Samuel M. Strickler collection
Samuel Strickler was Brigadier General of the Kansas Militia in the early 1860s during the United States' Civil War. Most of this collection pertains to organizing militia companies in Kansas; there are also two photographs in the collection.
- 1863, circa 1860s-1870s
- Strickler, Samuel M., 1832-1894 (Person)
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Biography of Samuel M. Strickler
Samuel M. Strickler was born in Tennessee in 1832 but spent most of his childhood in Shelby County, Indiana. He attended Franklin College and later taught school in Alabama before moving to Junction City, Kansas Territory in 1860. The teaching contract is dated December 3, 1856, for Mount Hope, Lawrence Co., Alabama. Before moving to Kansas, Strickler was married to Mary Sackett, born in 1832 in Indiana, and together they had three children: Laura (1854-1864), Melissa D. (Strickler) Marriner (1858-1943), and Willard Sackett (1863-1927).
In Junction City Strickler worked with the firm of Street and Strickler, which contracted merchandise to military posts. In 1862 he was elected to the Kansas State Senate, and in 1871 he served as a member of the House of Representatives. During the Civil War, Strickler served as a Brigadier General in the Kansas militia. He and William K. Bartlett maintained the Junction City Union for three years.
Samuel M. Strickler left Kansas in 1879, moving to first Colorado, then New Mexico, and finally settling on an orange ranch in California, where he died in 1894. He was buried in Highland Cemetery in Junction City, Kansas. His wife Mary died in 1922 in Los Angeles, California and was also buried in Junction City.
(Biographical information is available in Kansas Historical Collections, v.7, P. 380-381.)
RH MS P157
RH MS-P P157
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchase, Wm. P. Wreden, 405 Kipling Street, Palo Alto, California, .
- Guide to the Samuel M. Strickler Collection
- Samuel M. Strickler collection
- Finding aid prepared by kpz, 7 March 1973. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2017.
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Samuel M. Strickler collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS P157, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas