Pages 876-878, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.


G. H. Lamb


HON. G. H. LAMB, late state senator for the Fourteenth district, comprising the counties of Allen and Woodson, was born in Fountain County, Indiana, February 22, 1858. His father was a Union soldier and fell on the field of battle. Thrown upon his own resources at the tender age of ten


years, Mr. Lamb's early youth was one of penury and toil and hardship. From the beginning, however, he was full of courage and ambition, and however hard he may have worked through the day he nearly always found some time to devote to study in the evening. In this way he fitted himself for the profession of a teacher which he followed for several years in his native state. In 1883 he came to Kansas, locating first in Wilson County where he taught school for a few years, afterwards removing to Toronto, Woodson County, where for three years he was principal of the city schools. In the meantime he had employed his leisure in the study of law to such good purpose that in 1889 he was admitted to the bar and at once entered upon the practice of the profession which he has since followed with most gratifying success. An ardent republican, an eloquent speaker, it was but natural that Senator Lamb should drift into politics. He was the candidate of his party for county attorney in 1892 and was elected, succeeding himself in the same office in 1894. In 1896 he was nominated by acclamation for the office of state senator and was one of the ten Republicans elected to the Kansas senate in that year. In that body he advanced at once to a position of leadership, and although in the minority, wielded a commanding influence during the two sessions of the legislature through which he served. Indeed so good was the record he made that in 1898 his county presented his name as a candidate for congress, and while he failed of the nomination, he came out of the contest one of the recognized leaders of his party in the district and state.

As an evidence of this recognition Senator Lamb was nominated by acclamation as a presidential elector in 1900 and was a potent factor in winning the victory which restored Kansas to the republican column. When the electoral college met he was secretary of the Kansas electors, and thus made out the returns which showed that Kansas had cast her vote for McKinley and Roosevelt.

Senator Lamb is a member of the Masonic, I. O. O. F., Knights of Pyhias, S. K. and L. and A. O. U. W. orders, and while he maintains high standing in all of them, he has been especially honored by the last named having been elected Grand Master Workman at the 1901 session of the Grand lodge.

Mr. Lamb was married at Boswell, Benton County, Indiana, March 6, 1881, to Miss Bessie Shipp, a cultured, educated and accomplished woman, whose sympathy, comfort and active effort have contributed much toward the successful career of her husband. To them have been born four sons and three daughters, all living. Mr. Lamb and his family are active members of the Christian church, and while he has never been regularly engaged in the ministry, yet he often fills the pulpit of the church in a most acceptable manner.

Since 1897 Mr. Lamb has been in partnership with Mr. W. E. Hogueland in the practice of law, and the firm is recognized as one of the strongest in the Seventh judicial district.


A life of achievement such as is here briefly recorded is its own best eulogy. Here in this new western country it is the rule rather than the exception that the men now occupying positions of power and influence have fought their own way up from obscurity and poverty. Senator Lamb's career is therefore not exceptional. But it is on that account none the less honorable and distinguished. To begin the hard battle single-handed while a mere child and to achieve leadership in a learned profession and in a great party before the meridian of life is reached, is a record that any man may well hand down to his children with pride.

Fine physical strength, unquenchable courage and hope, strong intelligence, great decision of character, fluent and forceful oratory, unquestioned integrity, unwearying diligence and pertinacity—these are the qualities that have won friends fortune and fame for G. H. Lamb, and that well entitle him to a place in this history.

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