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Daniel Read Anthony, Jr., papers

Creator: Anthony, Daniel Read, 1870-1931

Date: 1907-1928 (bulk 1907-1908, 1926-1928)

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Manuscripts Collection 259-B

Unit ID: 46435

Biographical sketch: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas, 1907-29 (Republican); of Leavenworth.

Abstract: Political correspondence from Daniel Read Anthony, Jr.'s, first and last terms of office in the U.S. House of Representatives. The correspondence is primarily letters received. The first set is dated 1907-1908 and deals with his election to the House of Representatives as well as with Kansas Republican Party politics and patronage. William Howard Taft, and Theodore Roosevelt letters are included in the collection. The second set of letters were written while Anthony was in Arizona recuperating from an illness (1926-28). The letters contain references to both his health and his prospects for a return to Congress. Anthony made notes regarding answers, to assist his secretary, in several instances. In one letter, Alice Paul thanks him for introducing the Equal Rights Amendment.

Space Required/Quantity: 0.1 ft. (122 items in 4 folders)

Title (Main title): Daniel Read Anthony, Jr., papers

Titles (Other):

  • Daniel Read Anthony, Jr., letters collection
  • Daniel Read Anthony (1870-1931) collection
  • Letters
  • Leavenworth times


Biog. Sketch (Full): Daniel Read Anthony, Jr., was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1870 and lived there his entire life. His father, Daniel Read Anthony, Sr., a brother of Susan B. Anthony, came to Kansas in 1854 and was active in early state affairs. Daniel Read Anthony, Jr., succeeded him as editor of the Leavenworth Times in 1904. When Charles Curtis became a United States senator in 1907, D. R. Anthony, Jr., took his place in the House and was repeatedly re-elected until his retirement in 1928. He repeatedly introduced the Equal Rights Amendment in Congress. He died in 1931.

Scope and Content

Scope and content:

Anthony’s correspondence consists largely of letters sent to him. Notes by the donor on some letters identify correspondents. The first section of letters, dating from 1907 and 1908, deals chiefly with Anthony’s election, state Republican Party politics, and patronage. Interesting items include letters from William Howard Taft, then secretary of war; a letter from Charles Locknane, Democratic committee member, expressing the hope no Democrat will run against Anthony (March 26, 1907); and a letter from Anthony to William Allen White about efforts to unseat Speaker Joe Cannon (April 18, 1908). There is also a letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Anthony (dated May 23, 1917) in which the ex-president thanks Anthony for his support of the draft army and discusses Woodrow Wilson and the debates over military funding.

The last group of letters dates from 1926 to 1928. During this period Anthony was recuperating from an illness in Arizona and many letters discuss his health and the prospects for his return to Congress. Some of the letters contain notes from Anthony to his secretary regarding answers. Several of the letters are from military leaders expressing gratitude for Anthony’s support. Additional items relate to Anthony’s interest in homes for disabled soldiers. There is also one letter from Alice Paul thanking him for repeatedly introducing the Equal Rights Amendment in Congress (December 22, 1927).

The Kansas State Historical Society also possesses a collection of the papers of Anthony’s father. Most of these deal with events before the birth of D. R. Anthony, Jr., but there is one short autobiographical sketch about the experiences of Daniel Anthony, Jr., as an editor.

Scope and content: Collection described by Marilyn Dell Brady, Lela Barnes Intern, 1982.

Contents: Contents: Folder 1. Correspondence: 1907-1908 -- folder 2. Letters received from Theodore Roosevelt, 1917 -- folder 3. Correspondence: 1925-1928 -- folder 4. Misc. and undated items.

Related Records or Collections

Other Finding Aid/Index: Finding aid available from the Kansas Historical Society (Topeka) and on its website, http://www.kshs.org/p/daniel-read-anthony-jr-papers/13974

Index Terms


    United States. Congress. House
    Republican Party (Kan.)
    Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
    Anthony family
    Kansas -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950
    Anthony, Daniel Read, 1870-1931
    Paul, Alice, 1885-1977
    Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 -- Correspondence
    Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930
    American letters -- Kansas -- History -- 20th century
    Equal rights amendments -- United States
    Patronage, Political -- Kansas
    Sex discrimination against women -- Law and legislation -- United States
    Women's rights -- United States

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Use and reproduction: Information on literary rights available from the Kansas Historical Society (Topeka).