Samuel N. Hawkes

SAMUEL N. HAWKES. Assistant attorney-general of Kansas with a residence at Topeka, Samuel N. Hawkes is one of the older members of the Kansas bar, and has been in active practice in various parts of the state for more than thirty years. He came to Kansas with a training and education received at one of the oldest eastern universities, and his career has been one of uninterrupted success and influential participation in the life of his own community and the state.

He was born at Portland, Maine, May 8, 1861, a son of Charles M. and Susan A. (Whitney) Hawkes. His father, who was a wholesale shipper at Portland, up to 1870 and afterwards in the brokerage business there until 1875, moved his family in the latter year to New Haven, Connecticut, in order to educate his children. New Haven was his home the rest of his life.

Reared in Portland, Maine, and New Haven, Connecticut, Samuel N. Hawkes followed his course in the common schools with preparatory work at Hopkins Grammar School in New Haven, and in 1879 was matriculated in Yale University. He graduated B. A. in 1883, and two years later received his law degree LL. B. from the same university.

Shortly after his graduation he came to Kansas, and practiced at Topeka and Lincoln Center until 1887, when he established hie home at Stockton. Mr. Hawkes still maintains an office in Stockton and was in active practice there until January, 1911, when he became assistant attorney-general of the state. For three terms he served as county attorney, and was also city attorney of Stockton.

Politically he is a republican, is a Chapter degree Mason and Modern Woodman of America. He is a member of the Congregational Church and belongs to the Saturday Night Club of Topeka. In 1897 he married Edna Pierce of Stockton. Mrs. Hawkes died October 6, 1909, leaving three children: Helen Pierce, Ruth Augusta and Edna Susanna.


A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918; transcribed October, 1997.
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