Transcribed from volume III, part 2 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 December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.


Samuel Dodsworth, deceased, was born in New York City, March 16, 1846, and at a very early age came to Kansas with his parents. His father, John Dodsworth, established the first book bindery in the State of Kansas, and when Samuel was a boy of only sixteen his father died, and upon him fell the responsibility of carrying on the business. He had learned the blank book trade from his father, and with the assistance of his mother, was able to assume the responsibilities of the business, and not only successfully fill the contracts his father had made, but solicited more, and by strict attention to the work turned out, industry and good management during those struggling first years of statehood, he succeeded in building up a good business. There were few schools during the territorial period and the struggle for existence was so severe that Mr. Dodsworth's education was limited, but being always surrounded by the best books, came to love them, and read widely—being especially fond of history—thus by his own unaided efforts, and in the great school of the world, he gained a knowledge of men and human nature that was invaluable. He became broad-minded and as well educated as any college could have made him. In 1881 he incorporated the business, and on Nov. 9 of that year papers of incorporation were issued under the name of the "Samuel Dodsworth Book Company."

Mr. Dodsworth was a member of the Methodist church, and for many years an active worker in the Sabbath school. In 1872 he married Annie Few, the daughter of Dr. Samuel F. Few, of Leavenworth, a pioneer settler of that city. Five children were born to them. Mr. Dodsworth was regarded by his associates as one of the most prosperous and progressive business men of Leavenworth. In 1875 he was elected to the city council and in 1880-81 was a member of the board of education. In 1882 he removed with his family to Chicago, where he engaged in business, but retained his interests in Leavenworth. On his return to that city he was again chosen a member of the city council and in 1893 was elected mayor of the city on the Republican ticket. He was urged to run a second time, but declined, in order to devote his entire time to his business. Mr. Dodsworth died at St. Louis, Mo., June 10, 1896.

Page 1219 from volume III, part 2 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 December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.

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