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Joseph Hooker Mercer | 1941

Kansas farmer and statesman.

1864-1937 | Artist: Othmar J. Hoffler (1893-1954)



Impact & Accomplishments


Born on a farm in Williamsburg, Ohio, J. H. Mercer spent part of his childhood in Tyler County, West Virginia, where he taught briefly as a young man.


In 1887, he settled in Kansas, first operating a grocery, and then a stock farm near Cottonwood Falls. He combined interests of agriculture and politics to serve his state for several decades, as a Kansas legislator and state livestock commissioner.


Mercer was secretary of the Kansas Livestock Association and participated in the National Livestock and Meat Board in its early years of formation. He was also on the board of the Kansas Historical Society.


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Photo credit: Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc.... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. Edited by Frank W. Blackmar.

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