1870's Judge W.R. or William Ross Wagstaff CDV Photo, Paola, Kansas
#861 Wagstaff Genealogy:
On reverse: "WR Wagstaff of Kansas. Founder of Paola Town Company, Candidate for Governor of Kansas, 1862. Paola is in Miami County" is handwritten in pencil by us, just as we copied from the sticker the antique dealer had on this item when found in the year 2012. It was found in Costa Mesa, Orange County, California. Engravings of Judge Wagstaff can be found in Kansas historical searches. He was a candidate for Governor of Kansas during the Civil War, in 1862, and is well documented online. Photo type: CDV or Carte de Visite Photograph, circa 1870s. Photographer: W.S Howard, Paola, Miami County, Kansas, Artistic Photographer. (known to be photographer Wesley Samuel Howard, 1850-1924 born in Smith Mills, Hanover, Chautauqua County, New York. He went west from Kansas to Jackson County, Oregon, and died there in 1924)
Found in Public Genealogy Records:
Judge William Ross Wagstaff Judge 1823–1894 born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to
James Wagstaff and Eve Ross Wagstaff. He died in Paola, Miami County, Kansas. Attorney, Lawyer, Judge, Politician.
His wife: Mary Jane Redfield 1824–1907, born in Onondaga, New York and died in New York City, New York, NY. Her 1st husband was Col. Harry Torrey 1808–1869. They came as a family to Paola in 1857.
Her 3 children:
Harry Torrey 1849–1855 died age 6
Flora L Torrey Wagstaff 1853–1919 an attorney, admitted to the bar in 1881.
Lillie Augusta Torrey Wagstaff 1864–1926
Her 2nd husband:
Judge William Ross Wagstaff 1823–1894.
He was step father to Flora and Lillie above.
History of the State of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published in 1883 by A.T. Andreas, Chicago, Illinois. Miami County, Part 8: "JUDGE WILLIAM R. WAGSTAFF, Judge of the 10th tenth Judicial District of Kansas. The subject of this sketch was born in Allegheny County, Pa., July 18, 1823, son of James and Eva (Ross) Wagstaff. His forefathers were soldiers of the Revolutionary War and of the War of 1812. He went with his parents to Southeastern Ohio, received his primary education in the common schools and subsequently took a four-years course in the Muskingum College, New Concord, Pa. He studied law at Cambridge, Ohio, in the office of Rennon & White, and was admitted to practice in 1849 at Wooster, Wayne County, at a session of the supreme court of Ohio. He at once entered upon the practice of his profession as a full partner of his former preceptor, Mr. J.M. White. He continued this connection one year, when he purchased the Guernsey Jeffersonian a Democratic paper, which he conducted with marked success, two years. He then sold out and resumed the practice of his profession in company with Mr. Mathew Gaston at Cambridge. He continued this connection until 1857, when he sold out and immigrated to Kansas, then a sparsely settled territory where people were agitated and turbulent over the question of the extension or non-extension of slavery into the Territories. He arrived here in January, 1857, and spent the first year in travel throughout the Territory. He located near Paola in the spring of 1858, where he started a saw-mill and purchased considerable property. He opened a law office in Paola and entered upon the practice of his profession. He was appointed General Agent for the town site of Paola. He formed a law partnership with Mr. B.F. Simpson, which continued until 1861, and was then dissolved by Mr. Simpson entering the army. He was elected, on the Democratic ticket in 1859, a member of the Territorial Legislature, representing the counties of Linn and Miami, defeating the celebrated James Montgomery for that office., although the balance of the Democratic tickets was defeated by about 880 votes. He served on important committees, and took a prominent part in the business of the session. He was re-elected in 1861, without opposition, to represent Linn, Miami and Bourbon counties. He was one of the Board of Managers on the impeachment of State officers, and made the opening argument on the final trial of the Secretary of State. In 1862, he was a candidate for Governor on the anti-Lane ticket, but was defeated by Thomas Carney, the Republican nominee. He has been chosen, at different times, the Democratic candidate for Associate Judge, and for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. During the war, he was Aid-de-Camp on the staff of Gov. Robinson, and under his authority organized a force in defense of Kansas, and served from the beginning til the winter of 1864. He was one of the original corporators of the Mo. R., Ft. S. & G. R.R. and for five years was a prominent director of its management; during the two year s its regular attorney. In 1881, he was elected Judge of the Tenth Judicial District, defeating Judge Stevens, the regular Republican nominee and is the first Democrat elected a Judge of the District Courts of Kansas. Garfield's majority in the district was 7,000. Judge Wagstaff carried it by 112, having a name endorsement in Miami County of 700. He is a Mason of forty years standing. Has been master of Paola Lodge No. 37 ten years and is a R.A.M. (Royal Arch Mason)"
Newspaper: February 22, 1894, The Wyandott Herald from Kansas City, Kansas · Page 1, Volume XXIII. JUDGE WAGSTAFF IS DEAD: "Hon. William Ross Wagstaff died at his home near Paola on Wednesday morning, February 14th, 1894. Judge Wagstaff was born in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, July 18th, 1823. He came to Kansas in 1857 and settled in Lykins now Miami county and made his home there until the time of his death, taking an active part in the public affairs of both county and state. His career was an eventful one from the time of his arrival in the territory up to the commencement of his late illness which lasted for more than a year. Asa lawyer, Judge of this Judicial district, and a Representative of his county in the Legislature he discharged the duties devolving upon him with faithfulness and ability and to the satisfaction of, the public In 1862 he was a candidate for Governor but was defeated by Thomas Carney, of Leavenworth. In 1877 .he was the Democratic nominee for Justice of the Supreme Court. He was a man of strong, physical powers with an iron will but kind-hearted and generous. He did much toward moulding public opinion and was always ready to stand up for justice and right."
This is a beautiful and rare photo. His burial location is unknown. There is a Wagstaff, Kansas in Miami County, Kansas and we assumed it is named after Judge Wagstaff. It was found in Costa Mesa, Orange County, California.
Size: 2.5 x 4 inches
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