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deeply interested in the business side of politics. He is very popular with the members of his party in Douglas county and the state at large. While a member of the house Mr. Cox served on the committees on internal improvements, manufactures and commerce, and claims.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchHE fifty-fifth legislative district is represented in the house by Hon. Jay H. Cronk, of Ord, Nebraska. Mr. Cronk was born in Montague, New York, May 11, 1862, and at the age of eleven moved with his parents to Valley county, Nebraska, where he now lives. He was married September 11, 1882, to Miss Linnie Timmerman, of Valley county, and they have seven children. He has followed farming and stock raising since he first engaged in business for himself. In 1889 Mr. Cronk became interested in the movement which has more recently developed into the populist propaganda, and was elected secretary of the county alliance. He was nominated and elected to the board of supervisors of his county and served one year. He is secretary of Springdale irrigation district. In 1896 he was nominated by the populist convention for representative to the legislature and was elected by a



good, round vote. He is a gentleman of intense convictions on all matters of public interest, and has the courage to maintain them. He has a strong hold on the people of his district. He is chairman of the committee on benevolent institutions, and a member of the committees on internal improvements, library, medical societies, and school lands and funds.


Icon or sketchON. JOSEPH CROW, representative from Douglas county, was born April 21, 1856, in Greencastle,



Indiana. He was educated in his native city, in the public schools, and took a thorough course in De Pauw University, whence he graduated in 1876, with the de-



gree of Bachelor of Science. In 1877 he was admitted to the bar and engaged at once in the active practice of the law in Greencastle, Indiana, gaining speedy recognition and marked success. In 1881 he was elected city attorney for Greencastle and was twice re-elected, in 1883 and 1885, but resigned in 1886 and removed to Cheyenne county, Kansas, where he took an active part in the organization of that county, and was elected its first county attorney, having charge of its legal work in its formative state. In October, 1886, he was married to Miss Helen E. Jennings, the accomplished daughter of L. A. Jennings, of Newcastle, Indiana. In April, 1889, he removed to Omaha, where he has continued in the practice of law, with steadily growing reputation, and now numbers among his clients some of the leading business men of the metropolitan city. Although thoroughly devoted to his private business, Mr. Crow has found time and means to discharge the duties which the citizen owes to his government. He has taken an active interest in public affairs. A strong republican, he has been constantly active in club work, primaries, and conventions. He was elected to the legislature of 1895, and made chairman of the committee on finance, ways and means, a distinction rarely conferred upon a new member. He was re-elected in 1896, and at the close of a long legislative contest was unseated by a vote of the majority. During his service in the present house Mr. Crow served on the committees on judiciary, constitutional amendments, telegraph, telephones and electric lights.




PictureSpacerIcon or sketchN. CHARLES E. CURTIS was born at Wheeler, Indiana, December 20, 1864. His boyhood days were spent helping his father on the farm and attending public school. He completed his education at the Northern Indiana Normal School, Valparaiso. Leaving the homestead at the age of twenty-two, he removed to Chicago, Illinois, securing employment with Armour & Co., and later with the Union Stock Yards & Transit Company. In 1888 he married Miss Agnes F. Morrison, of Englewood, Illinois. They have one child, a daughter, Mabel. In the following year he came to Nebraska, locating at South Omaha, where he engaged in the retail grocery business, which he still continues. Until 1892 he voted the democratic ticket, but in that year found it consistent with his convictions to affiliate with the populist party, In August, 1896, he was one of the delegates chosen by the populists to represent Nebraska at the St. Louis convention, which nominated William J. Bryan for president. The same year he was elected representative from the tenth district on the fusion ticket. His popular vote, regardless of party, was greater than any candidate had ever before received. Frank, generous, and honest, he is re-

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