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John St. John (American politician)

John Pierce St. John (February 25, 1833 – August 31, 1916) was the eighth Governor of Kansas and a candidate for President of the United States in 1884.

John St. John
John St John 1880.jpg
8th Governor of Kansas
In office
January 13, 1879 – January 8, 1883
LieutenantLyman U. Humphrey
David Finney
Preceded byGeorge T. Anthony
Succeeded byGeorge Glick
Personal details
John Pierce St. John

(1833-02-25)February 25, 1833
Brookville, Indiana, U.S.
DiedAugust 31, 1916(1916-08-31) (aged 83)
Olathe, Kansas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Prohibition (1884)
Spouse(s)Mary Brewer
Susan Parker

St. John was born in Brookville, Indiana. He served as lieutenant colonel of the 143rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War. From 1873 he sat in the Kansas Senate,[1] and was the Republican Governor of Kansas from 1879 to 1883. Active in the temperance movement, he successfully promoted a prohibition amendment to that state's constitution. St. John also helped create the Kansas Freedmen's Relief Association during the Great Exodus of African-Americans to Kansas in 1879.

He was the Prohibition Party candidate for President of the United States in the 1884 election. On October 2, 1884 he was nearly shot, with the bullet hitting the window next to him.[2] He received 147,482 votes (about 1.5%) on a ticket with William Daniel. The election was won by Grover Cleveland of the Democratic Party. St. John was also surpassed by two other unsuccessful candidates:

St. John died after suffering heat exhaustion on August 31, 1916 in Olathe, Kansas.

The city of St. John, Kansas, is named after him.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Editorial Notes". Rome, NY Roman Citizen. October 3, 1884. 1 (col 1).

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Party political offices
Preceded by
George T. Anthony
Republican nominee for Governor of Kansas
1878, 1880, 1882
Succeeded by
John Martin
Preceded by
Neal Dow
Prohibition nominee for President of the United States
Succeeded by
Clinton B. Fisk
Political offices
Preceded by
George T. Anthony
Governor of Kansas
Succeeded by
George Glick