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John Alexander Martin correspondence and photograph

Call Number: RH MS P113


This collection contains some correspondence of John Alexander Martin to and from various receipients, in addition to a photograph of Martin. The photograph is after the painting by Kleckner dating from 1889.


  • Creation: 1875 - 1889


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Biography of John Alexander Martin (1839-1899)

John Alexander Martin came to Kansas in 1857. In 1858 he began his journalistic career by purchasing the Squatter Soverign, a proslavery paper published in Atchison. He changed the name of the paper to Freedom's Champion and later to the Atchison Daily Champion, which he published until his death. A free state activist during the territorial era, Martin helped organize the Kansas Republican Party.

Martin held a variety of roles in Kansas government, including serving as secretary for the Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, serving in the newly-formed state senate in 1861, and as governor of Kansas from 1885-1889.


2 folders (8 items)

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Physical Location

RH MS P113

Physical Location

RH MS-P P113

Related Materials

John Alexander Martin manuscript collection, MS number 432, State Archives, Kansas Historical Society.

John Alexander Martin administration (1885- 1889), records of the Kansas Governor’s Office, State archives record group 252, State Archives, Kansas Historical Society.

Guide to the John Alexander Martin Collection
John Alexander Martin correspondence and photograph
Finding aid prepared by lgg, 12 January 73. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2020.
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John Alexander Martin correspondence and photograph, Kansas Collection, RH MS P113, 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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