Clement L. Wilson, of Tribune, Kan., the present representative from Greeley county to the state legislature, was born April 24, 1874, on a farm in Nemaha county, Nebraska. He is a son of Anthony P. and Mary E. (Boldon) Wilson, the former born in Wisconsin, June 23, 1846. Anthony P. Wilson spent his active career in the practice of law, principally in Nebraska, where he removed in 1867. From there he came to Kansas, in 1899, and now lives retired in Topeka. During the Civil war he served in Company I, Thirty-third Wisconsin infantry, which formed a part of the Army of the Tennessee and participated at the siege of Vicksburg, where it took a position close to the works and was under constant fire until the surrender. Its whole service was marked for activity and gallantry. Anthony P. Wilson is a Democrat in his political views. On July 4, 1871, he married Miss Mary E., a daughter of Asher Boldon of Alden, Iowa, but who was born in Indian, Nov. 13, 1851. The paternal grandfather and grandmother of Clement L. Wilson were natives respectively of Germany and Wales. Anthony P. and Mary E. Wilson are the parents of nine children: Clement L. is the eldest; Anthony P., Jr., born June 26, 1875, is a lawyer in Topeka; Myrtle I., born Nov. 4, 1876, died in infancy; Chalkley A., born Oct. 16, 1880, is a lawyer and banker at Akron, Col.; Asher B., born April 7, 1882, also is a lawyer and banker at Akron, Col. Mary E., born Dec. 8, 1883, is the wife of C. E. Clark, a farmer at Seibert, Col.; Maud G., born Nov. 1, 1886, is the wife of H. G. Christler, a contractor at Topeka, Kan. Roy R., born Jan. 20, 1889, is a merchant in Topeka; and a son died in infancy.
Clement L. Wilson received his education in the public schools of Johnson, Neb., and at the Lincoln Normal and Lincoln Business College, Lincoln, Neb. He was prepared for the legal profession at the University of Nebraska, where he graduated in the law department with the class of 1897. On June 10, 1897, he was appointed postmaster at Johnson, Neb., where he edited the "Johnson Citizen" two years, and was admitted to the bar on the same date. In 1901 he removed to Colby, Kan., where he practiced law until October, 1905, when he removed to Tribune, Kan. There, besides his law practice, he is also engaged in the real estate and abstract business and has enjoyed excellent success. In 1907 he was elected mayor of Tribune and in 1909 was reëlected to that office. He is a Republican in his political adherency and, in 1910, was elected to represent Greeley county in the state legislature. He is the author of the bill requiring corporations to pay employees when discharged, also of the one regulating the establishment of telegraph offices, and he is the author of the amendment establishing an experiment station at Tribune, in connection with the State Agricultural College. A young man of energy and excellent qualifications, he is a worthy representative of the younger generation in Kansas, who, with zeal and ambition, are ably assuming the burdens carried by other shoulders during the first half century of this state, and with the same loyal spirit are laboring for even a more brilliant record for its future. Mr. Wilson is very prominently affiliated with a number of fraternal orders, being a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason, a Knight Templar Mason, and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
In October, 1901, Mr. Wilson was united in marriage with Miss Martha Byerly, of Franklin, Neb., daughter of Dr. W. H. Byerly and wife, natives of Virginia. Mrs. Wilson was born April 16, 1879, is a college graduate, and was a teacher a number of years. They have two children: Lucile, born Feb. 24, 1905; and Bernice, born Dec. 8, 1906.Pages 91-92 from volume III, part 1 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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