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James Hunt Signor

Constitutional Delegate. Born: May 3, 1833, Dannemora, New York. Married: Sarah E., 1867. Died: September 1914, Dannemora, New York.

An unmarried clerk/surveyor who settled in Humbolt, in April 1857, J. H. Signor was born at Dannemora, New York, on May 3, 1833. Upon arrival in the territory, Signor quickly became engaged on the free-state movement and represented Allen County at the constitutional convention. He was appointed to the finance and taxation and the amendments and miscellaneous committees, and was described as "an industrious member and good Republican" who was "universally honored and esteemed," but Signor's involvement in regular sessions of the convention was negligible. With Napoleon B. Blanton and others, Signor founded the town of St. John in Allen County in 1860 and joined Blanton's Fourth Kansas Regiment at the outset of the Civil War. Subsequently, Signor served as a first lieutenant under Captain Blanton in Co. H., Tenth Kansas Volunteer Infantry. Signor mustered out of the service in August 1864 and returned to New York, where he engaged in the manufacture of iron and, among other things, married Sarah E. ______ in 1867. In later years he served as a clerk at the Clinton County prison located in his hometown of Dannemora and died in September 1914.

Entry: Signor, James Hunt

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: June 2011

Date Modified: January 2013

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