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Stephen Alonzo Cobb

Politician. Republican. Born: June 17, 1833, Somerset County, Maine. Died: August 24, 1878, Wyandotte Kansas. Served in U.S. House of Representatives: March 4, 1873, to March 3, 1875.

A native of Somerset County, Maine, Stephen A. Cobb was born on June 17, 1833, and attended the common schools there before moving to Minnesota with his father in 1850. Cobb attended Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin, for two years beginning in 1854 but finished his college education at Brown University, Providence, R.I., graduating in 1858. He settled in Wyandotte, Kansas Territory, in 1859, commenced the practice of law, and entered the Union Army in 1862. Cobb was brevetted major on August 16, 1865, and honorably discharged on September 23, 1865. Having served the city of Wyandotte as mayor in 1862 (as well as a term in the state senate), Cobb remained politically active after the war, serving another term as mayor in 1868 and returning to the state senate in 1869 and 1870; after a term in the state house of representatives in 1872, Cobb was elected to the U.S. Congress for the term beginning on March 4, 1873. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 and died in Wyandotte (now a part of Kansas City), Kansas, on August 24, 1878; he was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas.

Entry: Cobb, Stephen Alonzo

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Modified: May 2012

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