Biography of Daniel Read Anthony, Jr.

Daniel Read Anthony, Jr., only son of the late Col. Daniel R. Anthony, had been a prominent newspaper man in Kansas for a quarter of a century and had served continuously as representative from the First Kansas District in Congress since March 29, 1907.

Born at Leavenworth August 22, 1870, he was educated in the public schools, in the Michigan Military Academy at Orchard Lake, and in 1891 was graduated LL. B. from the University of Michigan. He was admitted to the bar, but his real profession had been journalism. On returning to Leavenworth he was soon given the active management of the Leavenworth Times, his father’s paper, and had been both editor and manager of that journal since the death of his father in 1904.

While his newspaper work had exemplified many of the virile qualities shown by his father, he also apparently inherits his father’s marked predilection for politics. He did yeoman’s work in the republican party from the time he reached his majority, and for years had served as delegate to various local and state conventions. In 1899 he was state committeeman from his district. From 1898 to 1902 he served as postmaster of Leavenworth, was mayor of the city from 1903 to 1905, and in March, 1907, was elected to the Sixtieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the election of Charles Curtis to the United States Senate. He was re-elected in 1908, 1910, 1912, 1914 and in 1916, and had distinguished himself as one of the ablest leaders of the minority party in Congress during recent years.

One project which he had long advocated had been the building of a military road from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Riley by the use of the Federal convict labor from the Leavenworth penitentiary. Mr. Anthony is a director of the Leavenworth National Bank.

June 21, 1897, he married Miss Elisabeth Havens, daughter of Paul Havens of Leavenworth. Their two children are Eleanor and Daniel.

MLA Source Citation:

Connelley, William E. A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans. Chicago : Lewis, 1918. 5v. Biographies can be accessed from this page: Kansas and Kansans Biographies. Web. 21 January 2015. - Last updated on Sep 29th, 2011

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