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Daniel Mulford Valentine papers

Call Number: RH MS 888


The papers of Daniel Mulford Valentine, a member of the Kansas Legislature and an associate justice of the Kansas Supreme Court from 1868 to 1893, contain his appointment notices, various property records, and writings. His writings include a history of Franklin County in Kansas Territory. Also in the colletion are some photographs and various records of Franklin County land transactions prior to Kansas Statehood.


  • Creation: 1844 - 1924


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Biography of Daniel Mulford Valentine, 1830-1907

Daniel Mulford Valentine was born June 18, 1830 at Kirkwood, Shelby County, Ohio to John Winans and Rebecca (Kinkennon) Valentine. In 1854, Valentine moved to Adair County, Iowa, where he completed his law studies, served as county surveyor, and taught school for a year. On June 26, 1855, he married Martha Root.

Valentine was admitted to the bar in 1858, and served that year as attorney of Adair County before moving to Leavenworth, Kansas, and then to Franklin County, Kansas. He was elected as representative to the first Kansas State Legislature in 1861 and to the Kansas Senate in 1862.

In 1864, Valentine was elected judge of the Fourth Judicial District, and in 1868 he was elected an associate justice of the Supreme Court of Kansas. He was re-elected three times, for a term of office that extended to 1893.

Daniel Mulford Valentine died on August 5, 1907 at Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas. The Valentines' four daughters and five sons included sons Delbert A. Valentine and Louis F. Valentine, who became newspaper editors in Clay Center, Clay County, Kansas.


.75 Linear Feet (2 document cases + 4 folders, 1 oversize box)

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The papers of Daniel Mulford Valentine, a member of the Kansas Legislature and an associate justice of the Kansas Supreme Court from 1868 to 1893, include his published biographical sketches; notices of his official appointments in Adair County, Iowa and in Kansas; his handwritten essays and speeches; and his receipts for purchases of land and personal property. Also included is a handwritten history of Franklin County (Kansas Territory) to 1856, as well as deeds showing land sales by other territorial residents of Franklin County, including town lots in Peoria and Ohio City.

The collection contains an autobiographical history of Franklin County by Valentine's wife Martha. It also contains records by or about their sons Delbert A. Valentine and Louis F. Valentine, who were Clay Center, Kansas newspaper editors.

At RH MS-P 888 are two photographic prints and one negative. Oversize items in the collection are at RH MS Q221, and a handful of items related to providing Judge Valentine's autograph in a 6-volume set presented to Mrs. Rutherford B. Hayes are located at RH MS P169.

Physical Location

RH MS 888

Physical Location

RH MS-P 888

Physical Location

RH MS Q221

Physical Location

RH MS P169

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, D. M. and D. L. Valentine.

Related Materials

Scott, George Tressler. Illinois testimonial to Murs. Rutherford B. Hayes. Located at Spencer Research Library at RH C2445.

Guide to the Daniel Mulford Valentine Collection
Daniel Mulford Valentine papers
Finding aid prepared by mh, 2007; revised by cl, 2010; revised by mwh, 2017.
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Daniel Mulford Valentine papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 888, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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

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