CHARLES F. MANDERSON, of Omaha, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 9, 1837; was educated in the schools of his native city; removed to Canton, Ohio, in 1856, where he studied law, and was called to the bar in 1859; was elected city solicitor of that city in 1860, and in April, 1861, entered the army as First Lieutenant, Company A, Nineteenth Regiment Ohio Infantry; participated in the campaign under General McClellan in West Virginia in the summer of 1861, and afterwards in the campaign of the Army of the Cumberland; rose through the grades of captain, major, lieutenant-colonel, and colonel of the Ohio Infantry, being in command of the regiment from the date of the battle of Shiloh; on Septermber 2, 1864, at the battle of Lovejoy's Station he was severely wounded, and, because of disability from such wound, resigned in April, 1865; in March, 1865, he was brevetted Brigadier-General of Volunteers, United States Army, "for gallant, long continued, and meritorious service during the war of the rebellion;" he continued the practice of law at Canton, Ohio, being twice elected as district attorney, until November, 1869, when he removed to Omaha, Nebraska, where he has since resided and practiced law; for six years he was city attorney at Omaha, and it 1871 and again in 1874, was elected by both political parties as a member of the constitutional convention for those years; was elected to the United States Senate as a republican, to succeed Alvin Saunders, republican, and took his seat December 3, 1883, and was re-elected in 1888; was elected president pro tempore in April, 1891, to succeed John J. Ingalls; in March, 1893, he resigned the position of president pro tempore of the Senate, and was succeeded by the Senator from Tennessee, Mr. Harris. His term of service will expire March 3, 1895.
WILLIAM VINCENT ALLEN, Of Madison, was born in Midway, Madison county, Ohio, January 28, 1847; removed with his stepfather's family, to Iowa in 1857. He was educated in the common schools of Iowa and attended the Upper Iowa University at Fayette for a time, but did not graduate; was a private soldier in Company G, Thirty-second Iowa Volunteer Infantry, during the war of the rebellion, the last five months of his services being on the staff of General J. I. Gilbert; read law with Hon. L. L. Ainsworth, at West Union, Iowa, and was admitted to the bar May 31, 1869, and practiced law from then until elected judge of the district court of the Ninth Judicial District of Nebraska, in the fall of 1891. He moved from Iowa to Nebraska, in 1884; was married May 2, 1870; was elected United States Senator, to succeed Algernon Sidney Paddock, February 7,1893, for the full term of six years commencing March 4 1893. His term of service will expire March 3 1899.
COUNTIESCass, Johnson, Lancaster, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, and Richardson7 counties; population, 177,055
WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN, of Lincoln, was born in Salem, Marion county, Illinois, March 19, 1860; attended public school until fifteen years of age, spending his vacations on the farm; in the fall of 1875 entered Whipple Academy, at Jacksonville, Illinois; entered Illinois College, Jacksonville, in 1877; completed a classical course and was graduated with the highest honors in 1881; attended Union College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, for two years, during which time he was connected with the office of ex-Senator Lyman Trumbull; began the practice of his profession at Jacksonville; removed to Lincoln, Nebraska, October 1, 1887, and became a member of the firm of Talbot & Bryan; never held an elective office prior to his election to Congress; was elected to the Fifty-second and re-elected to the Fifty-third Congress as a democrat, receiving 13,784 votes, against 13,644 votes for Allen W. Field, republican, 863 votes for R. W. Maxwell, populist, and 2,409 votes for Jerome Shamp, independent.
COUNTIESDouglas, Sarpy, and Washington3 counties; population, 176,752
DAVID H. MERCER, of Omaha, was born in Benton county, Iowa, July 9, 1857; removed with his parents to Nebraska in 1867; prepared for college in Brownville high school; graduated from Nebraska State University June 9, 1880; admitted to the bar April 8, 1881; graduated from the law department of the Michigan State University, March 29, 1882; was secretary of the republican state central committee of Nebraska, 1884-5; was chairman of the republican committees of Omaha and Douglas county, 1886-1892; was elected to the fifty-third Congress as 1are publican, receiving 11,488 votes against 10,388 votes for Judge George W. Doane, democrat, 3,152 votes for Rev. Robert L. Wheeler, independent, and 362 votes for R. W. Richardson, prohibitionist.
COUNTIESAntelope, Boone, Burt, Cedar, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Knox, Madison, Merrick, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Stanton, Thurston, and Wayne18 counties; population, 163,674
GEORGE D. MEIKLEJOHN, of Fullerton, was born at Weyauwega, Waupaca county, Wisconsin, August 26,1857, and brought up on a farm; educated at the State Normal, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Michigan University, Ann Arbor; principal of the High School at Weyauwega, Wisconsin, and Liscomb, Iowa; graduated from the Law Department, Michigan University, in 1880; located at Fullerton, Nance county, Nebraska, in 1880, where he has since been engaged in the practice of law; was county attorney for Nance county three years; elected to the senate of the Nebraska legislature in 1884 and re-elected in 1886; was elected president of the senate during his second term; was elected chairman of the republican state central committee in 1887-88; was elected lieutenant-governor, was presiding officer of the famous joint convention to canvass the election returns of 1891, when an attempt was made to count out the ticket that was duly elected; and was elected to the Fifty-third Congress as a republican, receiving 13,635 votes, against 10,630 votes for George F. Keiper, democrat, and 9,636 votes for William A. Pointer, independent.
COUNTIESButler, Fillmore, Gage, Hamilton, Jefferson, Polk, Saline, Saunders, Seward, Thayer, and York11 counties; population, 195,414
EUGENE J. HAINER, of Aurora, Hamilton county, was born August 16,1851, at Funfkirchen, Hungary; emigrated to the United States with his parents in 1854; the family, after living one year at Chicago, removed to the Hungarian colony at New Buda, Iowa; remained there until 1857, when they removed to Columbia, Missouri, where they resided until 1860, returning again to New Buda; his early boyhood was spent on his father's farm; at the age of fifteen he left home,working as farm hand near Garden Grove, Iowa, until 1873; recieved his education at Garden Grove Seminary and Iowa Agricultural College, teaching school during vacations to meet expenses; graduated from the Law Department, Simpson Centenary College, Indianola, Iowa, in 1876; removed to Aurora, Nebraska, in 1877, where he has since resided, and engaged in the practice of law; is interested in banking and in a line of creameries in southern Nebraska; was never a candidate for an elective office until elected to the Fifty-third Congress as a republican, receiving 15,648 votes against 11,486 votes for William H. Dech, people's independent, 8,988 votes for Victor Vifquain democrat, and 1,312 votes for J. P. Kettelwell, prohibitionist.
COUNTIESAdams, Chase, Clay, Dundy, Franklin, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hall, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Kearney, Nuckolls, Perkins, Phelps, Red Willow, and Webster18 counties; population, 169,459
WILLIAM ARTHUR McKEIGHAN, of Red Cloud, was born of Irish parents in Cumberland county, New Jersey, January 19, 1842; removed with his parents to Fulton county, Illinois, in 1848, where he lived on a farm and attended the common school; enlisted in the Eleventh Regiment Illinois Cavalry, September, 1861; at the close of the war settled on a farm near Pontiac, Illinois; took an active part in organizing the Farmers' Association; was elected vice-president for the eighth congressional district; removed to Nebraska in 1880, and settled on a farm near Red Cloud; took an active interest in organizing the Alliance; was elected county judge of Webster county in 1885; in 1886 was democratic candidate for Congress against Hon. James Laird and was defeated; was again nominated for congress by the Alliance or independent party, was indorsed by the democratic convention, and elected to the Fifty-second and re-elected to the Fifty-third Congress as an independent, receiving 17,490 votes, against 14,230 votes for William E. Andrews, republican, and 838 votes to O. C. Hubbell, people's party.
COUNTIESArtur, Banner, Blaine, Box Butte, Brown, Buffalo, Cherry, Cheyenne, Custer, Dawes, Dawson, Deuel, Garfield, Grant, Greeley, Holt, Hooker, Howard, Keith, Keya Paha, Kimball, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, McPherson, Rock, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sherman, Sioux, Thomas, Valley, and Wheeler33 counties; population, 176,556
OMER MADISON KEM, of Broken Bow, was born in Wayne county, Indiana, November 13, 1855; was brought up on a farm and received a common school education; removed to Custer county, Nebraska, in March, 1882, where he entered land under the homestead law; resided on this homestead until January, 1890, when he removed to Broken Bow to fill an appointment as deputy treasurer of Custer county; was elected to the Fifty-second and re-elected to the Fifty-third Congress as a populist independent, receiving 14,328 votes, against 12,197 votes for James Whitehead, republican, 4,202 votes for Gatewood, democrat, and 656 votes for Orlando, R. Beebe, people's.