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Icon or sketchILLIAM F. SCHWIND, secretary of the senate, is one of the most popular and influential young politicians in Nebraska. He was born at Canton, Missouri, October 1, 1864. His father, Rev. William


Schwind, was a German Methodist minister, and William was the second son. The boy entered Central Wesleyan College at Warrenton, Missouri, when fifteen years of age, and graduated in 1884, when only nineteen. He had varied experiences as a farm hand and book agent, laboring assiduously to earn his way through school. After leaving college he took the road as a commercial traveler



for a St. Louis firm, abandoning the drummer's life to study law. He came to Lincoln in the fall of 1888, and not finding a suitable opening for the study of his chosen profession, accepted a position as stenographer in one of the departments of the B. & M. railway. He employed his spare moments, including noons and evenings, reading law in the office of Talbot & Bryan, and was admitted to the bar in 1891. He afterwards entered the College of Law, University of Nebraska, and received the degree of LL. B. in 1892. Mr. Schwind was a republican until a few years ago, when he left the party because of its position on the money question, and identified himself with the free silver wing of the democratic party. He distinguished himself by his efficiency and remarkable capacity for campaign work, as Mr. Bryan's private secretary in 1896. He married Miss Lollie Strother, of Warrenton, Missouri, and they have two bright girls aged five and seven. Secretary Schwind has acquitted himself with eminent credit during the twenty-fifth session.

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PictureSpacerIcon or sketchON. HEMAN G. STEWART, second assistant secretary of the senate, was born in Fond du Lac county, Wisconsin, in September, 1854. His parents were farmers, and his first lessons in agriculture were received in his boyhood days on the old homestead. He became interested in the Farmers' Alliance early in its history, was one of its first officers, and for several years held a prominent place in its councils. He assisted in organizing the populist party in Nebraska, and has always been one of the strongest advocates of its principles in the state. In 1893 he was nominated by the populists for the state senate, was elected, and was re-elected in 1895. Mr. Stewart is a successful agriculturist, and the owner of a fine farm in Dawes county, Nebraska. He has rendered acceptable service in the position with which he was honored by the present senate.




PictureSpacerIcon or sketchEV. FRANK J. CHATBURN, of Wilber, was chosen chaplain of the senate by unanimous vote of the fusion majority. He was born at Woodbine, Iowa, September 16, 1864, and came with his parents to Harlan, Iowa, at a tender age and received his education in the common and graded schools. He spent four years in school at Dowville, and at the age of twelve began work in a flouring mill of which his father was proprietor, attending school a portion of the time. At nineteen he taught school and began studying for the ministry. He moved to Hastings, Nebraska, the next year, and assisted in running his father's flour and feed mill, continuing his theological preparation. After a varied and wide range of reading and study he embraced the faith and is now the acting pastor of the denomination known as the reorganized church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was ordained as a minister at Wilber about six years ago, and has there since resided. He read law and was admitted to the bar in 1895, and is a regular practitioner in his home city. He receives no salary as pastor, performing the labors as a missionary without pay. He was married December 28, 1891, to Miss Carrie Nutt, and they have two children. In politics the senate chaplain is a consistent independent.

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