POMEROY, Samuel Clarke (1816-1891)

POMEROY, SAMUEL CLARKE, a Senator from Kansas; born in Southampton, Mass., January 3, 1816; attended Amherst College, Massachusetts, 1836-1838; moved to New York State in 1838 and taught school; returned to Southampton, Mass., in 1842; held various local offices; member, State house of representatives 1852-1853; organizer and financial agent of the New England Emigrant Aid Co.; moved to Kansas in 1854 and settled in Lawrence; moved to Atchison, Kans.; mayor of Atchison 1858-1859; member of the free State convention at Lawrence in 1859; president of the relief committee during the famine in Kansas in 1860 and 1861; upon the admission of Kansas as a State into the Union was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate; reelected in 1867 and served from April 4, 1861, to March 3, 1873; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1872; chairman, Committee on Public Lands (Thirty-ninth through Forty-second Congresses); resided in Washington, D.C., for several years; died in Whitinsville, Worcester County, Mass., August 27, 1891; interment in Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston, Mass.

Kansas State Historical Society
Topeka, KS
Papers: 1854. Relates to activities in the Kansas territorial period and his senatorial career. Also photographs.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: Correspondence in Anna Elizabeth Dickinson papers, 1859-1951. Finding aid.

Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: 20 letters (1854-1863) in A.A. Lawrence papers and other collections.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1865. 1 item.

University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Rochester, NY
Papers: 9 letters (1861-1870) in various collections. Finding aid.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: 1865-1895. .5 linear foot. Correspondence, legal and financial papers relating to personal affairs and bribery charges brought against him by the U.S. Senate. Finding aid.

  • Caldwell, Martha B. "Pomeroy's `Ross Letter': Genuine or Forgery?'' Kansas Historical Quarterly 13 (August 1945): 463-72.
  • Gambone, Joseph G. "Samuel C. Pomeroy and the Senatorial Election of 1861, Reconsidered.'' Kansas Historical Quarterly 37 (Spring 1971): 15-32.
  • Kitzhaber, Albert R. "Gotterdammerung in Topeka: The Downfall of Senator Pomeroy.'' Kansas Historical Quarterly 18 (August 1950): 243-78.
  • Langsdorf, Edgar. "S.C. Pomeroy and the New England Emigrant Aid Company, 1854-1858.'' Kansas Historical Quarterly 7 (August 1938): 227-45; (November 1938): 379-98.
  • Malin, James C. "Some Reconsiderations of the Defeat of Senator Pomeroy of Kansas, 1873.'' Mid-America 48 (January 1966): 47-57.
  • Zornow, William Frank. "The Kansas Senators and the Re-election of Lincoln.'' Kansas Historical Quarterly 19 (May 1951): 133-44.