It is a quarter of a century since Alvin Lee Wilmoth, the subject of this sketch, became a resident of Kansas. Since 1890 he has been a leading citizen of Concordia, one who has been closely identified with the professional and business interests of the city. The Wilmoths settled in Marshall county, where his father continued to reside until about a year ago, when he removed to Wabaunsee county. Nearly forty years ago Mr. Wilmoth's parents emigrated from Ohio, their native state, to Jasper county, Iowa, where our subject was born in 1857. Their residence in Iowa was brief, however, and they returned to their former Ohio home and later to Kansas, the "Eldorado" of the west. The literary education of Mr. Wilmoth was received in the common schools and in the State Normal School of Warrensburg, Missouri. Following this institution he entered the State University at Lawrence, and after finishing a course in the law department located in Concordia, where he formed an association with the late E.L. Ackley, who was a classmate in the university. The combination was a prosperous one, building up an extended clientage in a comparatively brief time. In 1897 Mr. W.W. Caldwell joined them and the firm became Caldwell, Ackley & Wilmoth, continuing as such until the untimely death of Mr. Ackley in August, 1901, when it became Caldwell & Wilmoth. Mr. Wilmoth is a firm believer in Republican principles and was elected by his party to the office of county attorney in 1894 and again in 1896. He carried Cloud county at a time when the country was ruled by Populists and was the only Republican elected on the ticket, with the exception of Mrs. Brierley, of Glasco. who was elected superintendent of schools. That he was an attorney of ability and integrity and considered so by the people is evidenced by the overwhelmingly large vote he received. He ran ahead of the McKinley electoral ticket in Cloud county in 1896 by over one hundred votes.
Succeeding Mr. Ackley, Mr. Wilmoth served two terms as regent of the State University. For ten years he has been attorney for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. In educational matters he is especially interested and has been a faithful member of the school board for six years.
Mr. Wilmoth was married in 1892 to Miss Emma T. Dunn, a daughter of Dr. D.M. Dunn, now a resident of Minneapolis, Kansas. Dr. Dunn is a pioneer in the state and has been active in many enterprises aside from a professional career. He was located at Colby during the "boom" days of that town and established the well-known and unique sheet, The Thomas County Cat, which was celebrated for its originality. Mrs. Wilmoth is a graduate of the State University and while a student there met her future husband. After her graduation she became a teacher in the university and taught both before and after her marriage to Mr. Wilmoth. To their union two bright little sons have been born, William Alvin and John David, aged six and two years, respectively. Mr. and Mrs. Wilmoth are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Fraternally Mr. Wilmoth is a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge, is a past chancellor and a member of the grand lodge. He is also identified with the Order of Elks.
Having been self-sustaining since a youth and having earned his own way through the university, Mr. Wilmoth adopted early in life the habits of industry and perseverance, which brought their returns in after years, and his influence for good is felt in the advancement of measures for the progression of all worthy promotions. The comforts of a pleasant brick cottaage,[sic] at the foot of West Sixth street, is not the least of Mr. Wilmoth's requitals.
Transcribed from E.F. Hollibaugh's Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas biographies of representative citizens. Illustrated with portraits of prominent people, cuts of homes, stock, etc. [n.p., 1903] 919p. illus., ports. 28 cm.
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