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Lorenzo D. Lewelling

In office
January 9, 1893 – January 14, 1895
Lieutenant Percy Daniels
Preceded by Lyman U. Humphrey
Succeeded by Edmund N. Morrill

Born December 21, 1846
Salem, Iowa
Died September 3, 1900 (aged 53)
Arkansas City, Kansas
Political party Populist
Spouse(s) Angeline M. Cook, Ida Bishop
Profession soldier, teacher
Religion Quaker

Lorenzo Dow Lewelling (December 21, 1846 – September 3, 1900) was the 12th Governor of Kansas.


Early life

Lewelling was born to William Lewelling, an abolitionist who died soon after making an empassioned speech in Indiana. Lewelling was raised by his widowed mother and struggled to gain an education.

Civil War

Following the Civil War, Lewelling became a teacher at Whittier College in Salem, Iowa. He was known to be an excellent lecturer and frequently gave public recitals of poetry.

Professional career

Lewelling was superintendent of the girls department of the state reform school in Iowa before moving to Wichita, Kansas.


Lewelling was swept into office as a third-party candidate in the election of 1892.

Governor of Kansas

Lewelling presided over a state that was largely in the control of the Populists. However, the Legislature was divided into two sections, one claimed by the Populists and one claimed by the Republicans. Lewelling, of course, only recognized the Populist-controlled House. Despite the fact that both groups met in the same chamber at different times, conflict was certain to occur. This led to the "Legislative War", until the Kansas Supreme Court decided in favor of the Republican-controlled House.


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