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A portrait of Richard Cordley, pastor of the Plymouth Congregational Church, Lawrence, Kansas, for thirty-eight years. Cordley preached his first sermon on December 2, 1857, and he remained as pastor until 1875, when he went to Flint, Michigan for awhile, after which he was pastor of a church at Emporia, Kansas, for six years. In 1884 he returned to Lawrence and continued as pastor of the Plymouth Church until his death, which occurred on July 11, 1904. At the time of the Quantrill raid, August 21,1863, his house and all its contents were burned, and he was one of the persons marked for death, but he managed to elude the guerrillas. In 1874, the University of Kansas conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Divinity. He served for some time as a regent of the Kansas Agricultural College, and was for several years president of the Lawrence Board of Education. He was the author of "Pioneer Days in Kansas" and a "History of Lawrence," and was a contributor to magazines and church periodicals.

Date: Between 1865 and 1866

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Cordley's portrait might be used as a lead-in to his experience during William Quantrill's raid on Lawrence on August 21, 1863. Furthermore, the portrait can be used as a tool to discuss the violence of the raid, which included the burning of Cordley's home and the fact that he was one of the primary targets of Quantrill's raiders.

KS: 7th: 2.6: important events in Kansas during the Civil War

Item Number: 211282
Call Number: B Cordley, Richard *1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 211282

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