Biography of Maurice McAuliffe

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Maurice McAuliffe, of Salina, had not only fitted himself comfortably and substantially into the agricultural affairs of Kansas as an individual farmer and stock man, but had been one of the leaders in the new agrisultural movement and uplift. He is most widely known as one of the fine factors in the organization of the Farmers Union of Kansas, and is now serving his ninth term as president of that vigorous organization. He was also a prominent figure in the Alliance movement. The Farmers Union of Kansas is affiliated with the larger organization known as the National Farmers Union, which fulfills the purposes and exercises an influence in behalf of the farmers similar to that exorcised by the United States Chamber of Commerce, for instance, for the industrial interests of America.

Mr. McAuliffe was born on a farm in County Limerick, Ireland, December 24, 1853, is a son of Dennis and Bridget (Fitzgerald) McAuliffe and the youngest of a family of sixteen children.

Mr. McAuliffe came to America in 1871, when he was eighteen years of age, and arrived in Kansas in the fall of the same year. He is one of the pioneers of Saline County, where he located in 1874, and for many years had been a successful farmer and stock raiser. His is one of the best improved farms in Saline County, located three miles east of Salina, where he resided.

Throughout his residence in Saline County Mr. McAuliffe had been actively identified with the public life of the county and is now a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Salina. He had been interested in politics in addition to the larger work in connection with the organization of the Farmers Union of Kansas. Mr. McAuliffe is editor and publisher of the Farmers Union, the official state organ of the organization. This paper is issued weekly at Salina.

Mr. McAuliffe is a member of the Catholic Church. His wife died April 16, 1917. They were the parents of five children, four of whom are still living.

Albert Newman,vice president of The Drovere National Bank of Kansas City, Missouri, is a well known and prominent Kansan.

His birth occurred September 3, 1873, in Fall City, Nebraska, where he also received his primary education in the common schools. From Fall City the family removed to Fairbury, Nebraska, and thence to Omaha, and in 1894 to Topeka, Kansas.

In 1900 Mr. Newman became quite active in republican politics and served on the County Central Committee and was its secretary. In 1902 he was elected county clerk of Shawnee County and re-elected in 1904. In the spring of 1905 he resigned that office to become assistant postmaster of Topeka. This official service continued until 1908. He was secretary of the Charles Curtis Congressional Committee and when Mr. Curtis was first elected to the United States Senats was one of his campaign managers.

In 1908 Mr. Newman became cashier of the First National Bank of Logan, Kansas. During his connection with that bank he was also a director in the Kirwin State Bank of Kirwin, the German State Bank of Stuttgart, and the Farmers State Bank of Densmore, Kansas. He gave up all these connections to become a national bank examiner. That office in turn he resigned to accept his present one as vice president of the Drovers National Bank of Kansas City, Missouri.

Mr. Newman is a member of the Scottish Rite bodies of Masonry of Topeka, also the Royal Arch Chapter of that city and the Mystic Shrine of Kansas City, Missouri. He is affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America at Topeka.

In 1898 Mr. Newman married Miss Sadye Snattinger at Topeka, and they have two boys, Victor A. and Robert B.

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. 27 January 2015. - Last updated on Jun 10th, 2012

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