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Benjamin Stringfellow

Portrait of Benjamin Stringfellow, attorney and pro-slavery activist. In 1838, Stringfellow settled in Missouri, where he served in the house of representatives, and was attorney general for four years. After moving to Weston, Missouri, he became a member and officer of the Platte County Self-Defensive Association (an aggressive pro-slavery organization). He wrote a pamphlet entitled "Negro Slavery No Evil, or the North and the South." In 1858, Stringfellow moved to Atchison, Kansas Territory, where he helped build the town and was an attorney for the Kansas City, St. Joseph & Council Bluffs Railroad.

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John Palmer Usher

Corwin, E.H.

This cabinet card shows John Palmer Usher (1816-1889), a lawyer from Indiana, who served as U. S. Secretary of the Interior in President Abraham Lincoln's cabinet. Usher served only two years (1863-1865) before returning to private life. In 1865, he become the chief counsel for the Kansas Pacific Railroad; a position he held until his retirement in 1880. Usher, also, resumed his political career, when he moved to Lawrence, Kansas, in 1872, and was elected to one term as the town's mayor (1879 to 1881). On April 13, 1889, at the age of seventy-three, Usher passed away at the University Hospital in Philadelphia after a lengthy illness. He is burial at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, Kansas.

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