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Biography of Samuel N. Wood, Col.

Col. Samuel N. Wood, long a resident of Lawrence and a leader of the free-state party in Kansas, was prominent as one of the founders of the republican party, as a legislator in both houses, as an editor and one of the original stockholders of the Atchison. Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. He was born at Mount Gilead. Ohio, December 30, 1825. the son of Quaker parents, from whom he imbibed his anti-slavery sentiments at an early age. In 1844, although too young to vote, he was chairman of the liberal party central committee of this county. Four years later be supported Martin Van Buren, the freesoil candidate for President, and he was conductor of one of the underground railways which passed near his house. He taught school, studied law and on June 6, 1854, two days after being admitted to the bar, he started for the Territory of Kansas. Early in July Mr. Wood located on a claim four miles west of Lawrence, and immediately became an acknowledged leader of the free-state party. He was one of the man who rescued Jacob Branson from Sheriff Jones, an act which brought on the Wakarusa war; was delegate to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, convention which organized the republican party in 1856; to the Philadelphia convention of the same year, and to the Leavenworth constitutional convention in 1858. The following year he removed to Chase County; represented Chase, Morris and Madison counties in the Territorial Legislatures of 1860 and 1861; was a member of the first State Senate in 1861 and again in 1867; was a member of the House in 1864,...

Biographical Sketch of Volney B. Ballard

Volney B. Ballard has been a leading factor in business affairs at Attica since 1910, is proprietor of the only drug store of the town, and is also the leading banker. Mr. Ballard was born at Huntsville in Reno County, Kansas, August 22, 1883. His ancestors settled in New York from England in Colonial times, and some of them fought as soldiers in the Revolutionary war. His father is Volney B. Ballard, Sr., a resident of Attica. He was born in Jefferson County, New York, in 1844, grew up and married there and learned the blacksmith’s trade in early life. When no more than a boy in years he entered a New York regiment of infantry and was fighting the battles of the Union throughout the South for a period of three years. In 1881 he brought his family to Huntsville, Kansas, buying a farm, but since 1890 had lived retired. His home was at Nickerson until 1915, when he moved to Attica. He is a republican in politics. Volney B. Ballard, Sr., married Cora A. Hill, who was born in Jefferson County, New York, in 1857 and is still living. They have three children: May, unmarried and teaching school at Dragoon, Arizons: Volney B.; and Herbert C., a merchant at Cochize, Arizona. Mr. Ballard spent his early youth on a farm in Reno County, attended rural schools there, and in 1903 graduated from the Reno County High School. One of his important early experiences was teaching in Reno County for three years. He left school work to enter the Kansas University in the pharmacy department and graduated Ph....

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