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PictureSpacerIcon or sketchON. J. B. MITCHELL is one of the representatives from the twenty-ninth district and a member of the house of representatives. He was born in Prebble county, Ohio, and was educated in the common schools. He was married in 1847, and in 1852 crossed the plains to California, returning three years later to Henry county, Illinois, and afterwards devoted five years to the study of medicine. In 1862 he enlisted as a private in Company C, 112th Illinois Infantry, as first lieutenant. In 1863 he was promoted to captain of his company, and commanded the same until the close of the war, participating in twenty-two engagements. He was three times wounded, and was honorably discharged in July, 1865. He was appointed by General Grant to a position in the Internal Revenue Department, and retired shortly after the close of the presidential term. In 1880 Captain Mitchell located in Seward county, Nebraska, at the thriving little town of Milford, and engaged in the drug business. He is still a business man and resident of that place. Captain Mitchell is an earnest advocate of financial and other reforms, and is a member of the committees on judiciary, other asylums, revenue and taxation, and fees and salaries.




PictureSpacerIcon or sketchON. O. S. MORAN, of Creston, represents the twenty-fourth district in the house. He is forty-two years of age and a native of West Virginia. He was married October 25, 1875, to Lucy E. Summers and they have seven children. He came to Nebraska the same year of his marriage, and located in Platte county, where he has since resided. He has served the people of his school district for nine years as treasurer, and was two years a member of the board of county supervisors. Though often solicited to accept official honors Mr. Moran has declined to become an office-seeker, preferring the duties of a private citizen. He has always been a straight democrat and has taken a lively interest as a worker in the ranks in the affairs of his party. In 1896 Mr. Moran was nominated for the lower house of the twenty-fifth session of the legislature by the representatives of fusion in his district, and was elected by a good majority. He is a citizen of well defined principles and clear convictions, and his stand upon all public questions is taken as a matter of principle rather than policy or expediency. He is a member of the committees on privileges and elections, miscellaneous subjects, and insane hospital.




PictureSpacerIcon or sketchON. J. R. MORRISON, representative of the thirty-fifth district in the house, was born in Fermanagh, Ireland, December 22, 1862. In 1870 his parents moved to Rock Island county, Illinois, and afterwards to Poweshiek county, Iowa. When the son was seventeen years old they located in Thayer county, Nebraska, and the home of Mr. Morrison is still there. He is peculiarly and distinctively a good illustration of a self-made man. He obtained his education in the public schools, and the home he now possesses is the fruit of his own honest labors, assisted by the aid and counsel of a devoted wife. He has been a farmer from early boyhood, and owns a fine half section of land in the southern part of Thayer county. Though still a young man he has gained an enviable place in the esteem of his neighbors and friends by his industry, economy, and probity. His strong hold on the people of his district is fairly indicated by the result of the election of 1896, when he was triumphantly elected on the legislative ticket as the populist or fusion candidate in a district which has heretofore been strongly republican. While the republican electors received a plurality of from 119 to 241, Mr. Morrison was



a winner by a majority of 43. He is vice president of the Thayer County Mutual Insurance Company. Mr. Morrison is a member of the committees on agriculture, other asylums, live stock and grazing, and school lands funds.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchHE thirteenth district is represented in the house by Hon. John F. Nesbit, of Tekamah, and his constituency covers Burt and Washington counties. He was born on a farm in Bradford county, Pennsylvania, in 1858, of Irish parentage. His youth was divided between the farm in the crop season and the public school in winter. He had applied himself with such diligence to his studies that he became a teacher at the age of sixteen, following the profession during the winter months for some years. He located in Cuming county, Nebraska, in 1878, and entered the employ of the West Point Creamery. He then turned his attention to the retail hardware business as a clerk, and afterwards went to Omaha, accepting a position with one of the largest wholesale houses in the hardware line in the state. He remained in the employ of the company seven years, five of which were spent upon the road as a traveling salesman. During most of the time he was interested in the retail business in Tekamah. He finally quit the

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