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road and engaged in the general merchandise business in Tekamah, and has been eminently successful. He was married in 1882 to Miss Lillian May Fuller, of Bradford county, Pennsylvania, and one girl and two boys complete their happy home circle. It is a Presbyterian family, Mr. Nesbit is a member of the committees on penitentiary, other asylums, and benevolent institutions.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchON. CYRUS W. PHELPS represents in the house the sixty-seventh district, consisting of the counties of Chase, Hayes, Hitchcock, and Dundy, and is a populist leader of wide influence in western Nebraska. He was born on a farm in Mason county, Illinois, October 11, 1848, where he obtained his education in the district schools of that period. At the age of nineteen he entered Eureka (Illinois) College, taking a two years' course. In 1869 he studied law and was admitted to the practice two years later. He abandoned the active pursuit of his profession on account of the declining health of his father, who had located in Nemaha county, Nebraska, and the son was induced to take charge of the parental estate. October 2, 1872, he was married to Miss Josie Ballinger, of Brown



county, Kansas, and the result of the union is an interesting family of six girls and three boys. After teaching some time he removed with his family to Dundy county, where he now resides. He has been prominently identified with the populist party from its early organization. He carried every county in his district as the legislative nominee in 1896, and was elected by 271 votes. He is a pleasant speaker and an effective campaigner. Mr. Phelps is a member of the committees on irrigation, county boundaries, county seats and township organization, and banks and currency.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchON. ERNEST M. POLLARD, of Cass county, represents the seventh district in the lower house, and is one of the first native-born Nebraskans to serve in the legislative body. He was born at Nehawka April 15, 1869, of New England ancestry, whose first American pioneers settled in Boston in 1690. Mr. Pollard's early education was acquired in the public schools, from whence he entered the University of Nebraska, graduating therefrom June 7, 1893. In 1892 he represented the university at Ann Arbor, where the first national collegiate republican club was organ-



ized, and was later elected president of the first state republican college league of Nebraska. Mr. Pollard stood high in his classes, and enjoyed the respect and confidence of his fellows and instructors. He took second prize in the State University oratorical contest in January, 1893 In his senior year he was senior captain of the cadet battalion. He is a careful student of financial problems, and has a wide range of information on these questions. He is an enthusiastic advocate of the gold standard, and spoke in every precinct of his county during the recent campaign, receiving the highest majority cast for any candidate in the district. He married Miss Maud E. Rose, of Lincoln, April 8, 1896, and is engaged in the fruit business with his father, who owns the largest orchard in the state, with a large stock farm and other important interests. Representative Pollard is a member of the committees on finance, ways and means, other asylums, revenue and taxation, and university and normal schools.


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PictureSpacerIcon or sketchHE twenty-third district is represented in the house by Hon. Frank P. Prince, of Madison, a republican who cast his first vote for Rutherford B. Hayes for president in 1876. Mr. Prince was born in Cheshire, Massachusetts, July 5, 1853, and at the age of thirteen moved with his parents to Columbia county, Wisconsin, where he worked and studied, dividing his time between the farm and the village school. He completed his course of study at the Randolph high school in 1874, receiving honorable mention for excellence in scholarship. In 1875 he located in Madison, Nebraska, his present home. He was married in 1882 to Miss Edna Church. He has had some experience in school teaching, more in farming, and has lately been engaged in the hotel business. The Prince House, of which he is proprietor, is one of the best known hostelries of that part of the state. In politics Mr. Prince is a strong republican, but until within the past two years he has not been active. He is very popular with the people of his district. He is a courteous gentleman, a hard-working member of the house, and serves with ability on the committees on public lands and buildings, corporations, insane hospital, and medical societies.

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