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"Colonel John Gideon Haskell" biographical sketch

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P804


This handwritten 11-page biographical sketch of Kansas architect John Gideon Haskell (1832-1907) gives a brief account of Haskell's New England ancestry and sketches his distinguished career achievements in Kansas, including his service as state architect and as quartermaster general. The biography is unsigned and undated, though the content dates to approximately 1900.


  • Creation: approximately 1900

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Biography of John Gideon Haskell

John Gideon Haskell was born February 5, 1832 at Milton (Chittendon County), Vermont to Franklin and Almira Chase Haskell. Following formal study in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Haskell commenced work as an architect in 1855 at Boston. Upon the 1857 death of his father--who was by then a resident of Kansas Territory--Haskell moved to the territory to assist his mother. He married Mary Elizabeth Bliss of Wilbraham, Massachusetts on December 22, 1859.

In Kansas, Haskell gained eminence as both a soldier and architect. During the Civil War, he became chief quartermaster of the Army of the Frontier. He later served as Quartermaster General of the State of Kansas, and in 1866 was named architect of the state house. He built its east wing, and as state architect subsequently constructed much of the capitol building. Other Kansas buildings designed or built by him included the State University, Washburn College, Bethany College, and the Chase County Court House. In 1878, he served as superintendent of construction for the U.S. Courthouse and Postoffice at Topeka. Haskell died in 1907.


1 folder ; 25 x 38

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RH MS P804


Handwritten on 11 numbered pages; cover title: "John Gideon Haskell, 1852-"

Stationery letterheads:

Pages 1-4: Cunard R.M.S. "Aurania"

Pages 5-6: Blue Mountain House (Blue Mountain Lake, New York)

Pages 7-11: Dollar Steamship Line (San Francisco)

Guide to Colonel John Gideon Haskell Collection
"Colonel John Gideon Haskell" biographical sketch
Finding aid prepared by mh, 2007
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"Colonel. John Gideon Haskell" biographical sketch, Kansas Collection, RH MS P804, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States