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This black and white photograph shows Preston Bierce Plumb, (1837-1891). Plumb a newspaper editor and publisher from Berkshire, Ohio, migrated, 1856, to the Kansas territory. A supporter of the Free State movement and founder of Emporia, Kansas, in 1857, Plumb was one of Kansas' prominent leaders. In 1858, he was a delegate to the Leavenworth Constitutional Convention. Three years later, in 1861, Plumb was elected as a Republican to the Kansas House of Representatives. The start of the Civil War put a temporary hold on Plumb's political career, when he enlisted in the Union Army as a second lieutenant with the 11th Kansas Infantry. When the regiment was reassigned as the 11th Kansas Cavalry, in 1863, Plumb served as captain, major, and lieutenant colonel. During the war he was involved in several skirmishes and battles including: Prairie Grove, Price's Raid, and Westport. At the close of the war, Plumb returned to Kansas. He resumed his political career by serving in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1867 to 1868. Plumb did not seek reelection, in 1869, but returned to private life in Emporia, Kansas. For several years Plumb practiced law and banking until 1877 when he was elected to the U.S. Senate. He served for fourteen years as a U.S. Senator from Kansas and was responsible for passing major legislation that preserved the conservation of natural resources in the United States. On December 20, 1891, Preston Bierce Plumb passed away at the age of fifty-four while serving in office.

Date: Between 1880 and 1890

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Item Number: 213915
Call Number: B Plumb, Preston B. *9
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 213915

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