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Snyder Solomon Kirkpatrick

Politician. Republican. Born: February 21, 1847, Franklin County, Illinois. Died:  April 5, 1909. Served in U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd District: March 4, 1895, to March 3, 1897.

Born in Franklin County, Illinois, on February 21, 1847, Sidney Kirkpatrick attended the common schools before enlisting in 1864 in the 136th Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Cavalry. After the war Kirkpatrick engaged in the mercantile business and then in 1867 entered law school at Ann Arbor, Michigan. The following year he returned to Illinois where he was admitted to the bar and commenced practicing at Cairo. Kirkpatrick moved to Kansas in September of 1873 and settled in Fredonia, Wilson County, where he engaged in the practice of law, was elected county attorney in 1880, and as a member of the state senate in 1888; after one four-year term, 1889-1893, he unsuccessfully sought election to the 53rd Congress in 1892, but was elected to the 54th Congress two years later (served, March 4, 1895-March 3, 1897). Congressman S. S. Kirkpatrick, however, was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 and again in 1898, losing out to the Democratic/People's Party candidate, E. R. Ridgely, in both elections. Kirkpatrick served a term in Kansas house of representatives, 1903-1905, and died in Fredonia, on April 5, 1909.

Entry: Kirkpatrick, Snyder Solomon

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: June 2011

Date Modified: May 2012

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