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20th Kansas Volunteer Infantry in the Philippines

20th Kansas Volunteer Infantry in the Philippines
Date: 1899
Here are two photographs showing the 20th Kansas Volunteer Infantry in the Philippines. Photograph number *95 was taken in action at Caloocan on February 22, 1899. The officer observing the soldiers firing is the company commander. His mess kit is hanging up to dry as they fight. Photograph number *96 shows Company H, 20th Kansas Regiment in the field at Caloocan, Philippines on March 24, 1899.


Crossing the Rio Grande de la Pampanga during the Philippine Insurrection

Crossing the Rio Grande de la Pampanga during the Philippine Insurrection
Date: April 27, 1899
Four photographs showing Colonel Frederick Funston and his troops crossing the Rio Grande de la Pampanga during the Philippine Insurrection. While crossing the river under fire, two privates of the 20th, Edward White and William B. Trembly, were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for their heroism.


Fighting Fred Funston Famous Kansan, is Dead

Fighting Fred Funston Famous Kansan, is Dead
Date: February 20, 1917
Headline on the front page of the Topeka Daily Capital, Topeka, Kansas, anouncing the death of Frederick Funston, February 20, 1917.


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: Between 1898 and 1917
This informal portrait shows Colonel Frederick Funston, 1865-1917, dressed in his 20th Kansas Volunteer uniform. He grew up in Iola, Kansas and becomes a prominent military leader in the United State Army. He enrolled and attended the University of Kansas from 1885 to 1888 but did not graduate. Instead of receiving a formal education, Funston receives an education in adventure by working for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company and in 1890 working as a news reporter in Kansas City, Kansas. In the early 1890s he participates in scientific expeditions for the United States Department of Agriculture in the Dakota Badlands, Death Valley, and in Alaska along the Klondike and Yukon Rivers. Funston's need for adventure continues in 1896 when he signs up as a Cuban revolutionary to help forces who are fighting for independence from Spain. He serves eighteen months and is promoted captain of an artillery unit and the rank of a lieutenant colonel. Funston eventually returns to Kansas 1898 and continues to rise through the military ranks when Kansas Governor Leedy appoints Funston colonel of the 20th Kansas infantry which is sent to the Philippine Islands on November 30, 1898. For his effective leadership skills of the 20th Regiment, Funston is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General of volunteers. In June of 1901 he is given the rank as a Brigadier General in the regular army. Recognized as a national hero after the war, Funston is once again recognized for his leadership skills. During the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, California, he keep law and order while providing relief to those who were suffering. After the earthquake Funston serves from mid 1908 to 1910, as Commandant of the Army Service Schools at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1914 he is in command of American troops along the Texas border during the difficulties with Pancho Villa. After the withdrawal of troops on November 17, 1914, Funston is promoted to the rank of Major General. His career as a military leader came to a close on February 19, 1917 when he collapses from a massive heart attack in the lobby of the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: between 1905 and 1908
This studio portrait shows Frederick Funston, 1865-1917. He grew up in Iola, Kansas and becomes a prominent military leader in the United State Army. He enrolled and attended the University of Kansas from 1885 to 1888 but did not graduate. Instead of receiving a formal education, Funston receives an education in adventure by working for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company and in 1890 working as a news reporter in Kansas City, Kansas. In the early 1890s he participates in scientific expeditions for the United States Department of Agriculture in the Dakota Badlands, Death Valley, and in Alaska along the Klondike and Yukon Rivers. Funston's need for adventure continues in 1896 when he signs up as a Cuban revolutionary to help forces who are fighting for independence from Spain. He serves eighteen months and is promoted captain of an artillery unit and the rank of a lieutenant colonel. Funston eventually returns to Kansas 1898 and continues to rise through the military ranks when Kansas Governor Leedy appoints Funston colonel of the 20th Kansas infantry which is sent to the Philippine Islands on November 30, 1898. For his effective leadership skills of the 20th Regiment, Funston is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General of volunteers. In June of 1901 he is given the rank as a Brigadier General in the regular army. Recognized as a national hero after the war, Funston is once again recognized for his leadership skills. During the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, California, he keep law and order while providing relief to those who were suffering. After the earthquake Funston serves from mid 1908 to 1910, as Commandant of the Army Service Schools at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1914 he is in command of American troops along the Texas border during the difficulties with Pancho Villa. After the withdrawal of troops on November 17, 1914, Funston is promoted to the rank of Major General. His career as a military leader came to a close on February 19, 1917 when he collapses from a massive heart attack in the lobby of the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: Between 1906 and 1910
A photograph showing General Frederick Funston with his wife Eda Blankhart Funston, seated at the piano, and two unidentified women at the Funston home in the Presidio of San Francisco, California


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: 1906
A photograph of Frederick Funston posed with the Reconstruction Committee in San Francisco, California. In 1906 he did much to keep law and order in San Francisco and to provide relief to sufferers of the great earthquake. Funston, who grew up in Iola, Kansas, became one of America's most famous military figures. He served with the Cubans who were fighting for independence from Spain, commanded the 20th Kansas Infantry during the Philippine Insurrection, and led American troops on the Texas border during the Punitive Expedition into Mexico.


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: Bewteen 1865 to 1869
This studio portrait shows Frederick Funston, 1865-1917 as a toddler. He grew up in Iola, Kansas and becomes a prominent military leader in the United State Army. He enrolled and attended the University of Kansas from 1885 to 1888 but did not graduate. Instead of receiving a formal education, Funston receives an education in adventure by working for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company and in 1890 working as a news reporter in Kansas City, Kansas. In the early 1890s he participates in scientific expeditions for the United States Department of Agriculture in the Dakota Badlands, Death Valley, and in Alaska along the Klondike and Yukon Rivers. Funston's need for adventure continues in 1896 when he signs up as a Cuban revolutionary to help forces who are fighting for independence from Spain. He serves eighteen months and is promoted captain of an artillery unit and the rank of a lieutenant colonel. Funston eventually returns to Kansas 1898 and continues to rise through the military ranks when Kansas Governor Leedy appoints Funston colonel of the 20th Kansas infantry which is sent to the Philippine Islands on November 30, 1898. For his effective leadership skills of the 20th Regiment, Funston is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General of volunteers. In June of 1901 he is given the rank as a Brigadier General in the regular army. Recognized as a national hero after the war, Funston is once again recognized for his leadership skills. During the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, California, he keep law and order while providing relief to those who were suffering. After the earthquake Funston serves from mid 1908 to 1910, as Commandant of the Army Service Schools at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1914 he is in command of American troops along the Texas border during the difficulties with Pancho Villa. After the withdrawal of troops on November 17, 1914, Funston is promoted to the rank of Major General. His career as a military leader came to a close on February 19, 1917 when he collapses from a massive heart attack in the lobby of the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: between 1905 and 1908
This formal portrait shows Frederick Funston, 1865-1917. He grew up in Iola, Kansas and becomes a prominent military leader in the United State Army. He enrolled and attended the University of Kansas from 1885 to 1888 but did not graduate. Instead of receiving a formal education, Funston receives an education in adventure by working for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company and in 1890 working as a news reporter in Kansas City, Kansas. In the early 1890s he participates in scientific expeditions for the United States Department of Agriculture in the Dakota Badlands, Death Valley, and in Alaska along the Klondike and Yukon Rivers. Funston's need for adventure continues in 1896 when he signs up as a Cuban revolutionary to help forces who are fighting for independence from Spain. He serves eighteen months and is promoted captain of an artillery unit and the rank of a lieutenant colonel. Funston eventually returns to Kansas 1898 and continues to rise through the military ranks when Kansas Governor Leedy appoints Funston colonel of the 20th Kansas infantry which is sent to the Philippine Islands on November 30, 1898. For his effective leadership skills of the 20th Regiment, Funston is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General of volunteers. In June of 1901 he is given the rank as a Brigadier General in the regular army. Recognized as a national hero after the war, Funston is once again recognized for his leadership skills. During the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, California, he keep law and order while providing relief to those who were suffering. After the earthquake Funston serves from mid 1908 to 1910, as Commandant of the Army Service Schools at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1914 he is in command of American troops along the Texas border during the difficulties with Pancho Villa. After the withdrawal of troops on November 17, 1914, Funston is promoted to the rank of Major General. His career as a military leader came to a close on February 19, 1917 when he collapses from a massive heart attack in the lobby of the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: between 1905 and 1908
This studio portrait shows Frederick Funston, 1865-1917. He grew up in Iola, Kansas and becomes a prominent military leader in the United State Army. He enrolled and attended the University of Kansas from 1885 to 1888 but did not graduate. Instead of receiving a formal education, Funston receives an education in adventure by working for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company and in 1890 working as a news reporter in Kansas City, Kansas. In the early 1890s he participates in scientific expeditions for the United States Department of Agriculture in the Dakota Badlands, Death Valley, and in Alaska along the Klondike and Yukon Rivers. Funston's need for adventure continues in 1896 when he signs up as a Cuban revolutionary to help forces who are fighting for independence from Spain. He serves eighteen months and is promoted captain of an artillery unit and the rank of a lieutenant colonel. Funston eventually returns to Kansas 1898 and continues to rise through the military ranks when Kansas Governor Leedy appoints Funston colonel of the 20th Kansas infantry which is sent to the Philippine Islands on November 30, 1898. For his effective leadership skills of the 20th Regiment, Funston is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General of volunteers. In June of 1901 he is given the rank as a Brigadier General in the regular army. Recognized as a national hero after the war, Funston is once again recognized for his leadership skills. During the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, California, he keep law and order while providing relief to those who were suffering. After the earthquake Funston serves from mid 1908 to 1910, as Commandant of the Army Service Schools at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1914 he is in command of American troops along the Texas border during the difficulties with Pancho Villa. After the withdrawal of troops on November 17, 1914, Funston is promoted to the rank of Major General. His career as a military leader came to a close on February 19, 1917 when he collapses from a massive heart attack in the lobby of the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: Between 1892 and 1894
This photograph shows Frederick Funston, 1865-1917, dressed in Eskimo clothing during his scientific exploration in Alaska for the United States Department of Agriculture.


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: Between 1895 and 1899
This studio portrait shows Colonel Frederick Funston, 1865-1917, dressed in his 20th Kansas Volunteer uniform. He grew up in Iola, Kansas and becomes a prominent military leader in the United State Army. He enrolled and attended the University of Kansas from 1885 to 1888 but did not graduate. Instead of receiving a formal education, Funston receives an education in adventure by working for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company and in 1890 working as a news reporter in Kansas City, Kansas. In the early 1890s he participates in scientific expeditions for the United States Department of Agriculture in the Dakota Badlands, Death Valley, and in Alaska along the Klondike and Yukon Rivers. Funston's need for adventure continues in 1896 when he signs up as a Cuban revolutionary to help forces who are fighting for independence from Spain. He serves eighteen months and is promoted captain of an artillery unit and the rank of a lieutenant colonel. Funston eventually returns to Kansas 1898 and continues to rise through the military ranks when Kansas Governor Leedy appoints Funston colonel of the 20th Kansas infantry which is sent to the Philippine Islands on November 30, 1898. For his effective leadership skills of the 20th Regiment, Funston is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General of volunteers. In June of 1901 he is given the rank as a Brigadier General in the regular army. Recognized as a national hero after the war, Funston is once again recognized for his leadership skills. During the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, California, he keep law and order while providing relief to those who were suffering. After the earthquake Funston serves from mid 1908 to 1910, as Commandant of the Army Service Schools at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1914 he is in command of American troops along the Texas border during the difficulties with Pancho Villa. After the withdrawal of troops on November 17, 1914, Funston is promoted to the rank of Major General. His career as a military leader came to a close on February 19, 1917 when he collapses from a massive heart attack in the lobby of the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Creator: Harris & Ewing
Date: 1908
This studio portrait shows Frederick Funston, 1865-1917. He grew up in Iola, Kansas and becomes a prominent military leader in the United State Army. He enrolled and attended the University of Kansas from 1885 to 1888 but did not graduate. Instead of receiving a formal education, Funston receives an education in adventure by working for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company and in 1890 working as a news reporter in Kansas City, Kansas. In the early 1890s he participates in scientific expeditions for the United States Department of Agriculture in the Dakota Badlands, Death Valley, and in Alaska along the Klondike and Yukon Rivers. Funston's need for adventure continues in 1896 when he signs up as a Cuban revolutionary to help forces who are fighting for independence from Spain. He serves eighteen months and is promoted captain of an artillery unit and the rank of a lieutenant colonel. Funston eventually returns to Kansas 1898 and continues to rise through the military ranks when Kansas Governor Leedy appoints Funston colonel of the 20th Kansas infantry which is sent to the Philippine Islands on November 30, 1898. For his effective leadership skills of the 20th Regiment, Funston is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General of volunteers. In June of 1901 he is given the rank as a Brigadier General in the regular army. Recognized as a national hero after the war, Funston is once again recognized for his leadership skills. During the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, California, he keep law and order while providing relief to those who were suffering. After the earthquake Funston serves from mid 1908 to 1910, as Commandant of the Army Service Schools at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1914 he is in command of American troops along the Texas border during the difficulties with Pancho Villa. After the withdrawal of troops on November 17, 1914, Funston is promoted to the rank of Major General. His career as a military leader came to a close on February 19, 1917 when he collapses from a massive heart attack in the lobby of the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: Between 1899 and 1917
This studio portrait shows Frederick Funston, 1865-1917. He grew up in Iola, Kansas and becomes a prominent military leader in the United State Army. He enrolled and attended the University of Kansas from 1885 to 1888 but did not graduate. Instead of receiving a formal education, Funston receives an education in adventure by working for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company and in 1890 working as a news reporter in Kansas City, Kansas. In the early 1890s he participates in scientific expeditions for the United States Department of Agriculture in the Dakota Badlands, Death Valley, and in Alaska along the Klondike and Yukon Rivers. Funston's need for adventure continues in 1896 when he signs up as a Cuban revolutionary to help forces who are fighting for independence from Spain. He serves eighteen months and is promoted captain of an artillery unit and the rank of a lieutenant colonel. Funston eventually returns to Kansas 1898 and continues to rise through the military ranks when Kansas Governor Leedy appoints Funston colonel of the 20th Kansas infantry which is sent to the Philippine Islands on November 30, 1898. For his effective leadership skills of the 20th Regiment, Funston is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General of volunteers. In June of 1901 he is given the rank as a Brigadier General in the regular army. Recognized as a national hero after the war, Funston is once again recognized for his leadership skills. During the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, California, he keep law and order while providing relief to those who were suffering. After the earthquake Funston serves from mid 1908 to 1910, as Commandant of the Army Service Schools at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1914 he is in command of American troops along the Texas border during the difficulties with Pancho Villa. After the withdrawal of troops on November 17, 1914, Funston is promoted to the rank of Major General. His career as a military leader came to a close on February 19, 1917 when he collapses from a massive heart attack in the lobby of the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: 1883
This studio portrait shows Frederick Funston, 1865-1917. He grew up in Iola, Kansas and becomes a prominent military leader in the United State Army. He enrolled and attended the University of Kansas from 1885 to 1888 but did not graduate. Instead of receiving a formal education, Funston receives an education in adventure by working for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company and in 1890 working as a news reporter in Kansas City, Kansas. In the early 1890s he participates in scientific expeditions for the United States Department of Agriculture in the Dakota Badlands, Death Valley, and in Alaska along the Klondike and Yukon Rivers. Funston's need for adventure continues in 1896 when he signs up as a Cuban revolutionary to help forces who are fighting for independence from Spain. He serves eighteen months and is promoted captain of an artillery unit and the rank of a lieutenant colonel. Funston eventually returns to Kansas 1898 and continues to rise through the military ranks when Kansas Governor Leedy appoints Funston colonel of the 20th Kansas infantry which is sent to the Philippine Islands on November 30, 1898. For his effective leadership skills of the 20th Regiment, Funston is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General of volunteers. In June of 1901 he is given the rank as a Brigadier General in the regular army. Recognized as a national hero after the war, Funston is once again recognized for his leadership skills. During the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, California, he keep law and order while providing relief to those who were suffering. After the earthquake Funston serves from mid 1908 to 1910, as Commandant of the Army Service Schools at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1914 he is in command of American troops along the Texas border during the difficulties with Pancho Villa. After the withdrawal of troops on November 17, 1914, Funston is promoted to the rank of Major General. His career as a military leader came to a close on February 19, 1917 when he collapses from a massive heart attack in the lobby of the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: 1901
Portrait of the officers who commanded the expedition that captured Filipino leader Emilio Aguinaldo on March 23, 1901 during the Spanish-American War. They are identified as: (left to right) Lieut. Mitshell, Capt. Hazzard, General Funston, Capt. Newton, and Lieut. Hazzard.


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: Between 1899 and 1917
An informal portrait of Frederick Funston, 1865-1917, standing outside of his residence in San Antonio, Texas.


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
An informal portrait of Frederick Funston, 1865-1917, with a bedroll, metal cup, and rifle.


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Creator: Iola Art Studio, N.W. Cor. Sqr.
Date: Between1896 and 1917
A studio portrait of Frederick Funston, 1865-1917, in the uniform of the Cuban Insurgent Army. This was probably a promotional gimmick coincident with the publication of his lecture "On the inside of the Cuban Revolution."


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: May 20, 1899
An illustration depicting Frederick Funston, 1865-1917, as published on the cover of the May 20, 1899 issue of "Harper's Weekly." The caption reads "Brigadier-General Frederick Funston, U.S.V. The fighting colonel of the 20th Kansas Volunteers, who has been promoted for bravery."


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: November 11, 1899
A portrait of Brigadier-General Frederick Funston, 1865-1917, as printed in the November 11, 1899 issue of "Harper's Weekly." The caption reads "On board the transport "Tartar" on the day of his arrival at San Francisco from Manila."


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: Between January 01, 1875 and December 31, 1885
This studio portrait shows Frederick Funston, 1865-1917 as a young man. He grew up in Iola, Kansas and becomes a prominent military leader in the United State Army. He enrolled and attended the University of Kansas from 1885 to 1888 but did not graduate. Instead of receiving a formal education, Funston receives an education in adventure by working for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company and in 1890 working as a news reporter in Kansas City, Kansas. In the early 1890s he participates in scientific expeditions for the United States Department of Agriculture in the Dakota Badlands, Death Valley, and in Alaska along the Klondike and Yukon Rivers. Funston's need for adventure continues in 1896 when he signs up as a Cuban revolutionary to help forces who are fighting for independence from Spain. He serves eighteen months and is promoted captain of an artillery unit and the rank of a lieutenant colonel. Funston eventually returns to Kansas 1898 and continues to rise through the military ranks when Kansas Governor Leedy appoints Funston colonel of the 20th Kansas infantry which is sent to the Philippine Islands on November 30, 1898. For his effective leadership skills of the 20th Regiment, Funston is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General of volunteers. In June of 1901 he is given the rank as a Brigadier General in the regular army. Recognized as a national hero after the war, Funston is once again recognized for his leadership skills. During the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, California, he keep law and order while providing relief to those who were suffering. After the earthquake Funston serves from mid 1908 to 1910, as Commandant of the Army Service Schools at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1914 he is in command of American troops along the Texas border during the difficulties with Pancho Villa. After the withdrawal of troops on November 17, 1914, Funston is promoted to the rank of Major General. His career as a military leader came to a close on February 19, 1917 when he collapses from a massive heart attack in the lobby of the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: Around 1914
A portrait of Frederick Funston, 1865-1917, at the time of his command of U.S. forces at Vera Cruz, Mexico.


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Creator: Miller, Grant H.
Date: Between January 01, 1898 and February 20, 1917
This studio portrait shows Frederick Funston, 1865-1917, dressed in his 20th Kansas Volunteer uniform. He grew up in Iola, Kansas and becomes a prominent military leader in the United State Army. He enrolled and attended the University of Kansas from 1885 to 1888 but did not graduate. Instead of receiving a formal education, Funston receives an education in adventure by working for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company and in 1890 working as a news reporter in Kansas City, Kansas. In the early 1890s he participates in scientific expeditions for the United States Department of Agriculture in the Dakota Badlands, Death Valley, and in Alaska along the Klondike and Yukon Rivers. Funston's need for adventure continues in 1896 when he signs up as a Cuban revolutionary to help forces who are fighting for independence from Spain. He serves eighteen months and is promoted captain of an artillery unit and the rank of a lieutenant colonel. Funston eventually returns to Kansas 1898 and continues to rise through the military ranks when Kansas Governor Leedy appoints Funston colonel of the 20th Kansas infantry which is sent to the Philippine Islands on November 30, 1898. For his effective leadership skills of the 20th Regiment, Funston is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General of volunteers. In June of 1901 he is given the rank as a Brigadier General in the regular army. Recognized as a national hero after the war, Funston is once again recognized for his leadership skills. During the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, California, he keep law and order while providing relief to those who were suffering. After the earthquake Funston serves from mid 1908 to 1910, as Commandant of the Army Service Schools at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1914 he is in command of American troops along the Texas border during the difficulties with Pancho Villa. After the withdrawal of troops on November 17, 1914, Funston is promoted to the rank of Major General. His career as a military leader came to a close on February 19, 1917 when he collapses from a massive heart attack in the lobby of the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Creator: Mettner's Studio, Lawrence, Kansas
Date: 1883
This studio portrait shows Frederick Funston, 1865-1917, as an 18 year old student. He grew up in Iola, Kansas and becomes a prominent military leader in the United State Army. He enrolled and attended the University of Kansas from 1885 to 1888 but did not graduate. Instead of receiving a formal education, Funston receives an education in adventure by working for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company and in 1890 working as a news reporter in Kansas City, Kansas. In the early 1890s he participates in scientific expeditions for the United States Department of Agriculture in the Dakota Badlands, Death Valley, and in Alaska along the Klondike and Yukon Rivers. Funston's need for adventure continues in 1896 when he signs up as a Cuban revolutionary to help forces who are fighting for independence from Spain. He serves eighteen months and is promoted captain of an artillery unit and the rank of a lieutenant colonel. Funston eventually returns to Kansas 1898 and continues to rise through the military ranks when Kansas Governor Leedy appoints Funston colonel of the 20th Kansas infantry which is sent to the Philippine Islands on November 30, 1898. For his effective leadership skills of the 20th Regiment, Funston is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General of volunteers. In June of 1901 he is given the rank as a Brigadier General in the regular army. Recognized as a national hero after the war, Funston is once again recognized for his leadership skills. During the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, California, he keep law and order while providing relief to those who were suffering. After the earthquake Funston serves from mid 1908 to 1910, as Commandant of the Army Service Schools at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1914 he is in command of American troops along the Texas border during the difficulties with Pancho Villa. After the withdrawal of troops on November 17, 1914, Funston is promoted to the rank of Major General. His career as a military leader came to a close on February 19, 1917 when he collapses from a massive heart attack in the lobby of the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.


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