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  • John Calhoun (1806-1859) - The first surveyor-general of Kansas and a pro-slavery partisan.

  • George Campbell (1848-??) - Lawyer, author, and politician.

  • Jacob Cantrell (18?-1856) - An early settler of Douglas County, Cantreel was killed by pro-slavery advocates.

  • Arthur Capper (1865-1951) - Publisher, governor, and U.S. Senator.

  • Frank Carlson (1893-1987) - From Concordia, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and as governor.

  • Frank Carney (1938-present) - Along with brother, Dan, established the first Pizaa Hut Restaurant in Wichita, Kansas after borrowing $600 from their mother. Two years later they franchised their first Pizza Hut restaurant in Topeka.

  • Thomas Carney (1828-1888) -  A businessman in Leavenworth, Carney became the second governor of the State of Kansas.

  • Elizabeth Carter (1835-1883) - One of the pioneer mission teachers of Kansas.

  • George Washington Carver (1864-1943) - An agricultural scientist, Carver mortgaged his Kansas homestead to go to college.

  • Pedro De Castaneda - A chronicler of the Coronado Expedition to Quivira.

  • Sterling G. Cato (??-1867?) - A pro-slavery advocate and Associate Justice of the Territory of Kansas.

  • Clyde Cessna ( 1879-1954) - Airplane manufacturer from Wichita.

  • Charles Joseph Chaput (1944-present) - From Concordia, and of of French-Canadian and Potawatomi heritage, he was the first American Indian to lead an American diocese.

  • Mabel Chase ( 1876-1962) - First female sheriff in Kansas.

  • Nick Chiles - Editor of longest-running African American newspaper in the nation, the Plaindealer, established in Topeka in 1899.

  • Walter Percy Chrysler ( 1875-1940) - Born in Wamego and raised in Ellis, Chrysler was machinist, railroad man, automotive industry executive, and founder of the Chrysler Corporation.

  • George Washington Clarke - A pro-slavery border ruffian, Clarke was involved in a number of Bleeding Kansas skirmishes before he was finally driven from the state permanently in 1858.

  • Sidney Clarke (1831-1909) - One of the early members of Congress from Kansas and a Free-State advocate.

  • Clark Clifford (1906-1998) - From Fort Scott, Clifford served as special counsel to President Truman, and later as Secretary of Defense.

  • Nellie Cline - From William F. Cloud (1825-1905) - Soldier and Indian fighter in Kansas, Could County is named in his honor.

  • William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846-1917) - Raised in Leavenworth, Cody was a Pony Express rider, buffalo hunter, soldier, scout, and "Wild West Show" promoter.

  • Don Coldsmith ( 1926-present) - Physician, professor, and author of several western fiction books and articles.

  • William Elsey Connelley (1855-1930) - Historian, author and businessman.

  • Martin Franklin Conway ( 1827-1882) - From Leavenworth, Conway was the first U.S. Congressman to represent Kansas.

  • Thomas R. Boston Corbett ( 1832-??) - From Concordia, Corbett is credited with shooting John Wilkes Booth.

  • Richard Cordley (1829-1904) - Author and minister, Cordley was present at the Lawrence Massacre and lived to write about it.

  • George A. Crawford (1827-1891) - Lawyer, journalist and founder of Fort Scott, Kansas.

  • Samuel J. Crawford (1835-1913) - Lawyer, soldier and third governor of the State of Kansas.

  • Samuel J. Crumbine ( 1862-1954) - From Dodge City, Crumbine served as Secretary of the State Board of Health and led public health campaigns against the use of common drinking cups, the roller towel, and the fly.

  • John Steuart Curry 1897-1946) - From Jefferson County, artist was a painter whose career spanned from 1924 until his death. He was noted for his paintings depicting life Kansas. Along with Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood, he was hailed as one of the three great painters of American Regionalism of the first half of the twentieth century.

  • Charles Curtis (1860-1939) - Of Kanza Indian descent, Curtis served in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, and as Vice President of the United States




  • John DavisJohn Davis (1820-1901) - Free-State advocate, member of congress, publisher and author.

  • Kenneth Sydney Davis (1912-1999) - Writer, biographer, aide to Milton Eisenhower, received the Francis Parkman Prize for his biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

  • J. H. Defouri (1830-??) - Early Catholic priest and author.

  • George W. Deitzler (1826-1884) - Free-State advocate, soldier, and politician.

  • Mark W. Delahay (1817-1879) - Jurist, politician and Free-State advocate.

  • James William Denver (18??-1894) - Secretary and governor of the Territory of Kansas.
  • Anne Le Porte Diggs (1853-1916) - From Lawrence, Diggs was a journalist, state librarian, and supporter of Populism and Women's Suffrage.

  • Robert Docking (1925-1983) - 38th Governor of Kansas from 1967 until 1975.

  • Robert Joseph "Bob" Dole (1923-Present) - From Russell, U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, vice presidential candidate in 1976, sought Republican presidential nomination in 1980 and 1988, and 1996 GOP presidential nominee.

  • Israel B. Donalson (1797-1895) - The first United States Marshal of Kansas Territory

  • Aaron Douglas (1899-1979) - From Topeka, Douglas was an African American painter and a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

  • Alva Lease Duckwall (1877-1937) - Originally from Ohio, the family moved to Kansas in 1898. In 1901 Duckwall purchased a Racket Store in Abilene. Along with brother, Wilbur, they soon founded Duckwall Brothers was founded, featuring everything needed for the home.

  • John Dunbar (1804-1857) -  Clergyman, missionary to the Pawnee Indians, and first treasurer of Brown County, Kansas.


  • Amelia Earhart (1897- 1937?) - From Atchison, Earhart was the first woman granted a pilot's license by the National Aeronautics Association and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Wyatt Earp (1848-1929) - Wichita and Dodge City lawman.

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) - From Abilene, Eisenhower was five-star U.S. Army General, Supreme Allied Commander of the European theater, and President of the United States.

  • Peter Percival Elder (1823-??) - Politician, Indian Agent and businessman, Elder was for many years intimately connected with Kansas affairs.

  • Rush Elmore (1819-1864) - One of the first Associate Justices of Kansas Territory.

  • Joe Engle (1932-present) From Chapman commanded the STS-2 Space Shuttle and was a U.S. Air Force colonel.

  • Ron Evans (1933-1990) - From Topeka, Evans was the commander of the pilot ship on Apollo 17.

  • Thomas Ewing, Jr (1829-1896) - Military officer, Free-State advocate and first Chief Justice of the State of Kansas.


  • Alfred Fairfax (1840-??) - From Chautauqua County, Fairfax was a Civil War veteran and the first African American elected to a state legislature.

  • David W. Finney (1839-1916) - A farmer, miller and Kansas legislator.

  • Joan Finney (1925-2001) - First woman to serve as State Treasurer and first woman governor of Kansas. She was the 42nd Governor of Kansas from 1991 to 1995.

  • Ford County Pioneers

  • Frederick Funston (1865-1917) - From Iola, Funston was an adventurer, colonel of the Twentieth Kansas Volunteer Regiment, general in the regular U.S. army, and received Congressional Medal of Honor for action during Philippine Insurrection.

  • John Charles Fremont (1813-1890) - Was an explorer, military officer, and politician who led multiple surveying expeditions, known as Freemont's Expeditions, through the western territory of the United States, including Kansas.


  • Ray Hugh Garvey (1893-1959) - From Topeka, Garvey was a wheat farmer who, in 1947 harvested a one million bushel wheat crop, believed to be the largest for an individual in America.

  • William Gay (18??-1856) - Shawnee and Wyandot Indian agent in 1856, Gay became a victim of the pro-slavery partisans during the Kansas-Missouri Border War

  • John White GearyJohn White Geary (1819-1873) - The third Territorial Governor of Kansas.

  • Fry W. Giles (1819-1898) - Businessman, author and one of the founders of Topeka.

  • George W. Glick (1827-1911) - The ninth governor of Kansas.

  • National S. Goff - From Neosho Falls, Goff was one of the founders of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Katy) Railway Company.

  • Isaac T. Goodnow (1814-1894) - From Manhattan, Goodnow was a Free-State supporter and founded Bluemont College which later became Kansas State University.

  • Grenville L. Gove (18??-1864) - Military Officer and Civil War casualty.

  • Edward Grafstrom (1862-1906) - A mechanical engineer for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, he gave his life while trying to save many who were stranded in the great flood at Topeka.

  • Jane Grant (1892-1972) - Born in Missouri and raised in Girard, Kansas, she co-founded The New York Times with her first husband Harold Ross.

  • Georgia Neese Clark Gray (1900-1995) - From Richland, she was the first woman to serve as U.S. Treasurer.

  • Nehemiah Green (1855-1890) - Fourth governor of the State of Kansas.

  • Roy Farrell Greene (1873-1909) - Poet and humorist.

  • Zula Bennington "Peggy" Greene (1895-1988) - From Topeka, she was an author and columnist.

  • Minnie J. Grinstead (18??-1925) - From Seward County, she was one of the state's first female legislators.


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