Maurice McAuliffe

MAURICE McAULIFFE, of Salina, has not only fitted himself comfortably and substantially into the agricultural affairs of Kansas as an individual farmer and stock man, but has been one of the leaders in the new agricultural movement and uplift. He is most widely known as one of the fine factors in the organization of the Farmers Union of Kansas, and is now serving his ninth term as president of that vigorous organization. He was also a prominent figure in the Alliance movement. The Farmers Union of Kansas is affiliated with the larger organization known as the National Farmers Union, which fulfills the purposes and exercises an influence in behalf of the farmers similar to that exercised by the United States Chamber of Commerce, for instance, for the industrial interests of America.

Mr. McAuliffe was born on a farm in County Limerick, Ireland, December 24, 1853, is a son of Dennis and Bridget (Fitzgerald) McAuliffe and the youngest of a family of sixteen children.

Mr. McAuliffe came to America in 1871, when he was eighteen years of age, and arrived in Kansas in the fall of the same year. He is one of the pioneers of Saline County, where he located in 1874, and for many years has been a successful farmer and stock raiser. His is one of the best improved farms in Saline County, located three miles east of Salina, where he resides.

Throughout his residence in Saline County Mr. McAuliffe has been actively identified with the public life of the county and is now a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Salina. He has been interested in politics in addition to the larger work in connection with the organization of the Farmers Union of Kansas. Mr. McAuliffe is editor and publisher of the Farmers Union, the official state organ of the organization. This paper is issued weekly at Salina.

Mr. McAuliffe is a member of the Catholic Church. His wife died April 16, 1917. They were the parents of five children, four of whom are still living.


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 1997.
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