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P. H. Townsend

Politician. Born: 1826, Salisbury, New Hampshire.

Born in Salisbury, New Hampshire (ca. 1826), P.H. Townsend was an unmarried lawyer when he moved to Kansas from Illinois in 1856. He quickly engaged himself in the affairs of his community and the territory, serving, among other things, as secretary of a meeting of Big Springs residents who registered their support for Governor John W. Geary on February 12, 1857, before winning election as a Douglas County delegate to the Wyandotte Convention. Townsend served on the phraseology and arrangements committee and as chair of the electors and elections committee. He submittedthe latter committee's report on July 18, but otherwise he seems to have played a marginal role throughout proceedings.

Entry: Townsend, P. H.

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: June 2011

Date Modified: June 2011

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