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Bryan and Leedy Free Silver Flambeau Club song

Bryan and Leedy Free Silver Flambeau Club song
Creator: Van Voorhis, Harvey B.
Date: 1890s
This People's Party campaign song rallies the party for an upcoming political election. Song No. 2, composed by Maj. H.B. Van Voorhis.


Bryan and Leedy Free Silver Flambeau Club song

Bryan and Leedy Free Silver Flambeau Club song
Creator: Van Voorhis, Harvey B.
Date: 1890s
This People's Party campaign song rallies the party for an upcoming political election. Song No. 4, composed by Maj. H.B. Van Voorhis.


Jason A. McCarrick to Governor John Leedy

Jason A. McCarrick to Governor John Leedy
Creator: McCarrick, Jason A.
Date: February 2, 1897
Jason A. McCarrick, of Kansas City, Kansas, advises Governor John W. Leedy, of Topeka, on the political importance of the office of Labor Commissioner to the Populist Party. McCarrick recommends Frank Shannon of Wyandotte County for that appointment. McCarrick argues that the conduct of the commissioner could either attract workers to the party or alienate them from it. For this reason, McCarrick suggests the appointee should be involved in the labor movement and willing to promote the Populist Party. The letter also discusses the importance of workers as a pool of potential party members and the importance of Wyandotte County to the political ambitions of the party. Governor Leedy (a Populist or People's Party candidate) beat incumbent Edward N. Morrill in the 1896 election largely due to the alliance of the Democrats and Populists against the Republicans.


John Whitnah Leedy

John Whitnah Leedy
Date: Between 1896 and 1899
This formal portrait shows John Whitnah Leedy, a Civil War veteran from LeRoy, Kansas. Actively involved in the development of Kansas politics, he embraced Republican values until he changed to the Democratic Party in 1872. In 1890, Leedy changed party affiliations once again by joining the People's Party, better known as the Populist Party. Leedy was elected as a Populist to the Kansas Senate in 1892, a position which he served from 1893 to 1895. Leedy was elected as the fourteenth Governor in 1896, defeating Governor Edmund Needham Morrill. Leedy served one term, from January 11, 1897 to January 09, 1899. His administration was noted for establishing the School Textbook Commission, the State printing plant and the State grain commission.


John Whitnah Leedy

John Whitnah Leedy
Date: Between 1897 and 1899
This photograph is an interior view of the Kansas Governor's office with Governor John Whitnah Leedy seated at a desk. He was a Populist from Leroy, Kansas, served as state senator from 1893 to 1897, and served as governor from 1897 to 1899.


John Whitnah Leedy

John Whitnah Leedy
Creator: Downing, George
Date: Between 1893 and 1895
This formal portrait represents John Whitnah Leedy, 1849-1935, Civil War veteran from LeRoy, Kansas. Actively involved in the development of Kansas politics, he embraces Republican values until he changes, in 1872, to the Democrat party. In 1890 Leedy will change party affiliations once again by joining the People's Party; better know as the Populist party. Leedy is elected, in 1892, as a Populist to the Kansas Senate. A position he serves from 1893-1895. Recognized as a notable name in Kansas politics, he accepts the nomination of Kansas governor. Leedy is elected as a Populist and the fourteenth governor, in 1896, defeating Governor Edmund Needham Morrill. Leedy is a one term governor serving from January 11, 1897 to January 09, 1899. His administration is noted for establishing the School Textbook Commission, the State printing plant and the State grain commission.


John Whitnah Leedy house, Leroy, Kansas

John Whitnah Leedy house, Leroy, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
This photograph represents the John Whitnah Leedy house in Leroy, Kansas. John W. Leedy was a Populist State Senator from 1893 to 1897, and Kansas Governor from 1897 to 1899. Standing at the left of the photograph is the eldest child of John W. and Sarah Leedy, Clara Romaine. To Clara's right in Margaret Amos, mother of John W. Beside her, is Sarah Leedy standing with her husband John W. and the Leedy's only son Boyd.


People's Party campaign hand book

People's Party campaign hand book
Creator: Kansas State Central Committee of the People's Party
Date: 1898
This pamphlet is the People's Party political platform statement and public office candidate list of party stalwarts for general election of 1898. It was printed by the Harrington Printing Company, Hiawatha, Kansas.


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