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served until June, 1865, and was discharged with the rank of sergeant. In 1869 he located in Macon county, Missouri, on a farm and lived there until 1882, when he came to Nebraska, settling in Adams county on a farm, near the city of Hastings, where he now resides. Mr. Sykes was nominated for the senate by the fusionists, and has been a populist ever since the organization of the party. He has a wife, one daughter, and two sons. The senator is chairman of the committee on soldiers' home, and a member of the committees on military affairs, public lands and buildings, university and normal schools, immigration, and public printing.


Icon or sketchON. A. R. TALBOT, state senator from Lancaster county, is one of the best known lawyers of the Capital City, and is the senior member of the firm of Talbot, Bryan & Allen. He has for more than ten years represented the Missouri Pacific Railway Company in Nebraska. He was born in 1859, in Warren county, Illinois. He graduated from Hedding College at Abingdon in June, 1881, entered Union College of Law at Chicago and graduated from that institution in 1883. He is the general attorney for the Woodmen's Accident Association of Lincoln, a director of the Modern Woodmen of America, and high counselor of the High Court of Foresters of Nebraska. Senator Talbot is a man of fine personal appearance, a republican in politics, but with independent and liberal ideas upon all current questions of public importance. He insists on doing



his own thinking and in consequence enjoys the esteem and personal friendship of men of all political creeds. For eight years he was chairman of the republican central committee of the city of Lincoln. He is married, and has an interesting little family, to which he is devoted. He is a member of the Methodist church and


represents the high moral element of his party. Senator Talbot, although a member of the minority in his branch of the legislature, has exercised an influence that has clearly marked him as a leader. He serves with ability and fidelity on the committees on judiciary, university and normal schools, and rules, and is chairman of the committee on mines and mining.




PictureSpacerIcon or sketchHE twenty-second district is represented in the senate by Dr. E. G. Watson, of Friend, a physician and surgeon of emiment scholarship. He was born in Lafayette county, Wisconsin, January 18, 1858. Receiving a good common school education, he taught for several terms. He graduated from Rush Medical College in 1884, and soon after located at Friend, where he enjoys a large and lucrative practice. In 1889 the doctor visited Europe, traveling through Ireland, England, and France, and attended the Paris exposition. He subsequently visited Berlin, Dresden, and Prague, in the meantime studying medicine and surgery under the most celebrated scientists and specialists of the old world. While in Berlin he became intimately acquainted with Hon. William Walter Phelps, the distinguished American consul. He also visited Vienna, Constantinople, sailed down the Mediterranean to Cairo, Egypt, climbed the Pyramids, and viewed the wonders of the ancient Nile, studying the peculiarities of the native towns. Through the Suez canal, the Red sea, and the Indian ocean, he traversed India, China, and Japan, crossing the Pacific ocean to San Francisco, having circumnavigated the globe in one year and six days. Senator Watson is a man of means, sterling integrity, and



good business management. He serves as chairman of the committee on public printing, and is a member of the committees on municipal affairs, education, claims, miscellaneous corporations, medical societies, asylums, enrolled and engrossed bills, chairman of the permanent caucus and member of the sifting committee.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchtoe county, being the third senatorial district of Nebraska, is represented in the upper house by Hon. Amos A. Weller, of Syracuse. He was born in Onondaga county, New York, in 1841. At the age of twenty years he enlisted in the 185th New York Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war. He was in the front at Appomattox Court House April 9, 1865, when Lee surrendered. He came to Nebraska in 1869, and settled in Otoe county. He owned and improved what is now known as the Turlington Stock Farm, continuing as a practical agriculturist for thirteen years, after which he settled in the thriving city of Syracuse. He was married December 26, 1866, to Miss Ora A. Young, and they have two girls, Nina and Rose. He is engaged in the merchandise business at Syracuse, Unadilla, Nebraska City, and McCook. He



was elected county commissioner of Otoe county in 1883 on the democratic ticket, and served one term. In 1836 he was nominated for the senate on the fusion ticket, and was victorious. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, K. of H., and Woodmen of the World. Senator Weller is chairman of the committees on military affairs and banks and currency, and is a member of the committees on finance, ways and means, railroads, constitutional amendments and federal relations, manufactures and commerce, and enrolled and engrossed bills.


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