The black and white photograph shows Thomas Ewing, Jr., 1829-1896, in a military uniform. A native of Ohio he migrated to the Kansas Territory in 1856 to practice law in Leavenworth, Kansas. As a supporter of the free state party, Ewing became a delegate in 1858 to the Leavenworth Constitutional Convention. In 1861, he was appointed as the state of Kansas' first chief justice of the supreme court. With the outbreak of the Civil War Ewing enlisted in the Union army and became a colonel of the Eleventh Kansas infantry regiment. He rose through the ranks to brigadier general and to breveted major general before mustering out of service in 1865. After the war Ewing became active in the Greenback wing of the Democrat party and served in the United States house of representatives from the state of Ohio. On January 21, 1896 Ewing passed away at the age of sixty-seven from injuries received in a street car accident in New York City.