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Williard Davis

Mullen

This cabinet card shows Willard Davis, who served as Kansas' 10th Attorney General from January 8, 1877 to January 10, 1881. He was born January 26, 1837 in Madison County, Kentucky. He attended Missouri University, then studied law at Lexington, Kentucky, and was admitted to practice there. When the war began, he was commissioned into the Union army as a Lieutenant in the Thirty-First Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, but his military career was brief due to failing health. On March 14, 1863, Davis was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as the Internal Revenue Collector for Kentucky. He held the position until September 1, 1866 when he was dismissed for failure to accept President Andrew Johnson's policies. Davis resumed his law career and advocated for civil rights for freed slaves. In the fall of 1870, Davis moved to Neosho Falls, Kansas and became the attorney for the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company. The following year he settled in Parsons, Kansas and was elected the town's first mayor. To focus on his political career, he resigned from the railroad in 1873. In 1874, he was elected county attorney for Labette County, Kansas. He held this office until he was elected in 1876 to serve as Attorney General for the State of Kansas. After two terms he returned to his private law practice. On December 6, 1885 at the age of forty-eight, he passed away after a lengthy illness at his home at Eleventh and Van Buren Street in Topeka, Kansas.

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Albert Howell Horton

In 1874 Albert Howell Horton was elected to a term in the Kansas House of Representatives and in 1876 was elected to a term in the Kansas Senate. In 1876 he was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court.

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Albert Howell Horton & wife

In 1874, Albert Horton was elected to a term in the Kansas House of Representatives and in 1876 was elected to a term in the Kansas Senate. In 1876 he was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court.

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Michael Westernhouse Sutton

A portrait of Michael Westernhouse Sutton, an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad attorney in Dodge City, Kansas. Sutton, a prohibitionist, worked against his friend William Barkley "Bat" Masterson during the liquor war of 1886. Also, he served in the Kansas House of Representatives in 1893 representing District 97.

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Solon Otis Thacher

Mettner Studios of Lawrence

A photograph of Solon Otis Thacher, a lawyer, who came to Lawrence, Kansas Territory in July, 1858. In 1859, he was elected as a delegate to the Wyandotte Constitutional Convention. After Kansas became a state, he was elected judge of the fourth judicial district. Thacher served in the state senate in 1881-1884 and 1893-1895, and was a candidate for Governor in 1864 and 1882. In 1884, President Arthur appointed him a member of a commission to negotiate treaties with South American countries. Thacher was president of the Kansas State Historical Society in 1895.

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John Lewis Waller

Martin, H. T.

This sepia colored cabinet card shows John Lewis Waller, 1850-1907. Born into slavery, Waller overcame his humble beginnings to become an accomplished lawyer, journalist, politician and diplomat. He migrated to Kansas in the spring of 1878, after hearing of Pap Singleton's efforts to colonize Blacks in the state.

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DeWitt Clinton Nellis

A photograph of DeWitt Clinton Nellis, lawyer and judge. Nellis came to Topeka, Kansas in 1871 where he taught school and studied law. He was admitted to the bar on February 21, 1873 and worked in the law office of Martin, Burns & Case. In 1873, he was appointed county attorney of Ellis County, Kansas and served four successive terms. On March 15, 1881, Nellis was appointed judge of the 17th Judicial District of Kansas by Governor John P. St. John. Nellis was a candidate for Kansas Attorney General but was defeated at the 1884 Republican convention in Topeka. In June 1885, he moved to Topeka and practiced law. Nellis developed hearing problems and retired from active practice in 1887. After leaving his law practice, he became secretary of the Kansas Farmer Company.

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Simeon Briggs Bradford

Thomson, D. P.

This a cabinet card photograph of Simeon Briggs Bradford who was Kansas Attorney General from January 12, 1885 to January 14, 1889.

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Ira J. Lacock

Hickox, R.A., Hiawatha, Kansas

This cabinet card shows Ira J. Lacock (1831-1900), a lawyer from Hiawatha, Kansas. Lacock was a native of Washington County, Pennsylvania and graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in 1856 and later admitted to the bar in 1858. He moved in 1860 to Hiawatha, Kansas where he built a thriving law practice. During the Civil War, he organized and became captain of the Hiawatha Guards. This local militia attempted to join the First Kansas Infantry but later disbanded when their services were not needed. In 1862, he ran on the Republican ticket and was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives from the eleventh district. He was re-elected in 1863 and in 1865. At the start of Lancock's third term, his constituents asked that he resign for his failure to support a bill that allowed the railroad companies to obtain land that was originally entitled to the school district. On February 12, 1866, Lacock resigned his seat in the legislature and returned to Hiawatha. On August 16, 1866, he purchased the Union Sentinel newspaper. For a year he published and edited the paper before selling it on November 7, 1867. He was elected county attorney of Brown County in 1872, 1878, and 1888. For a number of years he also served as a Mason and master of Hiawatha Lodge, No. 35. On June 18, 1900 while addressing a meeting at the court house, Ira J. Lacock dropped to the floor dead at the age of sixty-nine.

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William Eugene Stanley

This black and white photograph shows William Eugene Stanley, (1844-1910). Stanley, a native of Ohio, settled in Jefferson County, Kansas, in 1870 to practice law. He entered public service, in 1871, by serving as the Jefferson County attorney, (1871-1872). A few years later he became the Sedgwick County attorney, (1874-1880). In 1880, he made a political bid for a seat in the Kansas House of Representatives and served one term as a Republican from the ninety-second district, (1881-1883). Stanley resumed his political career in 1898, when he was elected the fifteenth governor of Kansas. He was also re-elected in 1901 to a second term. During his administration, the Kansas supreme court was increased to seven justices and funds were appropriated to finish the construction on the statehouse. Stanley left office on January 12, 1903 to return to private life in Wichita, Kansas, and to practice law. On October 13, 1910, William Eugene Stanley passed away at the age of sixty-six. He was later buried at the Highland Cemetery in Wichita, Kansas.

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