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Biography of John Wesley Kieff

John Wesley Kieff, widely known throughout Oklahoma as a journalist, is now serving as justice of the peace of Miami and is generally conceded to be the most capable incumbent in that office in the history of Ottawa County. A native of Indiana, he was born in Tippecanoe County on the 9th of March, 1857, his parents being John and Mary (Ryan) Kieff, the former a native of Ireland, while the latter was born in the Hoosier state. The father followed the occupation of farming and both parents passed away during the childhood of the subject of this review. John Wesley Kieff attended the public schools and when fourteen years of age he began working on nearby farms during the summer months, while in the winter seasons he continued his studies. He then taught school in order to secure the funds necessary to pursue his academic course and subsequently attended Purdue University, the Danville Normal School and Wabash College at Crawfordsville, Indiana, from the latter of which he was graduated in 1887, with the B. S. degree. While a student at the last named institution he won prominence as a football player, being for four years a member of the championship team of the state. Following his graduation Mr. Kieff became principal of a school at Oregon, Missouri, continuing to fill that position for four years, and during that period he devoted his leisure hours to the study of law, being admitted to practice before the Missouri state bar. From that state he went to Dallas, Oregon, to occupy a similar position and was also admitted to practice in...

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