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Icon or sketchHE newly elected congressman from the fifth Nebraska district, Hon. R. D. Sutherland, of Nelson, is a young man who has literally grown up with the great west. He was born at Scott's Grove, Jones county, Iowa, April 27, 1862. With his parents he removed


from the scenes of his birth when a boy, and located in northwestern Missouri. He received an ordinary education in the common schools, which was supplemented by a few terms in the college then located in College Springs, Iowa. He followed the trend of shifting popu-



lation and came to Nebraska, devoted himself to the study of the law, was admitted to the bar, and entered on the practice of his profession in Nuckolls county in 1888. Two years afterwards he was elected county attorney on the people's independent ticket. He was reelected in 1892 and 1894. Having established by this time a reputation far beyond the boundary lines of his adopted county, he was nominated in 1896 by the populists and democrats of his district to succeed Hon. William E. Andrews in the fifty-fifth congress. The campaign which followed was one of intense excitement, every county being closely contested by the then incumbent of the office, backed by a. large following of enthusiastic adherents. But in the face of every difficulty, and against all opposition, Mr. Sutherland carried fifteen out of the eighteen counties embraced within the large district, and received a plurality of 2,700 votes over his able political adversary. Congressman Sutherland is a gentleman of fine personal appearance, ready wit, a resourceful debater, and has the happy faculty of making friends among new acquaintances. He combines very many of the essential elements of a popular and useful national legislator.




Icon or sketchUDGE WM. L. GREENE, congressman from the sixth district of Nebraska, was born in Dubois county, Indiana, October 3, 1849. His father was a farmer, and William attended the common schools of the neighborhood during the winter term and toiled in the fields through the summer. At nineteen he left home to attend school


in the town of Ireland, in his native county, became a teacher and taught five terms. He was always fond of debate, and never lost an opportunity to develop his powers as an orator, He studied elocution, but insists that the best vocal training he



ever received was in driving six yoke of oxen to a log wagon. Mr. Greene studied law under Judge Miller of Bloomington, Indiana, and was admitted to the bar in 1876. Politically he was reared a democrat, but allied himself with the organization of the old greenback party and has ever since, in season and out, been the advocate of financial reform. He is one of the best posted men on the money problem in this country. He took part in organizing the populist party and has been one of the most unanswerable advocates and defenders of its principles. He entered the practice of his profession in Nebraska in 1883 and soon ranked high as a lawyer, and in 1895 was elected judge of the twelfth judicial district. In 1891 Judge Greene was a candidate for the United States senate, and came within a few votes of being elected, but withdrew from the race in favor of Senator W. V. Allen. In 1896 he was nominated for congress by the sixth district convention, and made a canvass of such an inspiring nature that he was elected by a majority of 4,854 over the opposition candidate, receiving the largest majority ever polled up to that time by any candidate in that district. Judge Greene makes his political appeals and arguments to the common people, who regard him as their friend. He is a man of strong, positive convictions, and has intensely loyal friends, and naturally enough, some bitter enemies. In congress he will be a staunch advocate of monetary reform, and is known to favor a union of all forces to accomplish financial independence. Judge Greene was married to Miss Emma Dowell at Shoals, Indiana, in 1871, and their family consists of six daughters and one son.

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