ing. He took part in the construction of the Union Pacific and Sioux City and Pacific railroads. He married Miss Helen Viers, of Omaha, May 23, 1886. Politically he was a staunch republican, from Fremont to Greeley, for whom he voted in 1872, and since 1876 has been an enthusiastic worker for the restoration of free silver coinage and for the issue of all paper money by the government alone. Senator Jeffcoat is a member of the following committees: Finance, ways, and means, banks and currency, constitutional amendments and federal relations, and immigration.
senator from Clay county, Hon. Levi L. Johnson, was born in
Marion county, Ohio, January 1, 1850. After receiving a
common school education he removed with his parents to La
Grange county, Indiana, and began farming as an employe, He
was married in 1872 to Miss Martha Coney, came to Nebraska
in 1879, traveling across the country in a covered wagon,
and settled in Inland township, Clay county, on eighty acres
of school land which he purchased. He has remained in that
place with his wife and family, consisting of five children.
In politics Mr. Johnson voted
the republican ticket until 1882, when he joined the populists. Since that time he has allied himself with the democratic and independent parties and has been twice honored at their hands, elected to the senate in 1892 and again in 1896. He is a man of good personality, strong convictions, and purity of purpose. He is chairman of the committees on public lands and buildings and miscellaneous subjects, and a member of the committees on judiciary, finance, ways, and means, public printing, claims, state prison, revenue, and agriculture.
thirteenth senatorial district, consisting of the counties
of Holt, Garfield, Wheeler, and Boyd, is represented in the
senate by Hon. J. D. Lee, of Lynch, Nebraska. He was born in
Floyd county, Virginia, in 1865, and lived there until 1881,
emigrating to Nebraska, where he has since resided. Mr. Lee
was educated in the common and normal schools of his native
state. He is the son of a Baptist clergyman of distinguished
ability, Rev. G. B. Lee. The son was given an early
schooling in theology, and is at present a local minister.
Politically Mr. Lee has been a populist since the
organization of that party in this state.
He was instrumental and efficient in organizing the section he represents. He is a gentleman of strong personalty (sic), good address, and perfect self-control. He is intensely earnest in whatever be believes is right. He is chairman of the committees on counties and county boundaries, state prison, and a member of the committees on internal improvements, education, railroads, university and normal schools, asylums, and irrigation.
ninth senatorial district is ably represented in this
legislature by Hon. Michael W. McGann, of Albion. He was
born in McDonough county, Illinois, August 23, 1863,andwas
educated at a private school in Macomb, Illinois, up to
1889, when he came to Boone county, this state. His father
died in 1893, but his mother still lives at Macomb,
Illinois. He was admitted to the bar in 1889 and was married
in 1892 to Miss Rose A. Brady, They have two children, a
daughter, Catherine, and a son, James. He has a high
standing in the bar of his county, and enjoys an excellent
practice. He has been twice elected county attorney of Boone
county, and each time has honored the position with which
the people entrusted
him. Politically he is a staunch populist, and is held in popular esteem by his constituents. On the floor of the senate Mr. McGann makes few speeches, and never claims the attention of the house unless he has something important to say. He is chairman of the judiciary committee, and a member of the committees on railroads, privileges and elections, asylums, public charities, standing committees, municipal affairs, and mines and mining.
seventh senatorial district is ably represented, by a modest
but capable gentleman in the person of Hon. Wm. Miller, of
Burt county. He was born in Alsace-Lorraine, France, in
1851. After receiving a fair education in the French and
German languages he emigrated, in 1865, with his parents to
Canada. Two weeks after his arrival he was left an orphan by
his father's death. William turned his attention to the
shoemaker's trade, mastered it, and worked at it until
compelled to abandon this occupation by failing health. He
then engaged in farming, and later in the lumber industry in
Western Ontario, following this latter vocation for five
years. He then bought 100 acres of timber land. He was
married in 1873 to Miss Catharine