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James Barnes Whitaker correspondence

This collection includes materials related to all aspects of James Barnes Whitaker's professional life, including his real estate business and his legal career, particularly for the pensioners he helped. He came to Tecumseh, Shawnee County in 1856 and worked there as a surveyor. In 1857, he moved to Topeka where he remained, serving as county sheriff, surveyor, and Topeka city engineer. He owned an abstract and real estate business in Topeka and was an attorney, representing numerous Civil War veterans in obtaining disability pensions, many of whom served in Kansas units. The collection consists of Whitaker's correspondence (arranged chronologically) and Whitaker's 1857 certificate of appointment as a U.S. Deputy Marshal.

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Wallace business directory, Wallace, Kansas

This photograph shows a framed display board labeled, "Wallace, the Metropolis of Western Kansas. Directory of the thoroughly reliable business houses." There are 17 businesses advertised on the display, and many of the advertisement also contain photographs of the business buildings. Businesses listed include: Robert M. Auchard, Land, Loan and Insurance Agent; Peter Robidoux, Pioneer Merchant of Wallace; Felix T. Gandy, Real Estate Broker; Forker and McQuiston, Fresh and Salt Meats; Charles H. Musser, Sheet Metalware, Pumps, Stoves, Tinware, Iron pipe and fitting; Wallace County Register; Merchants Bank of Wallace; W. A. Oetzer, Druggist and Pharmacist; C. M. Henkel, Watchmaker and Jeweler; J. R. Hanger, Popular Barber Shop; B. I. Look and Company, Dry Goods and Clothing; A. J. Phillips, Fresh and Salt Meats; J. W. Dilworth, Grocery Headquarters; Law and Land Office; Dr. J. Haggart, Physician and Surgeon; Caufman and Coburn, Livery, Feed, and Sale Stables; and The Albany House.

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Eugene Ware correspondence

This is a series of correspondence to and from Eugene Fitch Ware (1841-1911). Ware moved to Fort Scott, Kansas, after the Civil War and became employed at the Fort Scott Monitor. In 1879, Ware began the first of three terms in the Kansas State Senate. During his terms of office, Ware introduced bills concerning railroads, life insurance, militia, and relief and support of the poor as well as bills of a more local nature. Ware moved to Topeka in 1893 to become a partner with Charles Gleed and his brother, James, forming the law firm of Gleed, Ware and Gleed. In addition to journalism, law, and politics, Ware used the pseudonym, Ironquill, for his literary and poetic achievements. His works include "Neutralia" and "The Rhymes of Ironquill". For a complete contents list of the papers of Eugene Fitch Ware, see the External Links below.

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Samuel Austin Kingman

Portrait of Samuel Austin Kingman, Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court, 1861-1865 and Chief Justice, 1867-1876.

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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 to 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. Stanley left office on January 12, 1903 to return to private life in Wichita, Kansas and to practice law. On October 13, 1919, William Eugene Stanley died at the age of 66. He was buried at the Highland Cemetery in Wichita, Kansas.

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Nelson Case

This black and white photograph shows Nelson Case, (1845-1921). Case a graduate of the University of Michigan settled in the town of Oswego, Kansas, in May 1869, to practice civil and criminal law. Considered an honest and honorable lawyer among his peers, Case was appointed a probate judge in June 1880, by Governor St. John. He was twice re-elected to the bench, but didn't seek a third term. Case soon returned to practicing law and crusading for prohibition. A long time supporter of the temperance movement, Case successfully banished saloons from the town of Oswego and rallied for the constitutional amendment of prohibition. Actively involved in the community, he held a number of elected and appointed positions. Case served as the city attorney of Oswego and was the editor of the Oswego Independent newspaper. He was also a member of the Republican Party, and was appointed to the Board of Regents at the State Normal School in Emporia. In his spare time, he authored a number of books including "The History of Labette County" and "The Constitutional History of the United States".

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William Foster Means

Chase Studio, Hiawatha, KS

This cabinet card shows William Foster Means (1861-1930), a lawyer from Hiawatha, Kansas. Means, a native of DeKalb County, Missouri, graduated from the University of Missouri in 1885 with a degree in law and was admitted to the bar in 1887. He promptly moved to Horton, Kansas, in 1887 to practice civil law. Considered a conservative and thoroughly educated attorney by his peers, Means was elected county attorney of Brown County in the fall of 1890. Upon assuming the office he moved to Hiawatha, Kansas. Means was re-elected in 1894 and in 1900 respectively as county attorney. He did not seek re-election in 1904 but returned to private life. Actively involved in the community, Means held a number of elected and appointed positions from city attorney of Hiawatha to serving on the local school board. In addition to these positions, he was a member of the Republican party and one of the founders of the Citizen's Bank of Hiawatha. He also served as a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

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William Eugene Stanley

This sepia colored photograph shows William Eugene Stanley (front row wearing a dark suit) during military maneuvers for the Kansas National Guard in Ft. Riley, Kansas. Stanley entered public office in 1871. In 1898, he was elected as the fifteenth governor of Kansas, a position he held until 1903. Afterwards, he returned to Wichita, Kansas to practice law.

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Scenes of Sherman County, Kansas

Multiple scenes of Sherman County, Kansas.

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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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