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James Lane

(1814 - 1866)

  • Born in Indiana
  • Moved to Lawrence in 1855 and joined free-state forces
  • Nicknamed “Grim Chieftain”
  • Served as president of the Topeka and Leavenworth constitutional conventions
  • Elected one of state’s first U.S. senators
  • Formed the First Kansas Colored Volunteers

Find more about James Lane in Kansapedia.