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John Wilkins Whitfield

Politician. Born: March 11, 1818, Franklin, Tennessee. Died: October 27, 1879, Lavaca County, Texas. Served as non-voting delegate in U.S. House of Representatives: December 20, 1854, to March 3, 1857.

Kansas' first elected representative was born in Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee, on March 11, 1818. John W. Whitfield served in the Mexican War and removed to western Missouri in 1853 to serve as agent for the Potawatomi Indians. He was elected Kansas Territory's delegate to the U.S. Congress in November 1854 by the proslavery majority and served from December 20, 1854, to March 3, 1857. Whitfield was register of the land office at Doniphan, Kansas, 1857-1861, and then joined the 27th Texas Cavalry at the outbreak of the Civil War. He died in Lavaca County, Texas, on October 27, 1879.

Entry: Whitfield, John Wilkins

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: June 2011

Date Modified: December 2017

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