Samuel C. Pomeroy

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Samuel C. Pomeroy
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United States Senator
from Kansas
In office
April 4, 1861–March 3, 1873
Succeeded byJohn J. Ingalls
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Samuel Clarke Pomeroy

(1816-01-03)January 3, 1816
Southampton, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedAugust 27, 1891(1891-08-27) (aged 75)
Whitinsville, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Lucy Gaylord (m. April 23, 1846-1863 her death), Martha Stanwood Mann Whiting (m. September 20, 1866-1891)
EducationAmherst College
ProfessionPolitician, Teacher, Railroad President

Samuel Clarke Pomeroy (January 3, 1816 – August 27, 1891) was a United States senator from Kansas in the mid-19th century. He was in the United States Senate during the American Civil War.[1] Pomeroy was also in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.He also was the mayor of Atchison, Kansas from 1858 to 1859.[1] He was also the second president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, and the first president to oversee any of the railroad's construction and operations. Pomeroy succeeded Cyrus K. Holliday as president of the railroad on January 13, 1864.[2] He was a Republican.

Career[change | change source]

Early life[change | change source]

Samuel C. Pomeroy was born on January 3, 1816 at Southampton, Massachusetts. He was a student at Amherst College.[3] Pomeroy was against the politics of slavery. In 1854, he joined the New England Emigrant Aid Company. That fall, he led a group of people to Kansas to help create the city of Lawrence.[3][4]

1860s[change | change source]

On April 4, 1861, the Kansas legislature elected Pomeroy (along with James Lane) to be one of Kansas's first senators.[3][5]

1870s[change | change source]

On December 18, 1871, because of Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden urging and after learning of the findings of the Hayden Geological Survey of 1871, Pomeroy introduced the Act of Dedication bill into the Senate. That bill led to the creation of Yellowstone National Park.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present". Retrieved July 5, 2005.
  2. Waters, Lawrence Leslie (1950). Steel Trails to Santa Fe. University of Kansas Press, Lawrence, Kansas.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Blackmar, Frank, ed. (1912). "Pomeroy, Samuel Clark". Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, etc. Chicago, IL: Standard Publishing Company. pp. 485–86. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  4. Cordley, Richard (1895). A History of Lawrence, Kansas: From the Earliest Settlement to the Close of the Rebellion. Lawrence, KS: Lawrence Journal Press. p. 6-7.
  5. "Lane, James Henry, (1814 – 1866)". Biographical Dictionary of the United States Congress. United States Congress. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  6. Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden and the Founding of the Yellowstone National Park. Washington, D.C: United States Department of the Interior Geological Survey, U.S. Government Printing Office. 1973.