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(1806-1859) - The first surveyor-general of Kansas and a pro-slavery
Lawyer, author, and politician.
(18?-1856) - An early settler of
Douglas County, Cantreel was killed by
(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.
(1828-1888) - A businessman in
Leavenworth, Carney became the
second governor of the State of Kansas.
(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.
A chronicler of the Coronado Expedition to Quivira.
- A pro-slavery advocate and Associate Justice of the Territory of
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
Indian to lead an American diocese.
Mabel Chase (
1876-1962) - First female sheriff in
- 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
George Washington Clarke
- A pro-slavery border ruffian, Clarke was involved in a number of
skirmishes before he was finally driven from the state permanently in 1858.
(1831-1909) - One of the early members of Congress from
Kansas and a
Clark Clifford (1906-1998) - From Fort Scott,
Clifford served as special counsel to President Truman, and later as Secretary
Nellie Cline - From William F. Cloud
Indian fighter in
Kansas, Could County is named in his honor.
"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.
(1855-1930) - Historian, author and businessman.
Martin Franklin Conway (
1827-1882) - From
Leavenworth, Conway was the first U.S. Congressman to
Thomas R. Boston Corbett (
1832-??) - From Concordia, Corbett is credited with shooting John Wilkes Booth.
- Author and minister, Cordley was present at the
and lived to write about it.
Crawford (1827-1891) - Lawyer, journalist and founder of Fort Scott,
Crawford (1835-1913) - Lawyer, soldier and third
governor of the State of
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
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
Charles Curtis (1860-1939) - Of Kanza
descent, Curtis served in the U.S. House of Representatives and
Senate, and as Vice President of the United States
John Davis (1820-1901) -
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.
Free-State advocate, soldier, and politician.
Jurist, politician and
- James William
Secretary and governor of the Territory of Kansas.
Anne Le Porte Diggs (1853-1916) - From
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.
The first United States Marshal of
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
purchased a Racket Store in
Abilene. Along with brother, Wilbur, they soon
founded Duckwall Brothers was founded, featuring
everything needed for the home.
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
Wyatt Earp (1848-1929)
- Wichita and
Dodge City lawman.
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) - From
Eisenhower was five-star U.S.
Army General, Supreme Allied Commander of the European theater,
and President of the United States.
(1823-??) - Politician, Indian Agent and businessman, Elder was for many
years intimately connected with Kansas affairs.
(1819-1864) - One of the first
Associate Justices of Kansas
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.
(1829-1896) - Military officer,
Free-State advocate and
first Chief Justice of the State of Kansas.
Fairfax (1840-??) - From Chautauqua County, Fairfax was a
Civil War veteran
and the first
African American elected to a state legislature.
David W. Finney
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
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.
Indian agent in 1856, Gay became a victim of the pro-slavery partisans during
Kansas-Missouri Border War
(1819-1873) - The third Territorial Governor of Kansas.
- Businessman, author and one of the founders of Topeka.
The ninth governor of Kansas.
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.
(18??-1864) - Military Officer and
(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
Jane Grant (1892-1972)
- Born in Missouri and raised in Girard, Kansas, she co-founded The New York Times with her first husband Harold
Georgia Neese Clark Gray (1900-1995) - From Richland,
she was the first
woman to serve as U.S. Treasurer.
(1855-1890) - Fourth governor of the State of Kansas.
(1873-1909) - Poet and humorist.
Zula Bennington "Peggy" Greene (1895-1988)
- From Topeka, she was an author
Minnie J. Grinstead (18??-1925)
- From Seward County, she was one of the
state's first female legislators.
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