Central Pacific railway, continuing this occupation until severely injured by an accident in 1884. He quit railroading and came with his wife to Nebraska, locating in Burt county, at Decatur, where they still live. He has held village and township offices, always creditably, and his candidacy for the legislature was the first position of any importance to which he has aspired. He is an influential republican, and a member of the committees on agriculture, privileges and elections, public schools, live stock and grazing.
BARTON W. CAMPBELL, representative from Clay county, was
born May 27, 1838, in Scott county, Illinois, where he
attended the public schools and Winchester Academy until
1860. October 8, 1862, he was married to Miss Mary Cooper,
and the union has proved to be a very fortunate and happy
one. In 1865 they moved to Maroa, on the Illinois Central,
and engaged in the general merchandise business, where he
remained for fifteen years. In 1884 he came to Clay county,
Nebraska, renting a farm upon which he resided for three
years. He afterwards purchased the 160 acres upon which he
now resides, one mile west of Clay Center, and has added to
his possessions until he owns 400
acres of beautiful land. Mr. Campbell was a staunch republican until the organization of the populist party in Nebraska, which he joined, and has been one of the ablest men connected with that organization in his county. He has held numerous positions of trust, having served nine years as member of the school board in Macon county, Illinois, and several terms in the same capacity in Clay county. When township organization was adopted he was elected to represent his township on the board of supervisors, and, being re-elected, served three years. In 1896 the populist party nominated him as its candidate for the house, he was endorsed by the democrats, and elected. Representative Campbell is a man of good judgment, and has proven himself capable of handling important public affairs as in his own personal matters. He is a member of the committees on railroads, agriculture, and apportionment.
HON. JAMES H. CASEBEER.
of the well known representatives of the thirty-second
legislative district is Hon. James H. Casebeer, of Blue
Springs, Gage county. He was born at Flatrock, Ohio,
December 12, 1859. His early education was obtained in the
common and high schools of his state. Young Casebeer came to
Nebraska before he was twenty-one years of age, in 1879,
has resided here ever since. For a time he followed decorating work, and in 1886 purchased the Blue Springs Sentinel, and has since conducted it as one of the leading republican newspapers of his county. Mr. Casebeer sprang from New England stock of high standing, and his mother was a cousin to the distinguished legislator and lawyer from Vermont, Senator Edmunds. In 1884 he married Miss Emma Swope, of Maryland, and has a son nine years old. He has held the positions of city clerk of Blue Springs, township clerk of his precinct, and member of the board of education. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, has attained the Royal Arch degree, is treasurer of the Chapter, and junior warden of Tyre Lodge No. 85. He is also an Odd Fellow of high standing. Representative Casebeer is one of the younger members of the house, a hard worker, a republican in politics, a firm believer in the doctrines of protection and sound money. He is a member of the committees on militia, insane hospitals, and public printing.
HON. W. E. CHITTENDEN.
W. E. CHITTENDEN, one of the representatives from Gage
county, was born in Lake county, Illinois, July 12, 1853. He
received a common school education, and learned the miller's
trade with his father. This occupation was unsuited to his
tastes, and he resolved to cast his lot among the people of
the farther west. He visited Gage county in 1878 and fell in
love with Nebraska. He located on a farm, in Highland
township and has resided there ever since, pursuing the
business of agriculture and stock raising. He has been all
his life a stalwart republican, but has not been active in
seeking political preferment. He is a man of convictions,
and enjoys to a high degree the confidence of his neighbors
and friends. July 4, 1877, he married Miss Emma M. Pittman
at Kenosha, Wisconsin. Representative Chittenden makes no
unnecessary display in the house, pays no attention to
parade, but is an active, watchful, earnest, and hardworking
member. He serves on the committees on railroads, accounts
and expenditures, and live stock and grazing.