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  • Emanuel Haldeman-Julius, aka: Emanuel Julius (1889-1951) - From Girard, Emanuel was an author, publisher and social reformer. Julius changed his name after he married Anna Marcet Haldeman.

  • Anna Marcet Haldeman-Julius (1887-1941) - From Girard, she was an actress, bank president, and author.

  • John A. HaldermanJohn A. Halderman (1833?-1908) - Soldier, statesman and diplomat from Leavenworth.

  • Charles A. Hamelton - A pro-slavery leader during the Kansas-Missouri Border War.

  • Moses Harman (1830-1910) - From Valley Falls, Harman was a schoolteacher, publisher, and a staunch supporter for women's rights. He was prosecuted under the Comstock Law for content published in his anarchist periodical Lucifer the Lightbearer.

  • William Alexander Harris (1841-1909) -Civil engineer and United States Senator.

  • Fred Harvey (1835-1901) - From Leavenworth, Harvey started the national chain of famous Harvey House restaurants and hotels that once stood at many of the railroad stations in the West.

  • James Madison Harvey (1833-1894) - The fifth governor of Kansas.

  • Carl A. Hatch (1889-1963) - From Kirwin, he was a U.S. Senator and U.S. District Judge, and author of the Hatch Act.

  • Coleman Hawkins (1904-1969) - From Topeka, he was a jazz saxophonist who played with Dizzy Gillespie, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie.

  • Steve Hawley (1952-present) - Born in Ottawa and raised in Salina, Hawley was an astronaut who was a mission specialist on the maiden flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery. Today he is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas.

  • Seth M. Hays (1811-1873) - The grandson of Daniel Boone, Seth M. Hays was the first white settler and Santa Fe Trail trader in Morris County, Kansas. He was the founder of Council Grove. His home, a stone barn, and restaurant continue to stand today.

  • Clara H. Hazelrigg (1859-??) - Teacher, author and evangelist.

  • Ben Hibbs (1901-1975) - From Pretty Prairie, Hibbs became the editor of the Saturday Evening Post and Reader's Digest.

  • James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok (1837-1876) - Abilene and Elsworth gunfighter and lawman.

  • Edward W. Hoch (1849-1920) - Newspaper publisher and the 17th Governor of Kansas from 1905 to 1909.

  • Christian Hoecken (??-1851) - An early Catholic Missionary to the Kickapoo Indians.

  • Cyrus K. Holliday (1826-1900) - One of the founders of Topeka, first president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, as well as one of the railroad's directors for nearly 40 years.

  • Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937) - Newspaper and magazine editor in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was well traveled and known for his sharp wit in his editorials.

  • Thomas Sears Huffaker (1825-1910) - A pioneer teacher of Kansas, one of the founders of Council Grove, and a politician.

  • James Langston Hughes ( 1902-1967) - Raised in Kansas, Hughes was an African-American poet, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist.

  • Elanor "Peggy" Goodnough Hull Deuell (1889-1967) - Born and raised in Kansas, Deuell was the first woman war correspondent accredtied by the U.S. government and the first woman to serve on four battlefronts.

  • Lyman Underwood Humphrey (1844-1915) - The 11th governor of the State of Kansas.

  • Walter A. Huxman (1887-1972) - The 27th Governor of Kansas.


  • John James Ingalls ( 1833-1900) - From Atchison, Ingalls served in the U.S. Senate and submitted the design for the state seal and proposed the state motto.

  • William Inge (1913 - 1973) - From Independence, Inge was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.

  • Henry Inman (1837-1899) - Soldier and author from Topeka.

  • Samuel M. Irvin (1812-1887) - An early missionary and teacher to the Sac and Fox Indians.


  • Juan Jaramillo - Spanish soldier and narrator, Jaramillo was with Coronado in the expedition to Quivira

  • Charles Ransford Jennison (1834-1884) - A physician and anti-slavery Jayhawker who led the Redlegs.

  • Eva Jessye (1895-1992) - From Coffeyville, Jessye was the first African-American woman to receive international distinction as a professional choral conductor. She herself was also a singer, as well as an actrees, composer, author and poet.

  • Osa Johnson ( 1894-1953) From Chanute, Osa and her husband Martin, made themselves known as photographers, explorers, naturalist and authors.

  • Martin Johnson ( 1884-1937) - From Lincoln, Martin and his wife, Osa, made themselves known as photographers, explorers, naturalist and authors.

  • Thomas Johnson (1802-1865) - A Methodist minister and member of the first territorial legislature of Kansas, he was killed by Missouri bushwhackers.

  • Walter "Big Train" Johnson ( 1887-1946) - From Humboldt, Johnson was a pitcher for the Washington Senators and inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.

  • Charles J. "Buffalo" Jones ( 1844-1918) - From Garden City, Jones helped to found the town and was renowned as one of the first to preserve the buffalo. He was also a cattle rancher, game warden at Yellowstone National Park.

  • Samuel J. Jones - Douglas County Sheriff who led the Sacking of Lawrence in 1856.

  • Alvin "Creepy" Karpis (1908-1979) - Raised in Topeka, Karpis was a bank robber, bootlegger, who spent time in Alcatraz.



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