Nathan P. Cunningham, has been a resident of Harper county, Kansas, for twenty-five years. He is a native of Ohio, born at Mason, June 26, 1856, and is a son of Richard H. and Lydia (Cox) Cunningham. The father was a native of Massachusetts, born at Richmond, that State, in 1821, of New York parents. Richard Cunningham came west to Ohio, at an early day, and when the Civil war broke out, enlisted in the Sixty-ninth Regiment, Ohio infantry, and served as lieutenant for four years and three months, most of which time he acted as adjutant of his regiment. He took part in many important engagements, but was never seriously wounded. He was one of the few veterans of the Civil war, who refused to accept a pension, although legally entitled to it. At the close of the war, he engaged in the practice of the law at Mason, Ohio, and was a prominent lawyer in that section until 1886, when he retired and returned to his old home at Richmond, Mass., where he died suddenly, December 9, of that year, in the same house in which he was born. He was a prominent Mason, a member of the Presbyterian church, and a life long Republican. His wife, Lydia Cox, was a native of Ohio, and they were the parents of six children: Theodore; Catherine H., deceased; R. M.; Nathan P., the subject of this sketch; Sarah, deceased, and Mary. Nathan P. Cunningham was reared to manhood in Ohio, and educated in the public schools, and in 1889 came to Kansas, locating in Harper county. He bought a farm in Pilot Knob township, where he has since engaged in farming and stock raising in which he has been successful and prospered. He has one of the best improved farms in that section, and is now practically retired, his son, Richard, managing the farm. Mr. Cunningham was united in marriage December 18, 1886, to Miss Laura J. Cox, a native of Mason, Ohio, born in 1859. She is a daughter of R. M. and Charlotte (Bowyer) Cox, of Mason, Ohio, both natives of Ohio. To Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham have been born two children: Mary Charlotte, born December 20, 1888, married Raymond Drosser, and Richard Hamilton, born October 22, 1894, now operating the home place. Mr. Cunningham is one of the influential citizens of Harper county, and has ever been ready to lend his assistance to any worthy enterprise. The family are members of the Presbyterian church, and prominent in the community.Page 224 from a supplemental volume of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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