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Noble Lovely Prentis papers

Creator: Prentis, Noble L. (Noble Lovely), 1839-1900

Date: 1835 - 1887

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Ms. Coll. 478

Unit ID: 40478

Biographical sketch:

Noble Lovely Prentis was born April 8, 1839, in a log cabin three miles from Mount Sterling, Brown County, Illinois. His parents were from Vermont and were descended from English settlers who came to America in 1630 and 1641, respectively. His ancestors included Revolutionary War heroes and veterans.

His father and mother died at Warsaw, Illinois in the cholera epidemic of 1849, leaving him an orphan at the age of 10. He went to live with an uncle in Vermont. At the age of 18 he went to Connecticut and was apprenticed to the printer's trade. He returned west, working for a while in a newspaper office in Carthage, Illinois. He enlisted with the 16th Illinois militia during the Civil War and thereafter published and edited newspapers in Missouri and Illinois before moving to Kansas in 1869.

In Kansas, he worked on such newspapers as the Topeka Record, Topeka Commonwealth, Atchison Champion, Junction City Union, Newton Republican, and finally worked on the editorial staff of the Kansas City Star. In 1877 he visited Europe, and his observations he published in book form, entitled "A Kansan Abroad," which went through two editions. Other books published by him were "Southern Letters," "Southwestern Letters," and "Kansas Miscellanies." In the last year of his life he wrote a "History of Kansas" for use in the public schools.

In 1866 Prentis married Miss Maria C. Strong, with whom he had two daughters. She died in Atchison in 1880. In 1883 he married Mrs. Carrie E. Anderson, of Topeka.

Prentis died July 6, 1900, at the home of his daughter, at La Harpe, Illinois, within a few miles of the place of his birth.

Abstract: The collection consists of handwritten and typed copies of addresses, articles, and speeches given by Prentis on a variety of topics, ranging from the development of surnames to George Washington, Louis XIV, or other famous historical figures and subjects such as Mohammad or Chartism; some letters; biographical sketches; sketches; materials written by Caroline Campbell Prentis; and other similar materials.

Space Required/Quantity: 1.00 cubic feet

Title (Main title): Noble Lovely Prentis papers

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Finding Aid Bibliography: "Noble L. Prentis," History of Kansas Newspapers, http://www.kshs.org/research/topics/kansasnewspapers/Prentisbio.htm (accessed 8 July 2010).

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    Prentis, Noble L. (Noble Lovely), 1839-1900 -- Manuscripts
    Newspaper editors -- Kansas
    Speeches, addresses, etc., American

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