Ingalls, John J.

Kansas Senator, 3rd in succession to presidency 1885-89

Price: $50.00

Description:
(1833-1900) Kansas statesman, US Senator (R) 1873-91. Born in Massachusetts, graduated from Williams College 1855. Studied law, admitted to bar 1857. To Atchison, Kansas Territory, 1860, joining anti-slavery forces working to make Kansas a “free” state. Member of the 1859 Wyandotte constitutional convention, reputed to have coined state motto, "Ad Astra per Aspera" (“Through hardships to the stars”). When Kansas was admitted to the Union in 1861, was secretary of 1st state Senate and State Senator 1862, judge advocate in Kansas militia in the Civil War. Edited Atchison newspaper “Freedom's Champion” for 3 years, won national reputation for series of magazine articles. Elected to US Senate 1873-91, supported labor and agriculture against monopolies, favored Interstate Commerce Act and Civil Service Law. Senate President pro tempore 1887-91. In 1905, Kansas donated marble statue of Ingalls to the US Capitol National Statuary Hall. The President pro tempore is 3rd in line of succession to the Presidency after the Vice President and Speaker of the House of Representatives; with the death of VP Thomas Hendricks Nov. 25, 1885, Ingalls was 3rd in succession until 1889 behind Speaker John G. Carlisle. SP, signed 6 ½ x 4 ¼ cabinet bust photograph, signed on border below image adds "of Kansas"; no studio mark. Undated but likely 1873-91 while in Senate.

Condition: Very good, slight spot at lower right above end of signature, trivial ink skip at “al” in signature
Type:Photograph






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