JOHN JAMES INGALLS, a famous American statesman, was born December 29, 1833, at Middleton, Massachusetts, where
he was reared and received his early education. He went to Kansas in 1858 and joined the free soil army, and a
year after his arrival he was a member of the historical Wyandotte convention, which drafted a free state constitution.
In 1860 he was made secretary of the territorial council, and in 1861 was secretary of the state senate. The next
year be was duly elected to the legitimate state senate from Atchison, where he had made his borne. From that time
he was the leader of the radical Republican element in the state. He became the editor of the "Atchison Champio!n"in
1863, which was a "red hot free soil Republican organ." In 1862 he was the antiLane candidate for lieutenant
governor, but was defeated. He was elected to the United States senate to succeed Senator Porneroy, and took his
seat in the forty third congress and served until the fiftieth. In the forty ninth congress be succeeded Senator
Sherman as president pro tern., which position he held through the fiftieth congress.
A Biographical Record
Of Schuyler County, New York
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
New York and Chicago 1903.
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