John P. St. John
Politician, governor. Prohibition Party. Born: February 25, 1833, Brooksville, Indiana. Died: August 31, 1916, Olathe Kansas. Served as 8th Governor of Kansas: January 13, 1879, to January 8, 1883.
John P. St. John was born at Brooksville, Indiana, in 1833. Soon after moving to Kansas in 1869 he became involved in the crusade to rid the state of liquor and was elected governor on a prohibitionist platform in 1878. During his administration, voters approved an amendment making Kansas a "dry" state. St. John transferred his efforts to the national stage in 1884 when he ran for president as the candidate of the national Prohibition Party. The former governor died at his Olathe home on August 31, 1916. The community of St. John, Kansas, in Stafford County is named for him.
A number of primary sources related to St. John are available on Kansas Memory.
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Date Created: June 2011
Date Modified: February 2014
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