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William Alfred Peffer

William Alfred Peffer, American senator. member Kan.


  • Peffer, William Alfred was born on September 10, 1831 in Cumberland Company, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of John and Elizabeth (Souder) Peffer.

  • Education

    • Began teaching at 15, working on his father’s farm summers. Removed to Indiana, 1853, to Missouri, 1859, thence to Illinois. Engaged in farming. Enlisted as private 83d Illinois Infantry, 1862, mustered out, June 1865—rank of Lieutenant.

      Acted as adjunct and judge-advocate and quartermaster.


    • Began law practice, Clarksville, Tennessee, August 1865. Removed to Kansas; established Fredonia Journal, and Coffeyville Journal. Member Kansas Senate, 1874.

      Republican presidential elector, 1880. Editor Kansas Farmer, 1881. United States senator, 1891-1897, elected by People’s Party.

      Prohibition candidate for government, 1898. Now engaged in literature work.


    • Author: Peffer’s Tariff Manual, 1888. The Way Out
    • The Farmer’s Side, 1891. Americanism and the Philippines, 1900.

      Rise and Fall of Populism in the United States, 1900.


    Member Kan.


    • Married Sarah Jane Barber, December 28, 1852.
    • father: John Peffer
    • mother: Elizabeth (Souder) Peffer
    • spouse: Sarah Jane Barber
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    Born September 10, 1831
    Died October 7, 1912
    (aged 81)