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Edward Hogue Funston

Politician. Republican. Born: September 16, 1836 Donnelsville, Ohio. Died:  September 10, 1911. Served in U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd District: March 21, 1884, to March 3, 1893.

The father of General "Fighting" Fred Funston was born at Donnelsville, Clark County, Ohio, on September 16, 1836, married Ann Eliza Mitchell in September 1861, and served throughout the Civil War in the Sixteenth Ohio Battery. He moved his family to Kansas in December 1867 where he established a prosperous, diversified farm just north of Iola. E. H. Funston was an officer in the Kansas State Agricultural Society and the State Board of Agriculture, and served in Kansas House of Representatives (1873-1875) and the state Senate (1881-1885), before winning election to the U.S. Congress in 1884. Although Edward "Fog Horn" Funston did not return to public office after leaving the Congress in 1894 (gave up his seat early, after finally losing the contested 1892 election), he did not fade from the public eye. Funston expressed interest in (and made some effort to obtain) the Republican nomination for governor and congressman from the second district and continued to use his powerful voice to speak out on issues of interest to him and many of his Allen county neighbors until his death on September 10, 1911.

Entry: Funston, Edward Hogue

Author: Kristina Gaylord

Date Created: June 2011

Date Modified: May 2012

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