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Men [and women] of Kansas

Topeka Capital

This volume is a collection of portraits of Kansas business owners, professionals, public officials, and politicians in 1905. Despite its title, this volume does include women also. The women included are physicians, osteopaths, and educators. The professions covered include: educators, clergy, lawyers, bankers, real estate, life insurance, lodge officials, architects, postmasters, physicians, dentists, artists, telephones, utilities, merchants, manufacturers, osteopathy, U.S. marshals, government officials, editors and publishers, railroads, military, and photographers. A name index begins on page 633 and it is also reproduced under Text Version below.

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William Lincoln Sayers

This photograph shows William Lincoln Sayers, (1872-1956), attorney from Graham county Kansas. He migrated to Graham county between 1887 and 1888 from Fall City, Nebraska with his six siblings and widowed mother. With an ambition for education he graduated at the age of fifteen with a teaching certificate and began teaching at age sixteen. As he taught school in Graham county he also "read law" in his spare time. In 1898 he began his career as a public servant as Clerk of the Court in Nicodemus, Kansas. Although he never graduated from law school, he was elected county attorney for Graham county in 1900, 1912, and 1914. He was only the second African American to be elected Graham County Attorney, the first being George Washington Jones. Sayers practiced law for more then fifty years in western Kansas and the Kansas Supreme Court. On March 26, 1956 he passed away at the age of eighty-four.

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Joseph B. Tomlinson

This black and white photograph shows Joseph B. Tomlinson, (1861-1922). Tomlinson, a native of Ohio, settled in Ottawa County, Kansas in 1881, to teach school and study law in the office of D.C. Chipman in Minneapolis, Kansas. He passed the bar, in 1890, and devoted his time and energy to up-holding the law and defending citizens' rights. In 1891, Kansas Governor William Stanley appointed Tomlinson warden of the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing, Kansas. During his brief tenure as warden, Tomlinson successfully managed to keep over 280 convicts from striking in the penitentiary coal mines without violence or outside assistance. He resigned from the warden's position, in 1901, to return to private life. In 1903, he moved to Independence, Kansas.

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