You can never really escape. It goes with you, wherever you go. Somehow, the prairie dust gets in your blood, and it flows through your veins until it becomes a part of you. The vast stretches of empty fields, the flat horizons of treeless plains. The simplicity of the people—good, earnest people. The way they talk and the way they live. The lack of occurrence, lack of attention, lack of everything. All that—it’s etched into your soul, and it colors the way you see everything, and it becomes a part of you.
― P.S. Baber, Cassie Draws the Universe
Franklin George Adams (1824-1899) – Free-State advocate, teacher, attorney, and publisher.
Edward “Eddie” J. Adams (1887-1921) – A Kansas bootlegger, car thief, and murderer, Adams was eventually captured and sentenced to life imprisonment. He escaped custody twice and was killed in a shootout with police in Wichita, Kansas, on November 22, 1921.
Henry J. Allen (1868-1950) – Publisher, governor, and U.S. Senator.
John Alexander Anderson (1834-1892) – Minister, congressman, and president of the Kansas State Agricultural College, at Manhattan, Kansas.
Charlie Angell, Sr. (1881-1927) – Inventor of several agricultural improvements to machinery.
Daniel R. Anthony, Jr. (1870-1931) – Journalist and politician from Leavenworth.
Susan Brownell Anthony (1820-1906) – Leader in the American Anti-Slavery Society, she later turned her life’s devotion to women’s suffrage and, with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, founded the National Woman Suffrage Association and the newspaper Revolution.
Willis Joshua Bailey (1854-1932) – U.S. Representative and Sixteenth Governor of Kansas.
Thomas W. Barber (??- 1855) – A free state supporter, was shot and killed by a pro-slavery advocate.
Clarence Batchelor (1888-1977) – Received a Pulitzer Prize in 1937 for editorial cartoons.
Olive Ann Beach (1903-1993) – Aircraft manufacturer and philanthropist.
Walter H. Beech (1891-1950) – Aircraft manufacturer and philanthropist.
Mary “Mother” Bickerdyke ( 1817-1901) – Civil War nurse and veteran’s supporter.
James G. Blunt (1826-1881) – Physician and abolitionist who rose to Union Major General during the Civil War.
David J. Brewer (1837-1910) – Jurist, U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
John R. “Doc” Brinkley ( 1885-1942) – Famous for his goat gland transplants, gubernatorial candidate, and pioneer radio broadcaster.
Joseph L. Bristow – (1861-1944) – Editor and U.S. Senator.
Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet from Topeka.
William L. “Buffalo Bill” Brooks (1832-1874) – Lawman turned outlaw, Brooks served as Marshal in Newton and Dodge City, Kansas, before being arrested for horse theft. He and two other men were lynched by a vigilante mob in Caldwell, Kansas, on July 29, 1874.
Earl R. Browder ( 1891-1973) – American Communist Party leader and presidential candidate from Wichita.
Cleyson Brown (1872-1935) – Utility and telecommunications pioneer from Abilene.
Esther Brown ( 1917-1976) – Civil rights advocate from Kansas City.
Henry Newton Brown (1857-1884) – Brown fought with the Regulators in the Lincoln County War of New Mexico. Later, he became a marshal in Caldwell, Kansas. While serving as a lawman, he made a failed attempt to rob a bank in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, on April 30, 1884. He was immediately captured and hanged the same day by vigilantes.
John Brown (1800-1859) – Abolitionist who advocated and practiced armed insurrection as a means to end all slavery. He led the Pottawatomie Massacre in 1856 in Bleeding Kansas and made his name in the unsuccessful raid at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in 1859.
Blanche K. Bruce – First African American graduate of the University of Kansas in 1885.
George Campbell (1848-??) – Lawyer, author, and politician.
Jacob Cantrell (18??-1856) – An early settler of Douglas County, Cantrell was killed by pro-slavery advocates.
Arthur Capper (1865-1951) – Publisher, governor, and U.S. Senator.
Frank Carlson (1893-1987) – From Concordia, Carlson served in the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and governor.
Frank Carney (1938-present) – Along with his brother, Dan, established the first Pizza Hut Restaurant in Wichita, Kansas, after borrowing $600 from their mother. Two years later, they franchised their first Pizza Hut restaurant in Topeka.
Elizabeth Simerwell 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.
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 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 the 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 a machinist, railroad man, automotive industry executive, and founder of the Chrysler Corporation.
Clark Clifford (1906-1998) – From Fort Scott, Clifford served as special counsel to President Truman and Secretary of Defense.
Nellie Cline – (1886-1984) – Lawyer and the first woman to present oral arguments before the Kansas Supreme Court. Later, she was among the first four women to serve in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1921 to 1924.
Don Coldsmith ( 1926-present) – Physician, professor, and author of several western fiction books and articles.
William Elsey Connelley (1855-1930) – Historian, author, and businessman.
Thomas R. Boston Corbett ( 1832-??) – From Concordia, Corbett is credited with shooting John Wilkes Booth.
George A. Crawford (1827-1891) – Lawyer, journalist, and founder of Fort Scott, Kansas.
Samuel J. Crawford (1835-1913) – Lawyer, soldier, and third governor 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 standard drinking cups, the roller towel, and the fly.
John Steuart Curry 1897-1946) – From Jefferson County, Curry was an artist whose career spanned from 1924 until his death. He was noted for his paintings depicting the life of 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 20th century.
Kenneth Sydney Davis (1912-1999) – Writer, biographer, and 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.
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.
Aaron Douglas (1899-1979) – From Topeka, Douglas was an African American painter and a prominent 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, which features everything needed for the home.
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.
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) – From Abilene, Eisenhower was a 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 intimately connected with Kansas affairs for many years.
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 the first Chief Justice of Kansas.
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.
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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 Fremont’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.
John 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 Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Katy) Railway Company founders.
Isaac T. Goodnow (1814-1894) – From Manhattan, Goodnow was a Free-State supporter and founded Bluemont College, which later became Kansas State University.
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.
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. Halderman (1833?-1908) – Soldier, statesman, and diplomat from Leavenworth.
Moses Harman (1830-1910) – From Valley Falls, Harman was a schoolteacher, publisher, and staunch supporter of 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 railroad stations in the West.
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 Space Shuttle Discovery’s maiden flight. Today he is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas.
Seth M. Hays (1811-1873) – Daniel Boone’s grandson, 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 a restaurant continue to stand today.
Clara H. Hazelrigg (1859-??) – Teacher, author, and evangelist.
Ben Hibbs (1901-1975) – From Pretty Prairie, Hibbs became the Saturday Evening Post and Reader’s Digest editor.
Edward W. Hoch (1849-1920) – Newspaper publisher and the 17th Governor of Kansas from 1905 to 1909.
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.
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 accredited by the U.S. government and the first woman to serve on four battlefronts.
Walter A. Huxman (1887-1972) – The 27th Governor of Kansas.
William Inge (1913 – 1973) – From Independence, Inge was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.
Henry Inman (1837-1899) – Soldier and author from Topeka.
Jayhawkers – The Jayhawkers were militant bands affiliated with the free-state cause during the days of Bleeding Kansas and into the Civil War.
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 was also a singer and an actress, composer, author, and poet.
Osa Johnson ( 1894-1953) From Chanute, Osa and her husband Martin became known as photographers, explorers, naturalists, and authors.
Martin Johnson ( 1884-1937) – From Lincoln, Martin and his wife, Osa, became known as photographers, explorers, naturalists, and authors.
Walter “Big Train” Johnson ( 1887-1946) – From Humboldt, Johnson was a pitcher for the Washington Senators and inducted into 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.
Alvin “Creepy” Karpis (1908-1979) – Raised in Topeka, Karpis was a bank robber, a bootlegger who spent time in Alcatraz.
Kansas Redlegs – Although the “Red Legs” are commonly associated with the Jayhawkers of the Bleeding Kansas era and the Civil War, they were a separate guerilla unit that only fought during the Civil War.
Kanza/Kaw Tribe – From a period extending far back into the past — far back of any written record — the Kanza claimed, as a nation, the region that they ceded to the United States by the treaty of June 1825. They were moved to a reservation in Kansas before being forced into Indian Territory (Oklahoma) in 1873.
Harrison Kelley (1836-1897) – A soldier and member of Congress.
James H. “Dog” Kelley (1834-1912) – Kelley was the Dodge City, Kansas mayor when several Old West’s most famous lawmen worked under him, including Bat, James, and Ed Masterson, as well as Wyatt and Morgan Earp.
Samuel A. Kingman (1818-1904) – A Chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court
E. M. Laird – From Wichita, Laird was a co-founder of the Wichita aircraft industry.
James Henry Lane, aka: “The Grim Chieftain,” Bloody Jim (1814-1866) – Principal leader of anti-slavery forces in Kansas during the Kansas-Missouri Border War and the Civil War.
Samuel Lappin (1831?-1892) – Prominent in Kansas political affairs, Lappin was tried for forgery, counterfeiting, and embezzlement.
Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton (1909-1993) – From Wellsville, Layton became a renowned artist
Mary Elizabeth. Lease (1853 – 1933) – Attorney, lecturer, writer, and supporter of Populism from Wichita.
Samuel D. Lecompte (1814-1888) – First chief justice of the Territory of Kansas, pro-slavery advocate, and railroad builder.
John W. Leedy (1849-1935) – The 14th governor of the State of Kansas
Lorenzo D. Lewelling (1846-1900) – The 12th governor of the State of Kansas
Delano Lewis (1938-present) – From Topeka and Arkansas City, Lewis was a U.S. Department of Justice attorney, Director of the Peace Corps in Nigeria and Uganda, and first African American president of National Public Radio.
Albin K. Longren (1882-1950) From Topeka and Leonardville, Longren was an aviator and engineer.
Julia Louisa Lovejoy (1812-1882) – Ardent abolitionist who lived in Manhattan and Lawrence.
Joseph “Rowdy Joe” Lowe (1845-1899) – Joseph Lowe, aka “Rowdy Joe” Lowe, was a gambler, saloon keeper/owner, and gunfighter in the Old West. Hailing from Illinois, Joe and his wife Kathryn, known as “Rowdy Kate,” made their way to Kansas, roaming through the various cowtowns. After building a reputation as a gunman, Lowe was finally shot down in Denver, Colorado.
Lutie Lytle (1875-??) – From Topeka, Lytle was one of the first African American women to be admitted to the practice of law in the United States.
Margaret Hill McCarter (1860-1938) – Teacher, editor, and novelist.
Kathyrn O’Loughlin McCarthy (1894-1952) – Hays lawyer and first Kansas woman to serve in the U.S. Congress.
Kay McFarland (1935-present) – From Topeka, she was the first woman in Kansas to serve as a district judge and state supreme court justice.
Peter McVicar (1829-1903) – Clergyman, soldier, and educator
Rex Maneval (1890-1974) – From Frankfort, Maneval was an inventor and helicopter manufacturer.
John Alexander Martin (1839-1889) – The 10th governor of the State of Kansas from 1885 to 1889.
Walt Mason (1862-1939) – A poet and humorist.
Edgar Lee Masters (1869-1950) – From Garnett, Masters was a poet and biographer.
William E. Mathewson (1830-1916) – Though not as well known in history as the more famous “Buffalo Bill” Cody, the first man to hold the moniker of Buffalo Bill was William E. Mathewson, a daring explorer, hunter, Indian scout, and fighter, who did much to prepare the pathway for western expansion.
Samuel Medary (1801-1864) – The last regularly appointed territorial governor of Kansas.
Jotham Meeker (1804-1855) – A missionary at the Ottawa Mission.
Karl Menninger (1893-1990) – From Topeka, Menninger was a psychiatrist and co-founder of the Menninger Clinic and Foundation.
William Mervin “Billy” Mills (1938-present) – From Lawrence, Mills was born on the Pine Ridge, South Dakota and a member of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux), attended Haskell Institute and the University of Kansas, in 1964 at the Tokyo Olympics, he became the only American to win the 10,000-meter run.
Horace L. Moore (1837-1914) – From Lawrence, he was a banker, soldier, and member of Congress.
Edmund Needham Morrill (1834-1909) – The thirteenth governor of the State of Kansas.
Victor Murdock (1871-1945) – Journalist and member of Congress.
James Naismith (1861-1939) – From Lawrence, he was the inventor of the game of basketball and a coach at the University of Kansas.
Carry A. Nation (1846 – 1911) – From Medicine Lodge, Nation was a well-known and radical temperance advocate.
Clarina I. H. Nichols (1810-1885) – WWomen’srights supporter, educator, and newspaper journalist.
Katherine Richards OO’Hare(1877-1948) – From Ada, she was a Socialist, novelist, and anti-war activist.
Old Crow – A Crow Indian, who was allegedly one of the members of the Dull Knife band of Cheyenne, which left the reservation in Indian Territory and made the memorable raid across Kansas in September and October 1878, killing 32 citizens
Thomas A. Osborn (1836-1898) – The sixth governor of Kansas from 1873 to 1877.
John Grant Otis (1838-1916) – Lawyer and member of Congress.
Charlie “Yardbird” Parker (1920-1955) – Kansas City jazz saxophonist.
Henry Clay Pate (18??-1864) – A leader of a gang of border ruffians and a newspaper correspondent.
Robert Hall Pearson (1828-??) – Pearson was one of the first settlers in Douglas County, Kansas, fought with John Brown in the Battle of Black Jack and built a home near Baldwin City that continues to stand today.
Frank E. Peterson, Jr. (1932-present) – From Topeka, Peterson was the first black brigadier general in the U.S. Marine Corps and NAACP Man of the Year.
William Addison Phillips (1824-1893)- Journalist, historian, and member of Congress.
R. L. Pitts – From Wichita, Pitts was the first African American to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor for service in Vietnam.
Samuel Clark Pomeroy (1816-1891) – Pioneer and United States Senator.
Paul M. Ponziglione (1818-1900) – One of the early Catholic missionaries in Kansas.
William C. Quantrill (1837-1865) – After serving as a teacher at Lawrence, Quantrill began to lead gangs of Border Ruffians in the Kansas-Missouri Border War, became a Confederate soldier during the Civil War, and was responsible for the Lawrence Massacre in 1863.
Clyde M. Reed – From Parsons, Reed was a publisher, 24th Kansas governor, and U.S. Senator.
Albert T. Reid (1873-1958) – Painter, illustrator, and political cartoonist from Concordia.
Charles Reynolds (1817-1885) – Writer and minister.
Milton W. Reynolds (1823-1890) – Writer, politician, and newspaper publisher.
Charles Lawrence Robinson (1818-1894) – Free-State leader and the first governor of Kansas.
Bernard W. Rogers (1921-2008) – From Fairview, he was an American general who served as Chief of Staff of the United States Army, NNATO’sSupreme Allied Commander, and Commander in Chief, United States European Command.
Christian “Jim” Roper (1916-2000) – From Halstead, in 1949, he became the first NASCAR Winston Cup Series stock car race winner.
Franklin Albert Root (1837-1926) – Author, stage messenger, and publisher.
Edmund G. Ross (1826-1907) – Journalist and United States Senator.
Damon Runyon (1884-1946) – From Manhattan, he was a short story writer and journalist.
Jim Ryun (1947-present) – From Wichita, Ryun was the WWorld’sOutstanding Athlete in 1966-1967, a three-time Olympian, set a world track record for the mile in 1966, and member of U.S. Congress.
John P. St. John (1833-1916) – From Olathe, the eighth governor of Kansas, National Prohibition PParty’spresidential candidate in 1884.
Susanna Madora Salter (1860-1961) From Argonia, she was the first woman mayor in the nation.
Sven Birger Sandzen (1871-1954) – From Lindsborg, he was a renowned artist and professor.
Charles F. Scott (1860-1938) – Journalist, newspaper publisher, and Congress member from Iola.
Wilson Shannon (1802-1877) – The second Territorial Governor of Kansas.
William Eugene Smith (1918-1978) – From Wichita, Smith was a photojournalist for Newsweek, Life, and Parade, known for humanistic photography.
John Pierce St. John (1833-1916) – The eighth governor of the State of Kansas.
William Edgar Stafford (1914-1993) – From Hutchinson, Stafford was a poet, pacifist, and winner of the 1963 National Book Award. He was appointed the twentieth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1970.
John H. Stringfellow (1819-1905) – An early physician of Kansas, one of the founders of Atchison, a pro-slavery advocate, border ruffian, and Speaker of the House in the First Territorial Legislature.
Fred Andrew Stone (1873-1959) – Raised in Topeka, he was a famed Vaudeville song and dance man.
Earl Sutherland (1915-1974) – From Burlingame, he won the Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine in 1971.
Lucy Hobbs Taylor (1833-1910) – From Lawrence, the first fully-trained woman dentist in the world.
Solon O. Thacher (1830-1895) – Attorney, Free-State advocate, and politician.
Timothy Dwight Thacher – (1831-1894) – Scholar, statesman, and editor.
Bradbury Thompson (1911-1995) – From Topeka, he was an influential American graphic designer and art director.
Clyde Tombaugh (1906-1997) – From Burdette, he was an astronomer who discovered the planet Pluto in 1930.
Robert James Walker (1801-1869) – The fourth Territorial Governor of Kansas.
John Lewis Waller (1850-1907) – From Lawrence, Waller was a lawyer, founded LLawrence’sfirst black newspaper, and was U.S. consul to Madagascar.
Bernard Warkentin (1849-1908) – Originally from Russia, Warkentin was among the Mennonite settlers who came to Kansas in 1873. He imported Turkey Red Wheat to Kansas and established a milling operation.
Hugh Sleight Walsh (1810-1877) – Secretary and acting governor of the Territory of Kansas.
Eugene Fitch Ware (1841-1911) – Nicknamed “Ironquill,” Ware was a lawyer and poet.
Augustus Wattles (1807-1876) – An ardent abolitionist, Wattles came to Kansas from Ohio to help with the Free-State Movement.
Esther Whinery Wattles (1819-1908) – Supporting temperance, anti-slavery, and women’s rights, Wattles helped her husband, John Otis Wattles, to establish the town of Moneka, Kansas, and founded the Moneka WWomen’sRights Association.
Julius Augustus Wayland (1854-1912) – Having his base of operations in Girard, Wayland was the founder of the Socialist newspaper, Appeal to Reason.
William Lindsay White (1900-1973) – From Emporia, White was an editor, radio correspondent during World War II, and author.
Daniel Webster Wilder (1832-1911) – Journalist, author, and newspaper publisher.
Charles H. Withington (1816-1881) – A blacksmith for the Sac and Fox Indians, Withington was the first white settler in Lyon County, Kansas. There, he operated a successful store along the Santa Fe Trail and served as a mail agent.
Gerald Burton Winrod (1900-1957) – Evangelist, author, and political activist.
Harry Hines Woodring (1887-1967) – From Elk City, Woodring was a banker, Democratic governor of Kansas, and U.S. Secretary of War.
Daniel Woodson (1824-1994) – The first secretary and several times acting governor of the Territory of Kansas.
Henry Worrall (1825-1902) – One of KKansas’first artists.
Lorraine Elizabeth Wooster (1868-1953) – From Beloit, in 1918, she became the first woman elected to statewide office in Kansas as State Superintendent of Public Instruction.