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Nicodemus
Nicodemus
is an unincorporated community of about 50 inhabitants in eastern Graham County, Kansas. It is the only remaining community west of the Mississippi River established by African-Americans after the Civil War.
Isaac Goodnow
Isaac Goodnow
came to Kansas with the New England Immigrant Aid Company in 1855 and became one of the founders of Manhattan. In addition to helping build Manhattan, he was deeply involved in the Free State Movement, and in the establishment of what is now Kansas State University.
Topeka
Topeka
is the seat of Shawnee County, and the capital of Kansas. It was established by anti-slavers in 1854, who intended the city to be the capital of Kansas.
Susanna Madora Salter
Susanna Madora Salter
was elected by Argonia as the first woman Mayor in Kansas in 1887. Ironically, she was initially nominated by a group of men hoping to discredit the Woman's Christian Temperance Union.
Brewster Higley
Brewster Higley
was a retired doctor living in Smith Center when, in 1872, he jotted down a poem he called "Western Home." A visitor to his home convinced him to set the poem to music, and the resulting Home on the Range became one of the most popular western songs ever published; it became the State Song of Kansas in 1947.
Walter Augustus Huxman
Walter Augustus Huxman
gained notoriety as a member of the Kansas State Tax Commission, in which capacity he successfully prosecuted the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad. He subsequently served one term as Governor of Kansas and then as a Justice for the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
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