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John Grant Otis (February 10, 1838 – February 22, 1916) was a U.S. Representative from Kansas.

John G. Otis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893
Preceded byHarrison Kelley
Succeeded byCharles Curtis
Personal details
Born(1838-02-10)February 10, 1838
Danby, Vermont
DiedFebruary 22, 1916(1916-02-22) (aged 78)
Topeka, Kansas
Political partyPopulist

Born near Danby, Vermont, he was a descendant of the Otis family counted among the Boston Brahmin families. He pursued an academic course at Burr Seminary in Manchester, Vermont. He attended Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, and the law department of Harvard University. He was admitted to the bar of Rutland County, Vermont in 1859. He moved to Topeka, Kansas, in May 1859 and commenced the practice of law. He assisted in the recruitment of the first black regiment of Kansas in 1862. He was paymaster general of the Governor's military staff from February 1863 to 1865, with rank of colonel. He engaged in agricultural pursuits and in the dairy business near Topeka. He was State agent of the Grange from 1873 to 1875. He was state lecturer for the Grange from 1889 to 1891.

Otis was elected as a Populist to the 52nd United States Congress (March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1892. He then engaged in his former business pursuits until his death in Topeka on February 22, 1916. He was interred in Topeka Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "John G. Otis (id: O000129)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Harrison Kelley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1891 - March 3, 1893
Succeeded by
Charles Curtis