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Samuel Hipple

Constitutional Delegate. Born: 1821, Perry County, Pennsylvania. Married: Emiline, 1845. Died: January 21, 1875, Atchison, Kansas. 

Born in Perry County, Pennsylvania (ca. 1821), Samuel Hipple, who worked as railroad contractor, married (ca. 1845) Emiline (Emma) _________, also a native of Pennsylvania; they had at least four children there before removing to Kansas in 1857. The Hipples located on a farm near Monrovia, Atchison County, and he "entered the freighting business, extending his work into New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah and the far West and Southwest. He built the first sawmill in his neighborhood, to which was attached a corn-grinder." Hipple was commissioned a captain and served as assistant quartermaster during the Civil War and was elected in 1866 to a term in the state senate from Monrovia, Atchison County. During the postwar decade, Hipple acquired relatively large real estate holdings and also dealt in livestock, buying and shipping. He died at Atchison, Kansas, on January 21, 1875.

At the Wyandotte Convention, reported the clearly partisan Leavenworth Times, Hipple did "little" and said "less. He is not widely known outside of his vote, which is always strictly partisan, has no influence in the convention worthy of note. He is a cleaver gentleman, who fills worthily a respectable position in a limited sphere of private life, with no particular qualities to fit him for a public career. He shows his wisdom chiefly in keeping his mouth closed and following the lead of his abler colleagues without question or hesitation."

Entry: Hipple, Samuel

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: June 2011

Date Modified: January 2013

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