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Keplinger family papers

Call Number: RH MS 737


Lewis Walter Keplinger, an Illinois native, established a law practice in Wyandotte, Kansas in 1883; he later became a State Representative and a Wyandotte County judge. The collection includes a diary kept by Keplinger while he served as a soldier during the latter part of the Civil War, as well letters he wrote to his family during Civil War and through the early part of the 20th century. The collection also includes letters by other family members and Keplinger family genealogical information.


  • Creation: 1862 - 1975

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Conditions Governing Use

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Biography of Lewis Walter Keplinger

Lewis Walter Keplinger (1841-1928) was born in Morgan county, Illinois. He attended Illinois Wesleyan University but his studies were interrupted with the outbreak of the Civil War. He served in Company A, Thirty-second Regiment Illinois Infantry and during the last half of the war, he fought in Sherman's campaigns. Keplinger graduated from the University in 1868 and that summer was among the first party to climb Pike's Peak in Colorado. Afterwards he began his law studies and opened a practice Humboldt, Kansas. In 1883 he moved his practice to Wyandotte (now Kansas City), Kansas. He married Jessie Wolfkill of Logansport, Indiana, in 1886. Besides his law practice, Keplinger was a well-respected citizen, serving as a Kansas State House Representative in 1877 and a judge in Wyandotte County.


2 Linear Feet (3 boxes + 1 oversize box)

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Physical Location

RH MS 737

Physical Location

RH MS Q177

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Bruce Keplinger, 1998

Guide to the Keplinger Family Collection
Keplinger family papers
Finding aid prepared by mab, 2006; revised by, cl 2010; Finding aid encoded by mab, 2006
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Keplinger Family Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 737, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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