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William Davis Vincent

Politician. Populist. Born: October 11, 1852, Weakley County, Tennessee. Died:  February 28, 1922. Served in U.S. House of Representatives, 5th District: March 4, 1897, to March 3, 1899.

Born October 11, 1852, in Weakley County, Tennessee, William moved to Riley County, Kansas Territory, with his parents in 1858 and to Manhattan in 1864. Vincent attended the Kansas State Agricultural College, engaged in business in Manhattan from 1872 to 1876, and then in 1878 moved to Clay Center where he operated a mercantile business. In Clay Center, Vincent was elected to the city council (1880), was a Greenback Party nominee for presidential elector (1884), served on the state board of railroad commissioners in 1893 and 1894, and was elected to the U.S. Congress as a Populist in 1896. After a single term, he resumed his business career in Clay Center. He died on February 28, 1922, in St. Louis, and is buried at Clay Center.

Entry: Vincent, William Davis

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Modified: May 2012

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