John St. John (American politician)

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John St. John
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John St. John
8th Governor of Kansas
In office
January 13, 1879 – January 8, 1883
Lieutenant Lyman U. Humphrey
David W. Finney
Preceded by George T. Anthony
Succeeded by George W. Glick
Member of the Kansas Senate
In office
Personal details
Born John Pierce St. John
(1833-02-25)February 25, 1833
Franklin County, Indiana
Died August 31, 1916(1916-08-31) (aged 83)
Olathe, Kansas
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Jane Brewer, Susan J. Parker
Profession soldier, attorney, politician

John Pierce St. John (February 25, 1833 – August 31, 1916) was the eighth Governor of Kansas and a candidate for President of the United States in 1884.

St. John was born in Brookville, Indiana. He served as lieutenant colonel of the 143rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War. From 1873 he sat in the Kansas Senate,[1] and was the Republican Governor of Kansas from 1879 to 1883. Active in the temperance movement, he successfully promoted a prohibition amendment to that state's constitution. St. John also helped create the Kansas Freedmen's Relief Association during the Great Exodus of African-Americans to Kansas in 1879.

He was the Prohibition Party candidate for President of the United States in the 1884 election. On October 2, 1884 he was nearly shot, with the bullet hitting the window next to him.[2] He received 147,482 votes (about 1.5%) on a ticket with William Daniel. The election was won by Grover Cleveland of the Democratic Party. St. John was also surpassed by two other unsuccessful candidates:

St. John died after suffering heat exhaustion on August 31, 1916 in Olathe, Kansas.

The city of St. John, Kansas, is named after him.

See also


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  2. ^ "Editorial Notes". Rome, NY Roman Citizen. October 3, 1884. 1 (col 1). 

External links

  • "John St. John". Find a Grave. Retrieved February 15, 2008. 
Political offices
Preceded by
George T. Anthony
Governor of Kansas
Succeeded by
George W. Glick
Party political offices
Preceded by
Neal Dow
Prohibition Party presidential nominee
1884 (lost)
Succeeded by
Clinton B. Fisk
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