Library of Congress
KENDRICK, John Benjamin (1857-1933)

KENDRICK, JOHN BENJAMIN, a Senator from Wyoming; born near Jacksonville, Cherokee County, Tex., September 6, 1857; attended the public schools; moved to Wyoming in 1879 and settled on a ranch near Sheridan, where he engaged in the raising of cattle and sheep; member, State senate 1910-1914; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1913; Governor of Wyoming 1915-1917, when he resigned, having been elected Senator; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1916; reelected in 1922 and 1928 and served from March 4, 1917, until his death at Sheridan, Wyo., November 3, 1933; chairman, Committee on Canadian Relations (Sixty-fifth Congress), Committee on Public Lands and Surveys (Seventy-third Congress); interment in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Columbia University
Oral History Project
New York, NY
Oral History: Discussed in interview with Joseph O'Mahoney.

Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Papers: In Senate Committee on Indian Affairs transcript of hearings concerning disposition of Chippewa lands, August 26-29, 1924.

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In Theodore Dreiser correspondence, 1931-1937.

University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
Laramie, WY
Papers: 1891-1960. 84 cubic feet. Congressional, business, and personal papers and correspondence; daily appointment books; business diaries (1894-1930); campaign materials; and memorabilia. Family lore states that after his death, Eula Kendrick, his wife, burned all of John's personal diaries.

Wyoming State Archives
Cheyenne, WY
Papers: Unknown quantity.

  • Carroll, Eugene T. "John B. Kendrick, Cowpoke to Senator, 1879-1917.'' Annals of Wyoming 54 (Spring 1982): 51-57.
  • ___. "John B. Kendrick's Fight for Western Water Legislation, 1917-1933.'' Annals of Wyoming 50 (Fall 1978): 319-33.
  • ___. "Wyoming's Senator John Benjamin Kendrick: The Politics of Oil, Public Land and National Park Legislation in the 1920s.'' Annals of Wyoming 58 (Fall 1986): 22-29.
  • Garst, Doris Shannon, and Warren Garst. Cowboys and Cattle Trails. Chicago: Wheeler Publishing Co., 1948.
  • Georgen, Cynde A. One Cowboy's Dream: John B. Kendrick, His Family, Home, & Ranching Empire. Virginia Beach, Virg.: Donning Company Publishers, 2004.
  • U.S. Congress. House. Memorial Services Held in the House of Representatives of the United States, Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of John B. Kendrick, Late a Senator from Wyoming. 73d Cong., 2d sess., 1934. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1935.