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THE WESTERN STAR, 19 February 1898


Capt. Henry Booth is dead. He was found dead in his barnyard at 5 o'clock Monday afternoon, where he had been repairing a well. It is supposed that he died of heart failure.

He was a prominent aspirant for the Larned post office, and would undoubtedly have succeeded the present incumbent had he lived until May. He has been a resident of Kansas since 1856.

He soldiered with Jim Lane, campaigned with Governor Robinson and was a special favorite of Senator Plumb. He entered the Union army as a private when the war broke out and rose to the rank of captain. He was
one of the first settlers of this part of the state and helped drive out the Pawnee, Kiowa, Comanche and other Indians from this part of the country. He was one of the organizers of Pawnee county and the first
representatives of the county in the Kansas legislature.

He afterward served a number of years as receiver of the United States land office at Larned, after which he was sent back to the legislature, when he became a speaker of the house. He was elected chairman of the Republican state central committee and under his management the party reached the top wave of political popularity and rolled up the unprecedented and
phenomenal 80,000 Republican majority.

He served as adjutant general and as commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, department of Kansas. He
has been a delegate to many of the Republican state and to the national conventions and he was probably the oldest and best known Republican politician in the state of Kansas.

Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

Last Updated:  Wednesday, December 14, 2005 22:23:45

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