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Otis, John Grant


Age: 0, credited to Danby, VT
Unit(s): 1st KS CINF
Service: recruited 1st colored regiment in Kansas in 1862 [College: WC, HLS]

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Birth: 02/10/1838, Danby, VT
Death: 02/22/1916

Burial: Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, KS
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Denardo
Findagrave Memorial #: 6280333


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: WC, HLS
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, KS

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John G. Otis

Otis, John Grant, of Topeka, Kan., was born in Danby, Feb. 10, 1838, took an academic course at Burr Seminary, attended one year at Williams College, and one year at Harvard Law School; was admitted to the bar of Rutland county in the spring of 1859; removed to Kansas in May, same year, and located at Topeka, where he has since resided; took an active part in recruiting the first colored regiment of Kansas in 1862; was a member of infantry company in 2nd Regt. of Vols. at the time of Price raid; was an ardent support of Abraham Lincoln; since the war closed has been a most uncompromising Greenbacker and advocate of the new American monetary system in the interest of the industrial classes; for over twenty years has been engaged in dairy business near Topeka; has been a member of the Grange for eighteen years; is also a member of the Farmer's Alliance and Industrial Union; was state agent for the Grange from 1873 to 1875, and the state lecturer from 1889 to 1891; has always supported prohibition and equal suffrage; was elected to the Fifty-second Congress as a People's Party candidate. (Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part III, pp. 116)

OTIS, John Grant, a Representative from Kansas; born near Danby, Rutland County, Vt., February 10, 1838; pursued an academic course at Burr Seminary, Manchester, Vt.; attended Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., and the law department of Harvard University; was admitted to the bar of Rutland County, Vt., in 1859; moved to Topeka, Kans., in May 1859 and commenced the practice of law; assisted in recruiting the first black regiment of Kansas in 1862; paymaster general of the Governor's military staff from February 1863 to 1865, with rank of colonel; engaged in agricultural pursuits and in the dairy business near Topeka; was State agent of the Grange 1873-1875; State lecturer for the Grange 1889-1891; elected as a Populist to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1893); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1892; engaged in his former business pursuits until his death in Topeka, Kans., February 22, 1916; interment in Topeka Cemetery. (Biographical Directory of the United States Congress,