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Biography of Albe B. Whiting

Albe B. Whiting, a resident of Topeka for the past forty years, is distinguished as being one of the few survivors of the great free-soil struggle in Kansas during the decade of the ’50m. His home had been in Kansas since 1856, and few men now living have more interesting-experiences to connect them with Kansas history. Of New England birth and ancestry, he was born in Lamoille County, Vermont, November 10, 1835, and had already Imssed the fourscoro milestone on life’s joursey. His parents were Harris and Mary (Dodge) Whiting. His father was of old English celonial ancestry, and died in 1847, when Albe B. Whiting was twelve years old. The oldest son in the family, much of the burden of family support fell upon his young abouldera. He became inured to toil, and worked early and late not only as a contributor to the household but also to supply himself with the necessary equipment of education. He attended the common schools, and also paid his way through a few terms at the Academy at Johnson. When quite young he absorbed from his father and mother the abolition and temperance ideas which had much to do with his subsequent life. Thus he became interested in the struggle between the proslavery and the free state elements in Kansas, and that interest led him to ally himself with this section of the great western border. In the spring of 1856 he set out, traveling by railroad as far as St.┬áLouis, and there took a boat which took him to Westport Landing, now Kansas City. He had secured some preliminary training as...

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