KELSO, John Russell

1831–1891

Biography

KELSO, John Russell, a Representative from Missouri; born near Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, March 23, 1831; received a classical training and was graduated from Pleasant Ridge College, Missouri, in June 1859; during the Civil War served in the Union Army as a member of the Twenty-fourth Missouri Infantry, the Fourteenth Missouri Cavalry, and the Eighth Missouri Cavalry, and was captain of Company M; elected as an Independent Republican to the Thirty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1867); was not a candidate for renomination in 1866; principal of Kelso Academy, Springfield, Mo., 1867-1869; moved to Modesto, Calif., in 1872 and to Longmont, Colo., in July 1885; author and lecturer; died in Longmont, Boulder County, Colo., January 26, 1891; interment on his estate near Longmont; subsequently the remains were cremated and the ashes scattered.

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External Research Collections

Huntington Library
Manuscript Department

San Marino, CA
Papers: 1873-1882, 800 pages. Collected works of John R. Kelso written for his beloved son, John R. Kelso, Junior and for his posterity. The works include political speeches, lectures, addresses, poetry, and an autobiography.
Papers: 1882, 133 pages. An autobiography of John Russell Kelso spanning from the early 1840s until 1863. The autobiography deals with the Kelso family history, accounts of the life in the frontiers, the author's religious experience, and the Methodist Church, teachers and schools in the pre-Civil War Missouri. The largest portion of the autobiography deals with various aspects of the Civil War in Missouri, including the Home Guards, recruiting, operations against bushwhackers, scouting, camp life, civilians, battles and campaigns of 1861-1863.
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