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Lewis Hanback

Politician. Republican. Born: March 27, 1839, Winchester, Illinois. September 6,1897, Kansas City , Kansas. Served in U.S. House of Representatives, at-large and 6th District: March 4, 1883, to March 3, 1887.

Born in Winchester, Scott County, Illinois, on March 27, 1839, and educated in the common schools and at Cherry Grove Seminary in Knox County, Illinois, Lewis Hanback taught school in Morgan County, Illinois, in 1860 and 1861 and then enlisted as a private; soon he was captain of Co. K, 27th Illinois Volunteer Infantry regiment. After the war, Hanback, who had studied law in Albany, New York, returned to Illinois and from there removed to Topeka, Kansas, in 1865 and was admitted to the bar. He was elected justice of the peace in 1867, probate judge of Shawnee County (1868-1872), and was assistant chief clerk of the state house of representatives and assistant secretary of the state senate in 1877. Hanback served as assistant United States district attorney of Kansas, 1877-1879, and was first elected to one of Kansas's four at-large seats in the U.S. Congress in November 1882; he subsequently was elected to represent the sixth district in 1884 (served, March 4, 1883-March 3, 1887), but was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1886. Thereafter, Hanback resumed his law practice, devoted considerable time to the Grand Army of the Republic and the interests of old veterans, and died in Kansas City (Armourdale), Kansas, September 6, 1897; he was buried in the Topeka Cemetery.

Entry: Hanback, Lewis

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