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PictureSpacerIcon or sketchON. WILLIAM D. HOLBROOK, one of the members of the house from the fourteenth district, is serving his second term in the Nebraska legislature, having been a member of the state senate in the session of 1895. He was born in Sullivan county, Missouri, April 17, 1850, and his father was a teacher, lawyer, and judge. William was left as the eldest son in a family of seven children in his eleventh year, when his father died. The family removed to Illinois, where the boy worked and attended school under difficulties, gaining most of his education by private study and at night. March 14, 1875, he was married to Miss Addie R. Mahan, and five children now make up the happy circle of their pleasant and hospitable home. Representative Holbrook has followed the vocation of agriculture all his life, and now owns and lives upon a farm in Dodge county. He is secretary of the Farmers Mutual Insurance Association of his county. He was justice of the peace for ten years, school director for nine, and has been remarkably successful in overcoming democratic majorities whenever a candidate for office. He was the only republican elected on the county ticket in 1896 and received a majority of over 250. He is a man of intelligence, of the strictest integrity, and, it is



needless to add, has an exceedingly strong hold on the people of his district. He is a member of the committees on penitentiary, public printing, and labor.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchHE gentleman who represents the sixty-fifth district in the house of representatives has had an experience in western life that has given him a knowledge of the conditions and peculiarities of many states. Hon. Leonidas J. Holland was born on a farm in Sevier county, Tennessee, in 1830. His father, Benjamin Holland, moved with his family to Missouri in 1833, being the third settler in Platte county. In 1850 the son, Leonidas, but twenty years old, struck out for himself and began freighting across the plains to the gold fields of California. In 1858 he returned as far east as Otoe county, Nebraska, but in 1863 led a freight train of plain wagons to Montana, and took up his abode later in Virginia City. He purchased mining claims and operated and rustled for two years, after which he returned to the fertile lands of Otoe county, this state, and located on a farm south of Nebraska City. From there he moved to Red Willow county, where he now owns a farm of 1,100 acres. Mr. Holland was married



in 1866 to Miss Sidney E. Stevenson, of Sheridan county, Missouri, and they have a family of five children, four of whom are girls. Politically Representative Holland was formerly a democrat, but is now one of the strongest advocates of the doctrine of the independent party. He is a member of the committees on public printing, labor, and federal relations.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchHE fifty-ninth district is ably represented in the house by Hon. William Horner, of Lexington, Nebraska. He was born in Caledonia, Wisconsin, February 20, 1847. His father served in the war of 1812, and his grandfather was a Revolutionary patriot. William enlisted in Company H, Fifth Wisconsin Volunteers in 1864, and served with credit in the Army of the Potomac until the close of the war. He worked on the farm until attaining his majority, after which he engaged for four years in stock buying and lumber. He was married in 1871 to Miss Martha Barron, of Eau Galla, Wisconsin, and their family consists of one boy and two girls. He continued farm life in that state until 1880, when with his wife and children he removed to Correctionville, Iowa, still pursuing the arts of agriculture until 1887. His next change of location brought him to



Dawson county, Nebraska, where he busied himself in stock raising and agriculture. In 1892 he left the farm, located in the city of Lexington, and followed the mercantile business successfully for about three years, when he disposed of his interest, and though still residing in that city, is giving his business attention to farming. Representative Horner, though deprived of early advantages of schooling, was possessed of an indomitable will and secured for himself, by hard work and private study, a good education. He is a gentle man of high character, and has ever been foremost among the advocates of political and social reforms. He is a member of the committees on public schools, soldiers' home, militia, public printing, and roads and bridges.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchHE sixty-second district is represented in the house by Hon. 0. Hull, of Alma, Harlan county, who was reelected having represented the same district in the twenty-fourth session of the legislature, in 1895. He was born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, March 7, 1849. His parents moved to Mahaska county, Iowa, in 1858, where his early youth was spent in the schools and in tillage of the soil. He took a three years' course in a normal school at Oskaloosa,

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