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Joel Grover papers

Call Number: RH MS P51


This collection of papers pertain mostly to Joel Grover's work as commissioner and trustee of the Lawrence, Kansas school district, as well as his membership in a survey committee and alternate delegate of the 26th District of the State of Kansas. Some materials deal more with farm business, e.g. machinery.


  • Creation: 1857 - 1888


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Biography of Joel Grover (1825-1879)

Joel Grover was born in Springfield, Livingston County, New York on August 5, 1825 and died in Lawrence, Kansas on July 28, 1879. He came to Lawrence in the second party of the New England Emigrant Aid Company. He was made captain of the 1st military company in Lawrence and served in defense of Lawrence in the Wakarusa War. He participated in the battles of Franklin, Fort Saunders and Fort Titus during the border wars between free soilers and pro-slavery forces in Kansas and Missouri.

In 1858 Grover was elected to the County Commissioners and held the post four years. Other local positions he held included trustee; school board member; member of the State House of Representatives, 1867; commission board member, 1869; chairman of the board, 1871 for four years; director of the St. Louis, Lawrence and Western Railroad Company; and he commanded a company in General Sterling Price's raid.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case + 3 folders)

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Physical Location


Physical Location

RH MS 1014

Immediate Source of Acquisition

George Allen, Lawrence, 1961, 1990.

Related Materials

Joel Grover diary, Kansas Collection, RH VLT MS A2, RH MS P423, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Guide to the Joel Grover Collection
Joel Grover papers
Finding aid prepared by kpz, 20 October 1972. Finding aid encoded by amh, 2004. Finding aid revised by amc 2007; cmp, 2021.
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Joel Grover papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS P51, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States