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Lorenzo D. Lewelling

Lorenzo LewellingPolitician, governor. Populist. Born: December 21, 1846, Salem, Iowa.  Died: September 3, 1900, Arkansas City, Kansas. Served as 12th Governor of Kansas: January 9, 1893, to January 14, 1895.

The state's first Populist governor (1893-1895), Lorenzo D. Lewelling, was born in Salem, Iowa, on December 21, 1846. He did not move to Kansas until 1887 but quickly became a popular reform speaker. Five years after finishing his single term as governor, Lewelling died in Arkansas City, at age 53.

Entry: Lewelling, Lorenzo D.

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: June 2011

Date Modified: March 2016

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