Charles H. Branscomb papers
This collection consists of orrespondence and documents involving Charles H. Branscomb, agent for the New England Emigrant Aid Company in territorial Kansas, dating from 1853-1886. Correspondents or individuals mentioned in the letters include James Gillespie Blaine (1830-1893), Amos Adams Lawrence (1814-1886), Henry Cabot Lodge (1850-1924), Charles Robinson (1818-1894), John Pierce St. John (1835-19140, and Charles Sumner (1811-1874).
- 1853 - 1886
- Branscomb, Charles H. (Person)
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Biography of Charles H. Branscomb (1822-1891)
Charles Henry Branscomb was born in New Hampshire and educated at Phillips Academy and Dartmouth College, graduated from Dartmouth in 1845. He then studied law at the Cambridge Law School and practiced law in Massachusetts for six years.
Branscomb became an agent for the New England Emigrant Aid Company and went to Kansas Territory in July 1854, selecting with Charles Robinson the site of the town of Lawrence. He then brought the first two parties of settlers associated with the New England Emigrant Aid Company to Lawrence.
Branscomb was active in territorial life, serving on the house of representatives and in the Leavenworth constitutional convention. He was also prohibition candidate for Kansas governor in 1886. Later moving to St. Louis, he served in the Missouri state legislature. Branscomb died in Denver, Colorado.
[Information retrieved from "Chas. H. Branscomb Dead," Lawrence Daily Gazette, February 4, 1891, accessed online at https://kansashistoricalopencontent.newspapers.com/image/366124097/ and Blackmar, Frank W., editor, Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Standard Publishing Company: Chicago, 1912, accessed online at http://www.ksgenweb.org/archives/1912/b/branscomb_charles_h.html.]
RH MS P46
RH MS Q6
RH MS R1
RH MS-P P46
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, Judge Hugh Means, August, 1963.
- Guide to the Charles H. Branscomb Collection
- Charles H. Branscomb papers
- Finding aid prepared by lgg, 5 October 72. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2020.
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Charles H. Branscomb papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS P46, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas