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personal appearance, dignified, courteous, and able in debate. He is an untiring legislator, and makes friends by his respectful consideration and business-like zeal. He is chairman of the committee on cities and towns, and a member of the committees on public lands and buildings, and fees and salaries.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchON. JULIUS SMITH, representative from the first district in the house, was born in Germany March 5, 1837. His father, Carl Smith, was a school teacher, and followed the profession for fifty-one years in the same city. At the age of fourteen Julius emigrated to America, making the journey across the ocean in a sailing vessel, landing at New Orleans, after a stormy voyage. In April, 1852, he started for the northwest in search of relatives, landed in St. Joseph, and after much difficulty, being unable to speak the English language, he found his people and commenced work on a farm. Availing himself of whatever advantages the winter schools afforded he worked and studied until 1856, when he came to Nebraska and located in Richardson county, where be has since become known as a permanent resident. His life has been de-



voted to agricultural pursuits, and he was elected to the legislature in 1892, and served with ability in the session of 1893. In 1862 he was married to Rosalie Schmitt, of Brown county, Kansas, and their union has been blessed with ten children, eight of whom are living. In 1896 he was nominated by the friends of fusion for representative, and was elected to that body. He is a member of the committees on public lands and buildings, railroads, and miscellaneous subjects.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchHE fifth district, consisting of Johnson and Nemaha counties, is represented by Hon. David C. Snyder, of Elk Creek. He was born in Fulton county, Pennsylvania, October 19, 1848, and lived there until he attained his majority, attending the common schools during the winter and farming in the summer. In 1883 he moved to Johnson county, this state, locating on the farm where he now resides, and has there developed and improved a splendid tract of land embracing 200 acres. After leaving his native state in the east Mr. Snyder resided for a time in Henry county, Illinois, and served the people of his township as commissioner. He was married March 8, 1871, to Miss



Sarah Pattershall, at Cambridge, Illinois, and six children have followed the union. The district represented by Mr. Snyder is what is called in legislative parlance the "float," indicating that part of the same territory represented by such a district may be included in another representative district. Representative Snyder is held in high esteem by his neighbors and fellow citizens of his district generally without regard to party. He was elected on the fusion ticket and serves on the following house committees: Mines and minerals, penitentiary, and fish culture and game.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchHE fifty-seventh district is represented in the house by Hon. J. M. Snyder, of Sherman county. He was born in Virginia, Monongahela county, April 10, 1825. His parents removed to Trumbull county, Ohio, before the boy was one year old. Here he grew to manhood and acquired his education. This was the district of Hon. Joshua R. Giddings, and was the anti-slavery section of Ohio. Young Snyder early imbibed abolition sentiments and his first vote was for David Todd for governor of Ohio. He absorbed many of the principles of the Andrew Jackson democracy on the money question and has always been opposed to state



banks and money monopoly. When twenty-two years of age he located in Illinois and the next year was. married to Harriet Frazier, of Viola. The happy union still continues. The vigorous and healthy-minded young man continued to preach and vote the anti-slavery ticket, supporting the free-soilers in 1848 and John P. Hale in 1852. In 1856 he cast his ballot for John C. Fremont, supported and voted for Lincoln in 1860, continuing to be a republican until Benjamin Harrison was elected, when he became a populist. He served in the war as captain of a company in the Eighty-third Illinois infantry. Mr. Snyder is a minister of the gospel, and was chaplain of the senate four years ago. He is a member of the committees on judiciary, telegraph, telephone and electric lights, apportionment, fees and salaries.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchON. E. SODERMAN, representative from the sixty-third district in the house, is one of the best known anti-monopolists in Nebraska. He was born in Sweden in 1850, his parents dying before he reached his second year. He was educated and reared by friends and relatives until fifteen years old, when he commenced public school teach-

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