Bristow, Joseph Little, 1861-1944

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Birth 1861-07-22
Death 1944-07-14

Biographical notes:

Newspaper owner & editor, fourth assistant postmaster general, U.S. senator from Kansas; of Kansas, Virginia.

From the description of Joseph L. Bristow papers, 1864-1944 (bulk 1897-1918). (Kansas State Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 77635872

Joseph Little Bristow was born near Hazel Green, Kentucky on July 22, 1861. In 1873, he moved with his father to Fredonia, Kansas. He graduated from Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas in 1886. He served as clerk of the district court of Douglas County from 1886 to 1890. In 1890 he bought the Salina (Kansas) Daily Republican, and served as editor for five years. He was selected secretary of the Republican State Committee in 1894, and again elected secretary in 1898. He purchased the Ottawa (Kansas) Herald, which he owned for more than ten years, and he purchased the Salina Daily Republican-Journal in 1903. He was Fourth Assistant Postmaster General from 1897 to 1905, and was appointed a special commissioner of the Panama Railroad in 1905. In 1909, he was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served until March 3, 1915. He engaged in agricultural pursuits on his estate, Ossian Hall, near Fairfax, Virginia from 1918 until his death on July 14, 1944.

From the description of Bristow, Joseph L. (Joseph Little), 1861-1944 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10574937


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