PLUMB, Preston B. (1837-1891)

PLUMB, PRESTON B., a Senator from Kansas; born in Delaware County, Ohio, October 12, 1837; attended a preparatory school; learned the trade of printing and afterward purchased and edited the Xenia News; moved to Lawrence, Kans., in 1856, to support the "Free-State" movement; was one of the founders of Emporia, Kans., where he established the Kansas News in 1857; secretary of the Free-State convention in 1857; member of the Leavenworth constitutional convention in 1859; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1861; elected to the State house of representatives in 1862; reporter for the State supreme court; during the Civil War entered the Union Army in 1862 as second lieutenant, and served successively as captain, major, and lieutenant colonel; member, of the State house of representatives 1867-1868, and served as speaker in the latter year; prosecuting attorney of Lyon County; president of the Emporia National Bank in 1873; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1877; reelected in 1883 and 1888 and served from March 4, 1877, until his death; chairman, Committee on Public Lands (Forty-seventh through Fifty-second Congresses); died in Washington, D.C., December 20, 1891; interment in Maplewood Cemetery, Emporia, Lyon County, Kans.

Indiana State Library
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: Correspondence in Anna W. Wright collection, 1855-1911.

Kansas State Historical Society
Topeka, KS
Papers: Ca. 1862-1910. 2 boxes. Chiefly Civil War military correspondence, general orders, special orders, transcripts of two court-martials, a small number of Senate papers, photographs and portrait.

Lyon County Historical Museum
Emporia, KS
Papers: Uncatalogued family papers.

  • Connelley, William Elsey. The Life of Preston B. Plumb, 1837-1891. Chicago: Browne & Howell Co., 1913.
  • Swan, Joseph Rockwell, and Preston B. Plumb. A New Treatise on the Law Relating to the Powers and Duties of Justices of the Peace and Constables in the State of Kansas. Cincinnati: R. Clarke & Co., 1872.
  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of Preston B. Plumb (a Senator from Kansas). 52d Cong., 1st sess., 1891-1892. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1892.