.
HON. T. L. NORVAL,
|Y virtue of his seniority of
service chief justice of
the supreme court of Nebraska,
was born in Fulton county, III.,
August 26, 1847. He became
a resident of Nebraska in
March, 1872, when he moved
to Seward county. Judge
Norval early gained recogni-
tion as a leading member of
the Nebraska bar. In 1879 he
represented Seward county in
the state senate. In 1883 he was appointed by Gover-
nor Dawes judge of the sixth judicial district, to fill
the vacancy caused by the resignation of Judge Geo.
W. Post. He was elected to the same office at the ex-
piration of the term for which he was appointed in the
fall of 1883, and was re-elected in 1887. In 1889 Judge
Norval received the nomination of the republican
party for judge of the supreme court and, upon his
election to that office, resigned his position as district
judge, in which he had served continuously to that
HON. A. M. POST,
fMjUDGE of the supreme court
^J of the state of Nebraska,
was born in Washington county,
Penn., August lO, 1846. His
father was a Presbyterian min-
ister, and his paternal grand-
father a Connecticut Yankee of
English descent. His mother's
relatives were all Scotch-Irish.
He entered Ohio University
upon completion of his com-
mon school education, and
graduated from that institution in 1869. He was ad-
mitted to the bar in Iowa in 1870, and practiced law in
that state until December, 1876, with the exception of
two years, during which he was in the consular service
of the United States. He was appointed judge of the
fourth judicial district in March, 1883, and upon the
expiration of the term for which he was appointed
was elected for the full term in November, 1883, and
was re-elected in 1887. At the republican convention
in the summer of 1891 he was nominated for judge of
the supreme court and was elected in November. Judge
Post has made an excellent record during his long ser-
vice injudicial positions, and is looked upon as one of
the ablest of Nebraska's jurists.
HON. T. O. C. HARRISON,
GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA,
/^^NE of the three judges of
%^i the supreme court of the
State of Nebraska was born in
New Burlington, Clinton
county, O., May 22, 1849. ^^
became a resident of Nebraska
in March, 1873, when he moved
to Hall county, and located
at Grand Island. In 1876 the
office of county judge of Hall
county having become vacant
by the resignation of the incum-
bent, Mr. Harrison was appointed to that office for the
unexpired term. At the end of this term he was elected
to the office and was subsequently re-elected for another
term. He served in the legislature of 1883 as state
senator from Hall and Hamilton counties. In April,
1887, he was appointed judge of the district court, of
the eleventh judicial district, by Govnrnor Thayer.
When the term for which he was appointed expired in
the fall, Judge Harrison was elected his own successor.
He was re-elected in 1891, and continued to hold the
office until he resigned to assume the duties of judge
of the supreme court of Nebraska, to which he was
nominated in the fall of 1893 by the republicans of the
state, and elected in November. Judge Harrison has
preserved, throughout his service in the several judicial
offices he has filled, a reputation for impartiality and
strict integrity, as might be confidently inferred from
his continuous service and steady promotion.
HON. ROBERT RYAN,
^5^ HE republican member of
^^> supreme court commis-
sion, was born in Washington
county. New York, July 27,
1842. After completing his
general education he entered
upon a course of law, and upon
graduating was admitted to the
bar in the supreme court of
Iowa in 1867. When he moved
to Nebraska he located in Lin-
» coin, where he soon became a
member of the bar. When the act creating the su-
preme court commission went into effect in 1893,
providing that no two of the members of the commis-
sion should be selected from the same political party,
Mr. Ryan was appointed as the republican member of
HON. FRANK IRVINE,
^^^^^^ ! ^1^"^ ^^ ^^^ three supreme
^^^^^^r I ^P court commissioners, was
^r ^^0^^ I ^^^^ ^^ Sharon, Pa., in 1858.
^^^H ^B ! He had good school advan-
^^^P«^ ^P I tages during his youth, and
V ^^^hT ! ^^^^^ ^^^ usual preparation en-
" ^^BKl f tered Cornell University, from
which he graduated in 1S83.
After finishing his literary
course at Cornell he took a law
course at the law school of the
' National University at Wash-
ington, from which he graduated in 1883. In the same
year he was admitted to the bar of the supreme court
of the District of Columbia, and for one year after ad-
mission to practice was one of the assistants to the
United States district attorney for the District of Co-
lumbia. In 1884 Mr. Irvine moved to Omaha. In 1891
he was appointed judge of the district court by Gov-
ernor Boyd, and was elected for the full term in No-
vember of that year. When the constantly increasing
accumulation of cases in the supreme court led the
legislature of 1893 to create a supreme court commis-
sion of three to serve for two years in assisting the
court to clear up the docket, Mr. Irvine was appointed
one of the commissioners. In the fall 1893 he was a
candidate for judge of the supreme court on the demo-
cratic ticket, and was defeated by the usual democratic
244 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
HON. JOHN M. RAGAN,
[pEMBER of the supreme
court commission, was
born in Illinois on Christmas
day, 1851. He obtained his ed-
ucation in that state, and stud-
ied law there after finishing his
general education. In 1876 he
was admitted to the bar of that
state, and after two years' prac-
tice there came west and lo-
cated at Hastings. This was
in October, 1878, and he has
been a resident of Hastings ever since. Mr. Ragan has
been constantly engaged in the practice of law, and
has taken a high place among the members of the
Nebraska bar. He has represented many important
interests, and has exerted an important influence in
political matters in his district. Upon the creation of
the supreme court commission in 1893, he was selected
one of the three members of that body, in which ca-
pacity he has served for the last two years.
HON. DAVID A. CAMPBELL,
|EPORTERof the supreme
court and also clerk of the
supreme court and state libra-
rian, was born at Miller's Sta-
tion, Harrison county, O., Octo-
ber 5, 1857. He was educated in
the public schools of his native
state and at Hopcdale College.
He moved to Kansas in l877and
remained there one year. In
1878 he came to Nebraska and
^ located at Plattsmouth, Cass
county. In 1885 was elected treasurer of Cass county, and
was re-elected in 1887. In 1890 he was appointed re-
porter of the supreme court of the state for a term of
four years, and was reappointed in 1895 ^o^' another
term. Mr. Campbell is an accomodating and pleasant
gentleman in both his private and official capacity, and
his special qualifications for the position he occupies
are universally recognized by the attorneys of the
state, and others with whom his office brings him into
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 24/
HON. CHARLES H. MORRILL,
^'^g|EGENT of the state uni-
i^S? versity, and chairman of
the republican state central
committee, was born in Con-
cord, New Hampshire, July 14,
1842, At the age of twenty
years he took up arms in the
'defense of the Union, enlisting
I in the nth New Hampshire
. -Volunteers, in September, and
.serving until the close of the
J war. In 1862 he married Hattie
C. Currier. In 1866, he removed to Hamilton County,
Iowa, and settled on a farm near the town of Stratford.
In 1S71, he came to Nebraska, settling in Polk county,
where the town of Stromsburg now stands. In 1879.
Mr. Morrill was appointed private secretary to Gov-
ernor Albinus Nance, and served in that capacity dur-
ing Governor Nance's term. In 1881, he established the
first bank in Stromsburg. In 1889, ^^^- Morrill was
elected regent of the state university on the republi-
can ticket, and in 1892 was made president of the board.
In 1894, he was placed at the head of the republican
organization in Nebraska as chairman of the state
central committee. Mr. Morrill has been a successful
business man, is an enthusiastic republican, takes great
pride in the state university, and the good name and
standing of the state at large, and is a tireless and
systematic worker in any undertaking in which he
248 BIOr.RAPHICAL SKETCHES.
HON. HENRY D. ESTABROOK,
H^j^^S born in Alden, New
, <^li^)i York, on the 23d of
1 October, 1854. He is the son
of Hon. Experience Estabrook
\ and Caroline Augusta Maxwell
Estabrook. With his parents
\ and sister, Caroline Augusta,
now Mrs. Robert Clowry,
whose husband is vice presi-
dent and general superintend-
ent of the Western Union Tele-
graph Company, the subject
of this sketch came to Omaha in 1855, when, of course,
he was a mere child, and here he has lived ever since.
Henry^s education was received in the public schools
of this city, except a year or two in Washington Uni-
versity, St. Louis. His first distinctive employment
was on the Omaha Bee and Herald as reporter. He
afterwards studied law, graduating with distinction
from the St. Louis Law School in 1876. During the
same year of his graduation from the St. Louis Law
school, Mr. Estabrook was admitted to practice, in
Omaha, in all the courts, state and federal, having since
established a reputation as a lawyer and orator of which
he may well feel proud. He was married on his twenty-
fifth birthday to Miss Clara C. Campbell, a school-
mate in the Omaha High School, and daughter of O.
C. Campbell, formerly assistant postmaster. They
have one child, a daughter, Blanche Deuel Estabrook,
born January i, 1881. It is not too much to say that
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 249
Mr. Estabro.ok ** bounded" into a national reputation
as a lawyer by his connection with the celebrated case
in the supreme court of the United States, entitled,
** James E. Boyd, plaintiff in error, vs. State of Ne-
braska, ex rel. John M. Thayer, defendant in error."
This is the well known case of ** Thayer vs. Boyd,'' a
contest for the governorship of Nebraska. Mr. Esta-
brook is now an honored regent of the State University
of Nebraska and an able and efficient exponent of ed-
ucation. As a speaker and orator he has few equals,
and has a national reputation as an able lawyer.
HON. E. A. HADLEY,
AS born in Hillsdale
^:gLAyi^ county, Michigan, on
the 8th ot January, 1851. His
parents was of the Puritan
stock and is considered a
Yankee. He was brought up
on a farm, and it was there he
was taught what he now con-
siders the best part of true
education, ** self reliance.*'
Strict attendance at the district
school with the daily admoni-
tion to ''fetch," his books home at night did, after
what seemed a long time, resulted in his being placed
among the " Preps," of Hillsdale College, at the time
Poet Carlton was earning his "sheepskin." Owing to
the fact that football and baseball were but little known,
he was able to secure an education sufficient to teach
school several years, and fill the office of school in-
spector. In 1872 Mr. Hadley was married to Miss
Mattie Dunn, of Hillsdale, Mich. He came to Ne-
braska in 1878 and purchased a farm in Dodge county.
Moved to Greeley county in 1887, and has followed
farming and cattle raising ever since. In November,
1891, was elected by the populists as one of the regents
of the state university of Nebraska, and his close at-
tention to the duties of the office has been beneficial
to the interests of the entire state.
HON. J. L. H. KNIGHT,
LEES PARK, NEBRASKA,
^i^NEof the regents of the
H State University of Ne-
braska,was born at Sun Prairie,
Dane county, Wisconsin, May
II, 1857. Was raised on a
farm and attended the graded
1 schools as far as possible until
nineteen years of age. He was
a student two years in the
Beloit College. At the age of
twenty-one he attended the
agricultural college at Lans-
ing, Michigan, receiving the degree of B.S. In 1881
he came to Nebraska and purchased a tree claim at
Lees Park, Custer county, and not long afterwards he
purchased his father's farm of 320 acres adjoining, and
settled down to farm life. In May, 1884 he was mar-
ried to Miss Mary McKee, of Michigan, and his family
now consists of one boy and five girls. Mr. Knight is
largely interested in fine blooded stock, cattle and
hogs, taking an active part in agricultural pursuits.
Was secretary of the Custer county agricultural
society several years. In 1889 he was elected regent
of the state university on the republican ticket, and
has always taken quite an interest in the college farm.
Mr. Knight is an ardent republican and has made a
faithful officer of the university, and is popular with
all his acquaintances of either party
252 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
HON. CHARLES WESTON.
HAY SPRINGS, NEBRASKA,
§S of American parentage,
and was born in New
York City, July 4, 1853. Par-
ents removed to Illinois when
he was quite young and settled
in Champaign county. His
early schooling was obtained
in the public schools of Cham-
paign and Chicago, 111., and he
graduated from the "Univer-
sity of Illinois" in 1876, having
completed with very creditable
standing a tour years' course in the college of literature
and science. After leaving college he taught two
years in the public schools of Illinois. In 1878 he
commenced the study of law in the office of Judge J.
W. Langley, of Champaign, 111., and subsequently
studied with William H. King, of Chicago. Was ad-
mitted to the bar by the supreme court of Illinois in
1879. Was for five years engaged in the practice of
law in the city of Chicago. In 1884 he removed to Wash-
ington territory, and was for a time editor of the Lewis
County Bee, Came to Nebraska in 1886, and has since
resided in the state, being engaged in the mercantile
and banking business most of the time. In addition to
his business pursuits, during the greater portion of
President Harrison's administration, he was editor of
the NoriJnvest NezvSy a republican paper then published
at Hay Springs, Neb. He has resided at Hay Springs
most of the time since coming to the state, and has al-
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ways been interested in educational matters, and has
been almost continually identified, in one capacity or
another, with educational interests. Has always been a
republican in politics, and in 1893 was elected regent
of the state university. Has been successful in busi-
ness. In addition to business and professional pursuits,
has been a student all his life, with special inclination
and progress along the lines of history, political science,
and public finance. He is at present engaged in mer-
cantile and banking pursuits, being president of the
Northwestern State Bank, Hay Springs, Neb.
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HON. C. W. KALEY,
RED CLOUD, NEBRASKA,
p^j^AS born in Union county,
f d|]|S Pennsylvania, December
12, 1846, and when seven years
old removed with his parents
to Carey, Ohio, where he was
raised on a farm. Here he re-
ceived a thorough education in
the^ high schools of that place,
I and Wittenberg College at
Springfield, Ohio, and spent
four years after completing his
I studies teaching school. In
1874, he came to Nebraska and pursued the study of
law in the office of his brother, Hon. H. S. Kaley, of
Red Cloud. He was admitted to the bar in 1876, and
formed a copartnership with his brother. Since then
he has been steadily in the practice at Red Cloud, and
has been successful financially as well as building him-
self up in the esteem of those around him. Mr. Kaley
has several times received evidences of the confidence
and esteem of the people of Webster county. He
was elected to the office of county judge in 1879, and
in 1881, after the death of his brother, he was elected
to fill his unexpired term in the Nebraska legislature,
and served in the special term of 1882. He was ap-
pointed by Governor Nance a member of the state
normal school board. He proved so efficient in his
work that he was twice re-appointed by different gov-
ernors, his term of service extending over twelve
years. His term expired in July, 1893. In the fall of
the same year he was nominated and elected to the
office of regent of the state university.
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HON. JAMES HULME CANFIELD,
^AS born in Delaware,
Ohio, March 18, 1847.
His mother died when he was
eight years old, and he was
brought up by his parental
grandmother on a Vermont
farm. He prepared for college
in the Brooklyn Collegiate and
Polytechnic Institute, Brook-
lyn, N. Y. He was graduated
at Williams College, Massa-
chusetts, in 1868. Desiring to
know something of men and affairs before he should
either teach or (possibly) preach, he engaged in con-
structive railroading in Iowa and Minnesota, 1868-1871,
beginning at the very lowest round of the ladder. He
was admitted to the bar of Michigan, at Jackson, in
1872, and practiced at Saint Joseph, in that state, 1872-
1877. During three years of this time he served the
city (gratuitously) as superintendent of public instruc-
tion. In 1877 he was called to the University of
Kansas. Here he remained as professor of history and
English language and literature, then of history and
political science, then of American history and civics,
until 1891, when he became chancellor of the State Uni-
versity of Nebraska. He was for four years secretary
of the National Education Association, and one year
its president; has been president of the state teach-
ers' associations of both Kansas and Nebraska; is a
member of the American Historical Society, Ameri-
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can Economic Association, American Association of
Civics, Cambridge Political Economy Club, National
Council of Education, and minor educational and
civic organizations. Chancellor Canfield is a member
of the Episcopal church, and has always been promi-
nent in its councils.
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THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA.
In their purpose and development, institutions of learning
differ as the men differ who direct or control or inspire them.
Some restrict the work to the simpler forms of instruction; the
faculty is a faculty of teachers; and ihe chief end seems to be
the imparting of information, with such general culture as can be
secured in connection with this process. Others add to the work
of instruction that of investigation Two classes of workers are
found in their ranks, the teacher and the investigator; or else
each teacher is expected to be an investigator as well. In these
schools scientific work is pushed to the front, laboratories and
appliances are multiplied, the perceptive faculties of the students
are quickened— they think for themselves; and while gathering
perhaps even less information, their development is far more
rapid, and their ultimate power and value is much greater. The
third class of institutions add to all this what may properly be
called the work of application. In these there are teachers and
there are investigators — possibly again united in the same per-
sons, but not long so united; but sooner or later there is a prac-
tical turn given to all work, and applied knowledge is held in
quite as high esteem as any other form The University of Ne-
braska rather belongs in this last class, and perhaps is one of the
most notable examples of this kind of work and development
that is to be seen in the American educational world to-day.
Its teaching force now numbers in all one hundred and twenty-
three. Of these sixteen are full professors at the head of depart-
ments as closely oganized and as vigorously administered as is
any private business. Departmental activity is one of the crown-
ing characteristics and attractions of the university. There is a
healthful and wholesome rivalry which has not yet broken out
in ill feeling or jealousy, but which simply keeps each and all
spurred to the uttermost. There is striving after students, but
not simply for the sake of numbers, and not with any lessening of
the disciplinary side of hard work. These heads of departments
must necessarily be posssessed of much executive ability, and
must give much time to the consideration of the details of de-
partmental work. Each man has a voice in naming his assist-
ants, and each is held entirely responsible for the successful
working of his department. To each department is alloted such
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 26l
share of legislative appropriations as the regents think best ; and
while the expenditures of these moneys are made through the
executive office, and all purchasing and accounting is looked
after with greatest care, still, heads of departments, and these
only, are finally responsible for the wise administration of these
funds. It often happens that these expenditures run up to thou-
sands of dollars, and cov jr the latest and best apparatus that the
world knows. It is readily seen that the head of a department
must have wide and accurate information, must be quick witted
and thoroughly alive to all that is going on in his part of the edu-
cational world, must have the latest information as to his work,
and must know the forms, uses, and makers of the most modern
appliances and apparatus. It is not infrequently necessary for
the head of a department to make long journeys and to visit dis-
tant laboratories in order that he may more successfully equip
his own. During last summer these journeyingsand this expend-
iture of time and money were peculiarly noticeable, some pro-
fessors even crossing the ocean in order that they might know
the very latest and best that the world had in store for them.
These journeyings are not taken at university expense; the bur-
den falls directly upon the instructor. But they are undertaken
cheerfully and heartily and earnestly in behalf of the best ser-
vice that can possibly be given to the state.
Next to full professors come associate professors, and beneath
these adjunct professors and instructors. The line between the
last two is largely that of salary and length of service, their
duties and privileges being about equal. It is the policy of the
university not to place a man in the full chair until he has ac-
complished something worthy of note, has acquitted himself
more than usually well in his chosen field, has secured far more
than a mere local reputation, has in every sense of the word
"won his spurs". It often happens, therefore, that an associate
professor is practically the head of a department; though it is
generally understood that such departments are not fully de-
veloped. Each of the instructors in these different grades works
with large independence as to methods, the only requirement
made of him being results. It is customary, however, in depart-
ments carrying a large number of instructors, to hold weekly
conferences of all workers in the department, in order that there
may be unity of purpose, and, as far as possible, of method as
well. Something of this kind is necessary because students are
liable to wish to pass from division to division, or instructor to
instructor, and the differences between these, therefore, may not
become too great.
The practical beneficence of the university, and its hold upon
the confidence of the state, is shown by the way in which .the
various state organizations cluster about it, as well as by the at-
y i B B l l— 1|»
GRANT MEMORIAL HALL.
titude of individuals who are seeking for expert, unbiased, and
un purchasable knowledge and information. For many years
the state board of agriculture has held its annual meetings at
the university, and has spread its " Corn Show " in Grant memo-
rial hall. The office of the secretary of the state horticultureal
society is in Nebraska hall, the science building, and the mem-
bers of this society come up to the campus yearly for their an-
nual program and for their exhibit of Nebraska fruits. The
State Historical Society has placed its library and its collections
264 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
in the basement of the new library building where it is des-
tined to find, in the near future, most rapid growth and increasing
fame. The State Dairymen's Association turns to the chapel of
the university for its mid-winter meeting, and this organization
also makes an annual display in the armory of the products of
Nebraska dairies. The members of the State Bee-Keepers' As-
sociation, dripping with wisdom and honey, assemble at least an-
nually in the botanical lecture room for the discussion of the
matters of such deep interest in their daily lives; while the State
Teachers' Association would feel itself lost if "headquarters "
were elsewhere than university hall. All these constantly bring
the people of the state into closer and closer contact with the
university; and bring the children of the state, who are at the
university, into keener appreciation of what the best and most
honest and sincere men and women of the state are trying to ac-
complish in their respective spheres. This recognition of mutual
interests, this standing assertion of the dignity of labor, these
repeated opportunities for actual contact with what is being ac-
complished in an industrial way throughout this state must, in
the long run, tell in a most helpful and inspiring manner upon
the thought and lives of the youth of Nebraska. No other uni-
versity has been so wise and active in these directions, and none
has such a strong hold upon the confidence and esteem of what
are sometimes called the common people.
And so this crowd of the great system of public and free edu-
cation is rapidly reaching the point where it will completely
answer Ezra Cornell's definition of a university — "A place where
anybody can learn anything." It stands to day unchallenged as
the center of the best thought, the most active intellectuality,
and the most beneficent planning in Nebraska.
THE NEW CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC.
The regents have long felt that the establishment of a com-
plete school of music in connection with the university was ex-
ceedingly desirable. Heretofore persons desiring extended
study along music lines have been obliged to go much farther
east and at considerable expense.
Some two years ago the regents outlined with great care the
conditions under which alone they felt a conservatory could be
established in connection with the university. This was a de-
parture, pernaps, from the original thought, when instruction in
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music was first offered by the university, but the change seemed
necessary under all existing conditions. As the board had not
the means with which to erect a building or pay a corps of in-
structors they recognized that, although under the direction and
control of the university, this movement would necessarily be
largely of the nature of a personal venture.
It was felt that the first step necessary to the success of a con-
servatory was to secure a director possessing both musical talent
and training, and executive ability, and able to bring to his work
the assurance of success which comes with an unquestionable
record in technical skill, in tact and managerial ability, and in
financiering. After careful examination of the music field the
board selected Prof. Willard Kimball, then of the Iowa Con-
servatory of Music at Iowa College, Grinnell, as satisfying all
The university authorities are at no more expense in connec-
tion with this new school of music than they were when all the
work was carried by two instructors. Mr. Kimball, either in per-
son or through his teachers, caie^ for the music at daily chapel
exercises, carries the four free courses of music offered to the
students of the university: sight singing, choral training, orches-
tral training, and band training; furnishes all the music for pub-
lic occasions; and also answers all reasonable requests for music
numbers in connection with programs of student entertainments.
The erection of the new conservatory building and the equip-
ment of the school, the total already representing an expenditure
of some $25,000, an amount which will be more than double before
the present plans are perfected, represents the private enterprise
of ihe director.
The members of the faculty of the conservatory and the courses
of study are chosen and determined by and with the consent of
the board of regents. For the present year the conservatory
faculty is as follows: Willard Kimball, director, instructor pipe
organ; Martinus Sieveking, Susie Scofield, and Emily Metcalf
Perkins, instructors, piano; John Randolph, instructor, voice;
August Hagenow (leader of university orchestra), and Emily
Hagenow, instructors, stringed instruments; David F. Easterday
(leader of the university cadet band), instructor, wind instru-
ments; Mrs. P. V. M. Raymond, instructor of university choruses;
Edward L. Mouk, instructor, piano tuning; Clara Spencer,
HON. LORENZO CROUNSE,
FORT CALHOUN, NEBRASKA,
^AS born at Sharon, Scho-
^ harie county, N. Y.,
January 27, 1834. His grand
parents on the paternal side
come from Wittenburg, Ger-
many, and on the mother's side,
i A from Holland. His father was
P^^^^BM^^^^^ a tanner, and Lorenzo worked
in the tannery during a por-
tion of his youth. To a
common school education he
added two terms in the New
York Conference Seminary, at Charlotteville, Schoharie
county. After completing this course of study he
taught school to obtain the means with which to pay
for the seminary schooling and to begin the study of
law. In 1855 he removed to Ft. Plain, N. Y., and en-
tered the law office of Jacob Wendell, and in 1857
was admitted to practice. In 1861 he married Mary E.
Griffiths, of Ft. Plain, and four children — three daugh-
ters and one son — were born to them. The eldest
daughter is the wife of G. M. Hitchcock, of Omaha.
In 1861 Mr. Crounse entered the army as captain of
Battery K, 1st Regiment New York Light Artillery,
and was in the battle of Cedar Mountain and other con-
flicts. While holding Beverly's Ford on the Rappahan-
nock in the second battle of Bull Run, under Pope, he
was wounded, and, being disabled for a long time, re-
signed. In 1864 he removed to Nebraska, and in the
following year was elected to the territorial legislature
which met the first of the year, 1866. In that session
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he served on the judiciary committee and on the com-
mittee to draft a constitution for the proposed state.
At the republican convention to select a ticket for the
prospective state he was nominated, at the age of
thirty-two, as one of the three justices of the supreme
court, and in March, 1867, took his seat as a member
of that bench, and for a time was also reporter of the
court. At the expiration of the term, in 1872, he was
elected as a republican to the forty-third congress. He
was returned to the forty-fourth congress and declined
a further nomination. In 1876 Judge Crounse was a
prominent candidate for the United States senate. In
1879 President Hayes appointed him collector of inter-
nal revenue, and he served in that position for four
years. In 1891 he was appointed assistant secretary of
the treasury by President Harrison. In 1892, while in
the treasury department, he was nominated for the office
of governor of Nebraska. The nomination was with-
out his solicitation and rather against his wishes. For
the first time in its history the state had a democratic
governor (James E. Boyd), and the legislature of 1891
was largely populist. The independent or populist party
having nominated ex-Senator C. H. Van Wyck, the re-
publicans called upon Judge Crounse, as a man of un-
assailable reputation and anti-monopoly record, to
head the ticket of his party. He resigned his position
in the treasury department and made a vigorous cam-
paign. The joint debate to which Van Wyck invited
the republican candidate for governor attracted much
attention, and did much to insure republican success.
Governor Crounse's administration of his office was
marked by a fearless and independent policy, and he
was generally urged to accept a renomination, but de-
clined in a letter written some time before the republi-
can convention of 1894.
HON. ROBERT WILKINSON FURNAS,
PEW names are more fa-
miliar to those who are
conversant with Nebraska's
history than that of Ex-Gov-
ernor Furnas. Few men's
lives have been more actively-
interwoven with the develop-
ment of the state and the pro-
motion of its chief industry, in
the establishment of its fame,
and the preservation of its
good name, than his. Gov-
ernor Furnas was born on a farm near Troy, Miami
county, Ohio, May 5, 1824. His parents were both
Friends, or Quakers, from England. At the age of
sixteen he was apprenticed to the printing trade at
Covington, Kentucky. In 1845 ^^ ^^^ married at
Cincinnati, Ohio, to May E. McComas, and of the
eight children which have sprung from the union five
are still living. He conducted a printing and publish-
ing house in Cincinnati, and afterwards published and
edited the Times, at Troy, Ohio. He was subsequently
a railroad conductor, and then was railroad and express
agent at Troy. In the spring of 1856 he came to Brown-
ville, this state, with a printing office and published
and edited the Nebraska Advertiser, Public spirited,
energetic, and aggresive, he began at once to take an
important part in the public offices of the state. He
was a member of the council branch of the territorial
legislature in 1857, 1858, 1859, and i860. In 1861 he
was commissioned by President Lincoln colonel in
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the regular army, and organized and commanded a
brigade of three regiments of Indians. He served in
the war of the borders in southern Missouri, Kansas,
and the Indian Territory. Resigning from the regular
service, he came to Nebraska with a commission from
"Jim Lane " to recruit. He assisted in recruiting the 2d
Nebraska Cavalry, was appointed its colonel by Gov-
ernor Saunders, and served under Gen. Sally in the fa-
mous campaign against the hostile Indians in North
Dakota up to the British possessions. After being mus-
tered out he was appointed agent of the Omaha, Ponca,
and Winnebago Indians. In 1872 he was elected gov-
ernor of Nebraska, and served a term in that office. He
was commissioner for Nebraska to the Centennial Expo-
sition at Philadelphia, to the Cottqn Centennial at New
Orleans, and as commissioner-at-large to the World's
Fair, at Chicago, and has done more than any one citizen
of Nebraska to bring the advantages and resources of
Nebraska to the knowledge of the world. The general
recognition of Governor Furnas's intiniate knowledge
of and connection with the state's history and chief
activities may be inferred from the fact that he has
been president of the State Board of Agriculture, the
state horticultural society, the state historical society,
and the state soldiers' union, regent of the state uni-
versity, and vice president of the American pomo-
logical society, and is now president of the interna-
tional association of fairs and expositions, the western
district fair association, and the Nebraska pioneers' as-
sociation. He has also been secretary of the state
board of agriculture for several terms, and is known as
without a superior, if not without a peer, in the United
States as an organizer and manager of fairs. He has
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also filled all the offices, subordinate and grand, in both
the Masonic and Odd Fellows* orders. He lives upon his
farm near Brownville, where he is engaged extensively
in raising fruit and forest trees. Governor Furnas
never attended school twelve months, all told, in his
life, and the activity and usefulness of his career has
been the outgrowth of his excellent natural ability,
good judgment, energy, fine constitution, buoyant dis-
position, and broadminded character.
HON. JOHN M. THAYER.
§S a native of Norfolk
Came to Nebraska in 1854, and
engaged in farming. The first
territorial legislature provided
for the organization of militia
and volunteers for the public
defense^ and elected Mr.
Tha5'er Brigadier General in
command. This imposed upon
him the defense of the frontier
against hostile Indians. The
legislature at the next session enlarged his duties and
made him a major general. This appointment added
arduous labors upon General Thayer. He made several
visits to Indian villages, and held councils with chiefs
in the interests of peace. He also raised volunteers
and was in command on several expeditions against
the hostiles, and while in command the campaign was
made against the Pawnees, and he captured the entire
tribe, w^hich resulted in peace being ever afterwards
maintained by this tribe to the whites. This line of
duty imposed upon General Thayer kept him thus en-
gaged from 1855 until the War of the Rebellion. He
then assisted and was instrumental in organizing the
1st Regiment of Nebraska Infantry, and was commis-
sioned as its colonel, and was with his men all through
the battle of Fort Donelson and during the critical
period of the fight on the last day of the engagement.
He, with his brigade, turned the scale in favor of the
Union forces. General Thayer was in command of his
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brigade at Shiloh, Vicksburg, and second capture of
Jackson, Miss., and at several hard battles. After the
fall of Vicksburg the general was assigned to the com-
mand of the district and army of the Frontier, with
headquarters at Fort Smith, Arkansas, and took part
in the battles of Jenkins Ferry, Prairie-de-Auer,
Moscow, Ff. Smith, and many skirmishes. After re-
turning to Nebraska he was instrumental in securing
the admission of the state into the Union, and was
elected United States senator in 1875. General Grant
appointed General Thayer governor of Wyoming, and
after his return to this state was twice elected governor
of Nebraska, and is now an honored guest wherever
he goes. His zeal for his party is as strong as ever
and is found at work during the campaigns. His
friends are legion.
HON. CHURCH HOWE',
§S considered one
of the best parlia-
f ¥3iJ mentarians in the
1^^ *ni^ «u state, and, as a ready
and forcible public
speaker and debater,
he has been more than
ever prominent in the
late campaign, and it
I is conceded that he
' contributed greatly to
the republican victory.
He was a candidate
for the republican
nomination for con-
gress, but upon the success of Judge Strode pulled off
his coat and went into the fight for the party with as
much enthusiasm as ever. During the past year he has
visited some sixty counties of the state and talked re-
publicanism to the old soldiers and others at more than
one hundred public meetings. Church Howe was born
at Princeton, Worcester county, Mass., December 13,
1839, and was educated in common schools and
academy. He enlisted as a private in the first regi-
ment that answered President Lincoln's first call for
men, April 16, 1861, "the old Massachusetts 6th," and
was with that regiment in the Baltimore riot, April 19,
1 86 1. He was afterwards promoted to quartermaster-
sergeant, and remained with the *' old 6th" at Wash-
ington, Baltimore, and Relay House, Md., until August
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1, 1861, when he was commissioned by Governor An-
drews first lieutenant and quartermaster 15th Massa-
chusetts Volunteers; January 8, 1863, commissioned
captain 15th Massachusetts Volunteers; March 13, 1865,
brevetted major United States Volunteers. February
2, 1862, assigned to duty as senior aid-de-camp to Gen.
John Sedgwick, commanding the 2d division, 2d' corps,
Army of the Potomac, remaining with him through the
Peninsula campaign, and into the Maryland campaign,
where, at Antietam, September 17, he was wounded.
Among the battles in which Major Howe took part
were those of Ball's Bluff, siege of Yorktown, Fair
Oaks, Gaines' Mill, Peach Orchard, Savage Station,
Charles City Cross Road, Glendale, Malvern Hill, Flint
Hill, Second Bull Run, and Antietam. General Sedg-
wick, in his official reports of the battles of Fair Oaks
and Antietam, makes special mention of Major Howe's
gallant conduct. After the war he studied law and
was admitted to practice. Mr. Howe left Massachu-
setts and located in Nebraska in 1869, engaging exten-
sively in farming and stock raising, improving a large
tract of land in Nemaha county, now known as the
Walnut Grove stock farm, where he still resides. He
has been a member of the Nebraska legislature in sen-
ate and house for more than twenty years, and has
been twice elected president of the senate, is a member
of the state board of education, and was Nebraska's
member of the republican national committee from
1884 to 1888. In February, 1893, he was elected sen-
ior vice commander of the Grand Army of the Republic,
department of Nebraska, and in February, 1894, was
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HON. WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN.
?AS born in Salem, Mar-
ion counry, Illinois,
March 19, i860; attended pub-
lic school until fifteen years of
age, spending his vacations on
the farm. In the fall of 1875,
entered Whipple Academy, at
Jacksonville, Illinois. Entered
Illinois College, Jacksonville,
I in 1877; completed a classical
I course and was graduated with
the highest honors in 1881; at-
tended Union College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, for
two years, during which time he was connected with
the office of Ex-Senator Lyman Trumbull; began the
practice of his profession at Jacksonville; removed to
Lincoln, Nebraska, October i, 1887, and became a
member of the firm of Talbot & Bryan; never held
an elective office prior to his election to congress;
was elected to the fifty-second and re-elected to the
fifty-third congress as a democrat, receiving 13,784
votes agains 13,644 votes for Allen W. Field, republi-
can, 863 votes for R. W. Maxwell, prohibitionist, and
2,409 votes for Jerome Shamp, independent (populist).
Mr. Bryan began congressional life March 4, 1891, at
the age of thirty, and was, during his first term, in rec-
ognition of his thorough information on the subject
of tariff taxation, and because of his geographical po-
sition, awarded the distinction of membership on the
ways and means committee. He so worthily sustained
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his reputation during the fifty-second congress that he
was re-appointed in the fifty-third congress. On the
sixteenth day of August, 1893, Mr. Bryan delivered his
famous speech against the unconditional repeal of the
purchasing clause of the Sherman law. This speech
was, by many members of congress and by the press,
regarded as^ ranking high, if indeed, not highest,
among the brilliant oratorical efforts heard in congress
in the past quarter of a century.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 277
HON. LUTHER PAYSON LUDDEN,
^^ECRETARY and general
^1 manager of the state re-
lief commission, was born
at Madison, Virginia, Decem-
ber 19, 1854, and moved with
his parents to Berne, Albany
county, N.Y., where he resided
lor eleven years, his father
being the pastor of the church
at that place. Then he moved
to Cobleskill, N. Y., where he
lived for five years. He grad-
uated at the State Normal College, at Albany, N. Y.,
in the class of June. 1875, and then entered the Lu-
theran ministry. Was pastor at Knox, N. Y., for five
years and pastor at East Schodack, N. Y., six years,
when he moved to Lincoln, Neb., in 1889, where he has
since resided, and has been pastor of Grace Lutheran
church ever since. He is at this time secretary or
treasurer, or both, of ten different national state and
other public associations. Governor Thayer appointed
him deputy labor commissioner to succeed Hon. O. P.
Mason. Was first appointed secretary and general
manager of the state relief work in 1891; was re-ap-
pointed in 1894 by Governor Crounse, and that his
duties confine him at his desk from five o'clock a.m.,
until midnight each day, the reader may surmise a
part of the work that devolves upon him, besides other
duties that he must perform for his church and differ-
ent boards of which he is an officer. He is a member of
278 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
the city board of education and is secretary of the board.
He is also Chaplain of the State Brigade U. R., K. of P.,
and member of Lincoln Lodge No. 16, K. of P. Rev.
Ludden is an active worker wherever he is placed, and,
while he has been most severely criticized as secretary
of the state relief board, he met the darts and van-
quished each assailant by silence and strict attention
to his duties and won the approval of all by his suc-
cessful management of the matter thrust upon him, and
the distribution of relief where it was needed. He has
always been a stanch republican. Was married May
7, 1879, to Miss Margaret Machesney, of Guilderland,
N. Y., and they are blessed with four bright children,
LeRoy, John, Carrie, and Nellie.
HON. TIMOTHY E. SEDGWICK,
dale, DuPage county,
Illinois, on the 2d day of
September, 1852. His father
was a physician. At the age
of thirteen he entered the pre-
paratory course of Wheaton
College, where he pursued the
classical course until he
reached the junior year. At
the age of seventeen he taught
school in Champaign county,
Illinois, and later in his native county. In 1871 he at-
tended the law department of Michigan University,
and spent the subsequent year in a law office in
Chicago. He moved to DePere, Wisconsin, in the
spring of 1874, and resided there until September, 1878,
pursuing the practice of law. He was admitted to the
bar at Oconto, Wisconsin, in April, 1874. Though the
county in which he resided was strongly democratic
he was elected county superintendent of schools on
the republican ticket in the fall of 1875. At the ex-
piration of his first term he was unanimously re-nom-
inated by the republican convention, but declined the
honor, having decided to remove to Nebraska, which
he did in September, 1878. In that month he landed
at York, Nebraska, where he has since resided. In the
spring of 1880 he established the York Weekly Times,
and eight years later the Daily Times, both of which
he still owns and publishes. The Nebraska News-
paper Union was founded by him in 1889, ^^^ ^^ is
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still a half owner of this institution which does a large
business in Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Kansas,
and Colorado. Upon the organization of the republican
state central committee in the fall of 1894, he was unan-
imously elected secretary and took a prominent part
in the spirited state campaign which followed. He was
elected secretary of the state senate on the ist day of
January, 1895, receiving the entire republican vote of
that body. In July, 1874, he was married to Miss
Adalaide Thurston, of his native county, and has three
children, the youngest of whom is thirteen years of age.
HON. FRANK W. BARBER,
GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA,
" ^^IRST ASSISTANT SEC-
. ^^^^ W RETARY of the Ne-
^ ^k braska state senate, was born
ll^^p V in Canada. At an early age he
I ^L w came to Lee county. III., where
^^^ he lived for sixteen years. He
J^ ^^t was educated in the common
^^^F^^^^^^^^ schools first, and later in the
^^^^^^^^^^^^ classical seminary at Paw Paw,
^^^^Hfl^^^^ 111., and also was graduated
^^H|^^ from the Chicago University
^^^ in 1 882. The same year he came
to Franklin county, Neb., and taught in the Franklin
Academy as professor of ancient language and mathe-
matics for two years. He afterwards moved to Grand
Island, Hall county. Neb., at which place he has since
made his home. Mr. Barber is a self made man, hav-
ing been left with a widowed mother to make his own
way while a young lad. He was a candidate for the
position of state superintendent of public instruction
before the last republican convention. He has always
been an enthusiastic republican, and has worked hard
for his party, and with signal success for several years
past. He was elected first assistant secretary of the
senate in 1895, ^^^ ^^^ given satisfaction to all while
in that position. Mr. Barber has made many fast
friends during the legislature, and his popularity has
been increased, and his future is likely to bring him in
closer relation to the people of this state.
HON. ROBERT Q. STEWART.
^^ERGEANT AT ARMS
^P of the senate was born in
Williams county, O., October
15, 1845, ^^ ^os^ ^^s mother
when eight years old. Soon
after, his father married and
moved to northern Wisconsin.
At the age of ten he and an
^ older brother left home with
five cents and a rifle as their
only possessions. They re-
turned to Ohio, where Robert
worked for an uncle on a farm till the summer of 1862
when he enlisted in the iiith Ohio Volunteer Infantry,
participating in twenty-one hard-fought battles. At the
close of the war he returned to Ohio, procured a lib-
eral education, and after teaching a number of terms
married a lady of his native state, and moved to Iowa.
In the spring of 1876 he located on a homestead in
Franklin county, Nebraska, near the town of Camp-
bell, where he now resides. Mr. Stewart is a farmer
and a stock raiser. He has taken an active part in
local and state politics, having served as deputy under
two United States marshals, and was also traveling
deputy for revenue collector, John Peters. He was
chosen chairman of the republican congressional com-
mittee of the fifth district in the convention of 1894,
and he is highly complimented over the successful
management of the campaign in the interest of Hon.
W. E. Andrews, the nominee of said convention who
was elected, defeating Hon. W. A. McKeighan by a
majority of 960.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 283
REV. HOWARD MACAYEAL,
j^HAPLAIN of the senate,
^^ was born in Iowa, the 8th
of November, i860, where he
spent his boyhood. When
sixteen years old his peo-
ple moved to Massachusetts,
I where he lived until he came to
Nebraska. Mr. MacAyeal was
educated in the east in the
public schools, then in Geneva
College in Pennsylvania, finish-
ing his course by graduation
from the United Presbyterian seminary at Xenia, Ohio.
He has also enjoyed the advantages of study abroad
in the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, In 1889 he
removed to Nebraska, locating at Cambridge, Furnas
county, where he has lived ever since. He is pastor of
the Congregational church at that place. Mr. Mac-
Ayeal comes of preaching stock, his father having been
one of the most prominent men in the United Presby-
terian church. He is also in direct line of succession
in his present position as his father served through the
late war as chaplain of the 33d Iowa Volunteers.
HON. WILLIAM M. GEDDES,
GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA.
! ^HIEF CLERK of the
^^l house, was born at Janes-
vflle, O., August 21, 1857. His
parents, of Scotch descent,
moved to Amboy, 111., when he
was six months old At the
age of fourteen he entered the
office of the Amboy Journal,
where he worked for four
years. He then attended the
normal school at Valparaiso,
Ind., for a time. In 1876 he
purchased and edited the Paw Paw //ifr^A/ (Illinois),
and afterwards founded the Amboy News. He has
been a resident of Grand Island, this state, since 1884,
and during that time has edited both the Times and
the Daily hidependent, Mr. Geddes was for eight years
bookkeeper and assistant cashier in the Citizens' Na-
tional Bank. Mr. Geddes has been elected for three
successive terms a member of the city council without
opposition, and for the past two years has served as
mayor of Grand Island. He is a married man and has
two children, a boy and a girl. He is a member of the
A. F. A. M. and I. O. O. F. Mr. Geddes, although he
has frequently been engaged in other business, makes
journalism his profession, and in his newspaper work
has always done good work for the republican party of
which he is a stanch republican.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 285
HON. WILLIAM WESLEY SHENBERGER,
«ERGEANT AT ARMS
^P of the house of repre-
sentatives, was born in York
county, Pennsylvania, August
13, 1845. His mother was left
I a widow when he was a small
child, with nine children to
provide for. He remained
with his mother until twelve
years of age, when he began
to work on a farm near by,
^^^^^^^^^^^^^H where he stayed until the war.
He enlisted in the Pennsylvania Cavalry, in 1864, and
was in battle under General Siegle, Hunter, and Phil
Sheridan. In 1865 he was seriously wounded at the
battle of Five Forks, Virginia, and lay in several hos-
pitals before he recovered. At the time of Lincoln's
assassination, he was in Mount Pleasant hospital in
Washington, D. C. Later he was taken to Chestnut Hill
hospital in Philadelphia, from which he was able to go
on crutches in August, 1865. He was honorably dis-
charged from the service at Philadelphia the same
year, and returned to his home, and began working on
the farm again in 1866. This year he married Catherine
Keller, a farmer's daughter. The next two years he
spent working in an iron ore mine, but returned to
farming at the end of that time. In 1879 he bought
eighty acres of land in Hamilton county, Nebraska,
and the following year added eighty acres more to his
farm, and brought his family to Nebraska to live. In
1884 Mr. Shernburger was elected assessor by ths re-
286 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
publicans of South Platte precinct, and Hamilton
county elected him sheriff in 1887, soon after which he
moved to Aurora. Here he was elected assessor of the
city precinct for two successive terms, and also went
into the real estate and insurance business. In 1891
he was secretary of the republican county central
committee, and in this year he also made a trip to Cen-
tral America. January i, 1895, he was elected sergeant
at arms of the house by the republican ihembers.
REV. MATHEW T. MAZE,
^HAPLAIN of the house
^^ was born in Rush county,
Indiana, November 16, 1857.
His father served in the Civil
War, leaving his mother to
provide for three small chil-
dren on an undeveloped farm.
After the close of the war the
subject of this sketch had the
' advantages of a common
school education, and at the
age of eighteen years he en-
tered the Western Normal College located at Danville,
Indiana, and by teaching during vacations was able to
complete the course. After several years spent in
teaching, his health failed, and he came west, with
his wife and child, in 1883, and located on a homestead
in Wood River Valley, Custer county. Neb. His
health improving here, he entered the ministry in the
Evangelical church, and is now in charge of a congre-
gation at Calloway. Mr. Maze has always been an
active republican. In 1894 he was nominated for rep-
resentative by the republicans of his district and de-
feated by a very small plurality. Upon the opening
of the present session of the legislature he was elected
chaplain of the house.
288 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
WILLIAM A. HOWARD,
UTHOR and compiler
sketches, was born near Win-
chester, Scott county. 111., May
4, 1849. Was with the ** Baker
Family Vocalists'' for seven
years as leader of choruses
and business manager. Has
sung through all the campaigns
for the last twenty-six years,
and in 1894 sang at fifty- four
political meetings. Came to
Nebraska in 1884, located ^t Kearney, came to Lincoln
in 1889, niarried; republican in politics; engaged most
of the time in newspaper and advertising specialties.
Has been a member of twenty-three secret orders, and
is a veteran fireman; was city clerk of Kearney, Neb.,
one year, and secretary of Buffalo county fair two
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 289
GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC.
DEPARTMENT OF NEBRASKA.
Headquarters Lincoln, Neb,
C. E. Adams, Commander, - - - - Superior.
J. H. Culver, S. V. Commander, - - Milford.
J. H. Ehrhardt, J. V. Commander, - - Stanton.
W. H. Banwell, Medical Director, - - Orleans.
0. R. Beebe, Chaplain, . - - - Minden.
A. M. Trimble, Asst. Adjut. General, - - Lincoln.
Brad P. Cook, Acting A. A. General, - - Lincoln.
1. A. Arnold, A. Q. M. General, - - Kearney.
Cash D. Fuller, Asst. Inspector, - - - Imperial.
M. B. C. True, Judge Advocate, - - Tecumseh.
B R. Ball, Mustg. Officer, - - - - Omaha.
J. H. Stickel, Chief of Staff, - - - Hebron.
COMMITTEE OF RELIEF.
Church Howe, Chairman, . - - Howe.
T. S. Clarkson, - - . . - Omaha.
A. M. Trimble, ------ Lincoln.
COUNCIL OF ADMINISTRATION.
George F Whitman, Oxford.
Robert LaFountain, - - . . Kearney.
R. S. Wilcox, Omaha.
P. C. Johnson, - Harvard.
C. M. Parker, Lincoln.
Reunion at Hastings, September, 1895.
Woman's Relief Corps.—Roster for 1895.
Emily O. Dilworth, President, - - - Lincoln.
Rosalia Condon, S. V. President, - - Pawnee City.
Mary E. R. Saxton, J. V. President, - - Edgar.
Alice F. Church, Treasurer, - - - North Platte.
Clorinda A. Frost, Chaplain, ... Wymore.
Nannie M. Murphy, Grand Island*
Olive Ballard, Aurora.
Caroline C. Raymer, Milford.
Carrie B. Parris, York.
Alice C. Dilworth, Secretary,
Rebecca Frank forter, Inspector,
Fidelia M. Rupiper, Counselor,
Susan Cole, Insp. and Installing Officer, -
Helen E. Cook, Press Correspondent, -
S3NS OF Vl TERANSi
F. E. Way, M.D., Commander,
F. E. Strain, S. V. Commander, - - -
J. C. Kirk, J V. Commander,
Harry Mason, -
George F. Walz,
A. H. Rawitzer,
J. T. Yates, Judge Advocate, -
C. L. Olds, Inspector,
E. J. Streight, Mustering Officer,
Hayes Banwell, Surgeon, -
H. O. Chapman, Chaplain.
W. H. Littrell, Quartermaster, -
W. D. Guttery, Adjutant,
STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE SENATE.
Judiciary.— Vo^it, Tefft, Crane, Hitchcock, Sloan, Lindsay,
Caldwell, Akers, Watson.
Finance, Ways and Means. — Graham, Tefft, Wright, Hitch-
cock, Hahn, Noyes, Stuefer, Caldwell, Dale.
Public Lands and Buildings. — Tefft, McKeeby McKesson,
Smith, Black, Dressier, Sloan, Saunders, Rathbun.
Agriculture. — Lindsay, Sloan, Rathbun, Bressler, Mighell,
Noyes, Jeff res.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 29I
Highways, Bridges, and Fer/tes.—hehr, Tefft, Cross, Noyes,
Accounts and Expenditures. — Stuefer, Hahn, Lindsay, Saun-
Military /^^/rj.— Watson, Cross, Black, Smith, Sprecher.
Municipal AJfairs.—Hahn, Crane, Wright, Hitchcock, Mc-
Internal Improvement,— ^o^ ^^^ Rathbun, Holbrook, Black,
School Lands and i^««^5.— Rathbun, Mighell, Graham, Hol-
Public Printing.— Cross, McKesson, McKeeby, Hitchcock,
Enrolled and Engrossed Bills. — Caldwell, Sloan, Bressler, Crane,
McKesson, Stuefer, Hahn.
Counties and County Boundaries, — Lehr, Holbrook, Bressler,
Education. — Noyes, Lindsay, Graham, Cross, Sloan.
Library, — Gray, Stewart, Watson, Lehr, Holbrook.
Claims.— Bxtssl^r, Hitchcock, McKesson, Crane, Pope.
Banks and Currtncy.—SdiundQYS, Stuefer, Black, Wright, Crane.
Railroads.— McK^siovi, Pope, Tefft, Graham, Hahn, Akers,
Rathbun, McKeeby, Stuefer,
Miscellaneous Corporations. — Crane, Hahn, Bressler, Pope,
State Prison. — Black, McKeeby, Graham, Hahn, Mighell.
University and Normal Schools, — Wright, Watson, Hitchcock,
Constitutional Amendments and Federal Relations. — Sloan,
Lindsay, Tefft, Watson, AVright, Pope, Crawford.
Public C/^:3!r///d\y.— Rathbun, Mighell, Black, Stuefer, Stewart.
Irivil ges and Elections.— Sloa.n, Akers, Caldwell, Cross,
Live Stock and Grazing.— Rathbun, Mighell, Akers, Lehr
Miscellaneous Subjects. — Mighell, Stuefer, Noyes, Hitchcock,
Smith, Holbrook, Lehr.
Medical Societies.— McYLtthy, Cross, Wright, Lindsay, Bauer.
292 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
Asy/um, Industrial Homes, Refotm Schools, Home for the
Friendless^ and Institute for Feeble Minded K<?«Mj.— Hitchcock,
Bressler, Hahn, Wright, Smith, Watson, Sloan, McKesson, Bauer.
Immigration.— DdiXe, Akers, Wright, Mighell, Bauer.
Mines and Minerals.— Ca.mphe\\, Stewart, Crawford, Sprecher,
Manufacturer and Commerce. — Holbrook, Crane, Cross, Hahn,
Z^^^r.— Smith, Saunders, Sloan, McKeeby, Lehr.
Revenue. — McKeeby, Wright, Stuefer, Smith, Saunders.
Rules.— ^ Tiison, Pope, McKesson, Graham, Tefft.
Soldiers' iVi?;;?^.— Caldwell, Black, Graham, Akers, Cross.
Irrigation.- AktrSt Black, Smith, Caldwell, Pope, Noyes.
Standing Committees. --VoYit, McKesson, Hahn, Steuffer, Bres-
Relief— McKeeby, Akers, Black, Tefft, Rathbun, Stuefer.
STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE.
Judiciary.— Munger, Chairman; Crow, Davies, Johnston
(Douglas), Hairgrove, McNitt, Cole, Bacon, Becher, Guthrie,
Finance, Ways and Means.— Cro^, Chairman; Cramb, Griffith
Judd, Spencer, Shook, Merrick, Schickedantz, Brady, Scott, John-
Agriculture,— Sutton (Pawnee), Chairman; Harrison, Perkins,
Brockman, Spencer, Cbace, Scott.
Roads and Bridges.— Chsice, Chairman; Mattison, Pohlman,
Jones, Sutton (Pawnee), Orton, Delaney.
Militia.— PohlmsLTi, Chairman; Benedict, Brockman, Burke,
Kaup, Hinds, Wait, McVicker, Barry.
Public Lands and Buildin£s.—Burns (Lancaster), Chairman;
Merrick, Roddy, Griffith, Harrison, Harte, Richardson, Lang-
horst, Zink (Johnson), Brady, Burns (Dodge), Higgins, Van
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 293
Internal Improvements, — Bacon, Chairman; Beck, Wilder,
Weber, Timme, Spencer, Van Housen.
Federal /y^elatwns.—LsLmhorn, Chairman ;Cramb, Crow, Davies,
Sutton (Douglas), Ely, Dempsey.
Engrossed and Enrolled Bills.— CondiWdiy , Chairman; McNitt,
Johnston (Douglas), Cole, Merrick, Harte, Perkins, Spencer,
Accounts and Expenditures, — Bee, Chairman; Burns (Lancas-
ter), Burch, Myers, Brady, Zink (Johnson), Ashby, Chace and
Johnston (of Nemaha).
Constitutional Amendments, — Davies, Chairman; Griffith,
Rouse, Bacon, Brockman, Beck, McNitt, Haller, Bernard,
County Boundaries, County Seats, and Township Organizations*
— Rouse, Chairman; Mattison, Judd, Becher, Burch, Burns
(Dodge), Brownell, Dempsey, Robertson.
Railroads.— ^\xi^%, Chairman; Cooley, Allan, Conaway, Lam-
born, Munger, Jones, Orton, Bacon, Miles, Cain, Cole, Harris,
Scott, Mc Bride.
Privileges and Elections. — Mattison, Chairman; Beck, Burke,
Campbell, Carlson, Chapman, Ely, Harkson, Jenkins, Brokaw,
Penitentiary.— 'Brdidy, Chairman; Merrick, Cain, Pohlman,
Kaup, Langhorst, Rouse, Ashby, Zink (Sherman).
Insane Hospital. — Sisson, Chairman; Campbell, Carlton, Cona-
way, Cooley, Haller, Timme, Thomas, Hull.
Other Asylums.— 'R.xcYidirdsovi, Chairman; Pohlman, Roddy,
Ricketts, Moehrman, Shook, Harris, Harte, Remington.
C^r/^r^//^;/^.— Jenkins, Chairman; Benedict, Sutton (Pawnee),
Sutton (Douglas), Orton, Bee, Fritz.
Lidrdry,— Hah grove , Chairman; Thomas, Beck, Brownell,
Chapman, Weber, Barry.
Cities and Towns.— Johnston (DouglasV, Chairman; Wait,
Spencer, Ricketts, Hinds, Burns (Dodge), Meyers, Perkins,
Banks and Currency.— Miles, Chairman; Burch, Judd, Richard-
son, Bacon, Jenkins, Carlson.
Public Schools.— Mc'^XXXt Chairman; Sutton (Douglas), Cramb,
Bernard, McFadden, Guthrie, Miles.
294 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
Univetsity and Normal Schools. — Brockman, Chairman; Rob-
inson, Conaway, Davies, Roddy, Becher, Ely.
Public Printing.— ^ 2\X^ Chairman; Zink (Johnson), Brownell,
Benedict, Weber, Allan, Harris, Cole, Casper.
Mines and Afinerals.— Horst, Chairman; Fritz, Goar, Spack-
man, Suter, Wart, Soderman.
Immigration. — Cole, Chairman; Carlson, Cooley, Johnston
(Douglas), Hinds, Harris, Pohlman, Langhorst, Kaup, Moehr-
man, Johnston (Nemaha).
Manujacturing and Commerce.— Burns (Dodge), Chairman;
Lamborn, Harrison, Richardson, Burch, Beecher, Allan.
Schools, Lands, and Pun ds.— Harrison, Chairman; Burns (Lan-
caster), Sulton (Pawnee), Ashby, Beck, Bee, Brockman, Casper,
Miscellaneous Subjects.— Q^Xn^ Chairman; Campbell, Carlson,
Bernard, Cole, Harte, Havlik.
Claims. — Becher, Chairman; Griffith, Burch, Beck, Lamborn,
Bee, Richardson, Harte, Robinson, Hairgrove, Howard.
Live Stock and Grazing.— Ashby, Chairman; Chace, Moehrman,
Sisson, Merrick, McFadden, Kaup, Spackman, Soderman.
Revenue and Taxation. — Judd, Chairman; Sisson, Shickedantz,
Shook, Robinson, Chapman, Cramb, Jenness, Wilder, Meyers,
Pules.— Mr, Speaker, Chairman; Robinson, Hairgrove, Harri-
son, Chapman, McNitt, Lamborn.
Labor. — Burke, Chairman; Bee, Bernard, Jenness, Allan, Camp-
bell, Cooley, Ely, Harkson, Benedict, Smith, Brokaw, Goar.
Apportionment. — Schickedantz, Chairman; Benedict, Bernard,
Brownell, Hinds, Chace, Cooley, Cramb, Ely, Griffith, Hairgrove,
Haller, Havlik, Wart, Hull.
Benevol nt Institutions. — Cramb, Chairman; Allan, Webber,
Thomas, Perkins, Smith, Rothleutner.
Fish Culture and Game. — Timme, Chairman; Harkson, "Wilder,
Langhorst, Jones, Suter, Zink (Sherman).
Insurance.— ]^nn^ss^ Chairman; Schickedantz, Lamborn, Ber-
nard, Ricketts, Becher, Kaup, Munger, Suter.
Telegraph, Telephone, and Electric Lis[ht. — Ricketts, Chair-
man; Burns (Lancaster), Jenness, Becher, Judd, Bacon, Roddy,
Medical Societies.— HsirnSj Chairman; Conaway, Judd, Orton,
Ricketts, Haller, Goar.
J^ees and Salaries. — Burch, Chairman; Rouse, Weber, Moehr-
man, Sutton (Douglas), Shook, Robinson, McNitt, Rhodes.
Soldiers Home, — Thomas, Chairman; Harkson, Shook, Jones,
Sutton (Pawnee), Sisson, Merrick.
Irrigation. — Myers, Chairman; Harris, Schickedantz, Cole,
Bee, Bacon, Rouse, Lamborn, McBride.
Relief. — Conaway, Brady, Bacon, Bee, Howard,^ Harris, Suter.
OFFICERS OF THE SENATE.
T. E. Sedgwick, Secretary, . - - . York.
F. W. Barber, Assistant Secretary, - - Grand Island.
A. R. Keim, Second Assistant Secretary, - Falls City.
R. Q. Stewart, Sergeant-at-Arm^, - - Campbell.
T. L. Williams, Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms, - Geneva.
J E. Weatherwax, Postmaster, - - - Beatrice.
J. F. Reynolds, Assistant Postmaster, - - Fremont.
J. G. Gannon, Doorkeeper, - - - Bancroft.
C. S. Brundage, Assistant Doorkeeper, - - Auburn.
Rev, H. MacAyeal, Chaplain, - _ - Cambridge.
John E. Rule, Enrolling Clerk, - - - Western.
William H. Pool, Engrossing Clerk, - - Wabash.
Horace. M. Clark, Clerk Committee Whole, - Ithaca.
A. B. Wood, Bill Clerk. - . . - Gering.
H. G. Knight, Janitor, Hastings.
Capt. W. W. Carder, Mail Carrier, - - Lincoln.
Lee Yates, Custodian, Omaha.
W. B. Price, Private Clerk Lieutenant Governor, Lincoln.
John H. Christner, Bookkeeper, - - - Hayes Center.
Harry Scott, Stenographer, - . _ Lincoln.
Victor Seymour, Typewriter, - - - - Lincoln.
Florence Moore, Typewriter, r - - Fremont.
G. W. Hollinger, Custodian Cloak Room, - Lincoln.
296 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
Samuel Grant, Asst. " " " - Lincoln.
J. C. Hubbard, " " •' " . . Omaha.
G. W. Sabine, File Messenger, - - Omaha.
Samuel Pickel, Night Watchman, - - Emerald.
James K. Moore, " " , . Hastings,
Louis Otto, Custodian Lieut. Governor's Room, Lincoln.
Willard Coon, Bill Holder, - . . Lincoln.
Frank Fossler, Jntr. North Gallery Com. Rooms, Lincoln.
John C. Current, ' South " •* " Elmwood.
George Mohrenstecker, Doorkeeper, gallery, - Nebraska City.
J. H. Johnston, Janitor - . _ . Lincoln.
James Mahoney, Proof Reader, - - - Lincoln.
Henry Masterman, Assistant Janitor, - - Lincoln.
Jacob Boyer, Custodian Secretary's Office, - Hastings.
Jerry Sedgwick, Messenger to Secretary, - Omaha.
L A. Baker, Custodian Supplies, - - - York.
W. M. Erwin, File Clerk, - - - Alma.
Mrs. Lillie M. Grant, Copyist, _ - - Dorchester.
Robert Lynn, Assistant Bill Clerk, - - Wausa.
John M. Fairfield, Clerk Committee Military
W. P. Hellings, Clerk Committee Miscellaneous
A. C. Wright, Supply Clerk, - - - - Lincoln.
W. H. Wilson, Clerk Committee on Finance,
Ways and Means, - _ - _ Blue Springs.
Con Dawson, Clerk Committee on Printing, - Fairbury.
P. W. Warner, Clerk Committee on Municipal Af-
W. H. Hyers, Clerk Committee on Public Lands
and Buildings, Plattsmouth.
Charles Southard, Clerk Committee on Labor, Omaha,
J. W. Ball, Clerk Committee on Roads and
G. M. Petty, Clerk Committee on Library, - North Loup.
R. A. Simpson, Clerk Committee on Relief, - Blue Hill.
F. P. Corrick, Clerk Committee on Irrigation, Cozad.
E. E. Gillespie, Clerk Committee on University
and Normal Schools, - - - Lincoln.
T. A. Boyd, Clerk Committee on School Lands
and Funds, Cambridge.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 297
W. L. Miner, Clerk Committee on Revenue, - Nelson.
David Dickenson, Clerk Committee on Accounts
and Expenditures, - - - - Tekamah.
Lottie Liming, Clerk Committee on Agriculture, Pawnee City.
James W. Rhine, Clerk Committee on Judiciary, Crete.
Fred Erskine, Clerk Committee on Railroads, - Lincoln.
E. M. Martin, Clerk Committee on Banking
and Currency, - - - - - Hartington.
T. Hermanson, Clerk Committee on Engrossed
and Enrolled Bills, Grand Island,
A. J. Wright, Clerk Committee on Asylums, Etc., Tecumseh.
L. L. Swartz, Clerk Committee on Privileges and
Elections, ------ Fairmont.
L. C. Ashbrook, Clerk Committe on Constitutional
Amendments, Etc., ----- Geneva.
Miss E. E. Holden, Clerk Committee on Immi-
R. A. Campbell, Clerk Committee on Minerals, Lincoln.
C. A. Potter, Clerk Committee on Miscellaneous
E. Stout, Clerk Committee on Education, - South Omaha.
Carl Patch Lincoln.
Homer Martin, Lincoln.
Guy Roberts, Lincoln.
Perry Munn, -__--_ Omaha.
James Stevenson, Lincoln. .
William Armstrong, Lincoln.
Reason Bennett, Lincoln.
Frank Shepherd, . _ - . _ Nebraska City.
Lee Ensey, ------ Lincoln.
Willie Clark, -...-- Lincoln.
ENROLLING AND ENGROSSING CLERKS.
Edward Baxter, Hastings.
Frank Evans, Wisner.
Mable Callahan, Friend.
E. Z. Minnick, Milligaa
J. E. Adams. Lincoln.
H. B. Vandecar,
John Sherrill, - - - .
Mrs. C. B. Wells, -
Mrs. Nettie Banks,
W. E. Hauchen, -
John M. Larsh, - - - .
A. J. Tracy, - - - -
Clara Smith, - . . .
B. F. Thorn, Assistant Janitor,
James Bright, Night Watchman,
Fred H. Barber, Messenger, -
OFFICERS OF THE HOUSE.
W. M. Geddes, Chief Clerk, -
F. A. Harrison, First Assistant Clerk, -
Jas. F. Zediker, Second '* '*
H, Glasgow, Third " " -
Harry L. Aikin, Fourth "
W. W. Shenberger, Sergeant at Arms,
A. G. Tyler, Assistant " " **
W. J. Pemberton, Enrolling Clerk,
Rev. M. T. Maze, Chaplain,
James S. Burden, Postmaster,
Jas. L. Cook, Doorkeeper, _ . .
Pat. Door, First Assistant Doorkeeper,
J. H. Enslow, Custodian,
Wm. E. Shook, Typewriter,
Snowden Summers, Assistant Fireman, -
- Grand Island.
Howard Burns, John Gross, Lincoln, Wm. F. Miles,
Night Watchmen, - - - - Stratton
Eugene Parks Lincoln,
Oscar Blan, - Omaha.
Chester Valentine, - - * - - - - Fairfield.
Walter Sizer, - - - - - - Lincoln.
Edmond Harlan, ------ York.
Lonnie Bamer, ------ Tobias.
Bond P. Geddes, - - - - - - Grand Island.
Alfred Bixby, Lincoln.
Robert Pollock, Lincoln.
J. Buell Chesington, - - -. - - Lincoln.
Wernie Goodin, ------ Crete.
Ira Cole, Time Keeper, - - . - Culbertson.
J. W. Smith, Bill Clerk, . - - - Cook.
Ursa Swisher, Bill Clerk, - - - - Lincoln.
Ralph Strow, Proof Reader, - - - - Stella.
Robert Finck, Proof Reader, - - - Omaha.
E. L. Sargent, Engrossing Clerk, - - - Cedar Rapids.
Miss Hilder Anderson, Eng. and Enr. Clerk, - Wahoo.
Mrs. Grace Edwards, " " " " - Omaha.
Mrs. M. E. Kilbourne, " " *' " - Omaha.
E. Barber, " " " ** - Grand Island.
Miss Sadie E. Young, " " " *' - Lincoln.
Miss Nellie Weaver, " " *' " - Lincoln.
Miss Elizabeth Conner " " ** " - Eagle.
Miss Kate Henderson " " " '• - Seward.
J. D. Boyle, " " " " - Hebron.
C. C. Boslaw, Clerk of Committee on Engrossed
and Enrolled Bills, - - - - Henderson.
T. H. Cecil, Clerk for Committee on Finance,
Ways and Means, . . _ _ Omaha.
A. G. Keim, Clerk to Com. on Railroads - Beatrice.
W. B. McArthur, Clerk of Com. on Judiciary, Lincoln.
Louis Richardson, Copyholder, - - Clarks.
D. Baumgardner, Copyholder, - - - Lincoln.
Josie McDermott, Stenographer - - . Sutton.
G. P. Lewis, Messenger, . - - _ Albion.
John H. Brady, Messenger for Chief Clerk - Kearney
Ed. Metcalf, Assistant Postmaster, - - Ohiowa.
W. R. Teagarden, Mail Carrier, - - Campbell.
C. W. Morrow, Custodian Cloak Room, - - Wilcox.
Harry Standidge, Private Sec. Mr. Speaker Hebron.
APPOINTMENTS MADE BY GOVERNOR HOLCOMB.
TOO LATE TO CLASSIFY.
Benton Maret, Governor's Private Secretary, - Eddyville.
E. W. Nelson, *' " Stenographer, Richland.
Frank L, Mary, " Record Clerk, - Lincoln.
John H. Powers, Deputy Labor Commissioner, Cornell.
John H. Edmisten, State Oil Inspector, - - Eddyville.
John W. Wilson, Commandant Soldiers* Home, Ogalalla.
Dr. L. J. Abbott, Superintendent Insane Hospital,
J. A. Edgerton, Clerk Bureau Labor Statistics, - Lincoln.
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