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William Tecumseh Sherman, afterwards Lieutenant General of the United States Army, was a settler in the township in 1859. At the instance of Hon. Thomas Ewing. of Ohio, he undertook the opening and management of a farm of 1,000 acres on Indian Creek, for the benefit of his grand-nephew, Henry Clark, and his grand-niece, Mrs. Walker, who joined him on the farm in the spring of that year. He fenced 100 acres and built a small frame house and a barn. He returned to Leavenworth in the fall of 1859 to resume his law business. Some of the Sherman farm buildings have been preserved as historic landmarks.
The fpllowing will give you a little insight into General Sherman Humor.
A Horse of A Different Color.
From a report of a "Special Correspondent" at Fort Harker, dated July 8, 1867, in the Leavenworth Daily Conseruative, July 10, 1867.
The other day, while Gen. Sherman was on his way up to Harker, and while the train was stopping a Manhattan, Lieutenant Governor Green called upon him and with other gentlemen urged the propriety of the U. S. govermment furnishing the Kansas volunteers with horses to ride. "Why," said the great chief, "all that is necessary in Kansas is, for a man to take a bridle in one hand and a little salt in the other, start out, and he will get a horse most any where. At least I have been led to believe so."
Someone in the party of listeners gathered around very quietly remarked: "That might have done very well in Georgia, General, but it won't work in this country. We hang men here for doing that thing."
William T. Sherman arrived here early In the .spring of 1850, and settled on the S. W. of 4-11-l6. In his in speaking about his partnershlp in the law business at Leavenworth, he says: "Our business continued to grow, but as the income hardly sufficed for three such expensive personages. Iconcluded to look for something more lucrative, and during the spring undertook, for the Hon. Tlios. Ewing, of Oldo. to open a farm on a large tract of land ( 1,lOO ) acres on Indian Creek, forty miles west of Leavenworth, for his benelit of his grand nejihew, HenryClark, and his grand niece, Mrs. Walker. The.se arrived in the spring, by which time I had caused to be erected a small frame house, a barn, and fencing for 100 acres. This helped to pass off time, but afforded little profit." He removed to Lveavenworth in the fall. The readers of this article hardly need to be told that this was the same W. T. Sherman who in after years became General of the United States Armies. The writer, however, remembers him as a Brigadie General imder whom he had the honor to serve in the first Bull Run fight.
How General Sherman became a Kansas lawyer.
Sherman went out to Leavenworth, Kansas, as a partner in a law firm established by two of Thomas Ewing's sons. He was not expected to give more than passing attention to the purely legal business of the firm ; his duties were to be in the line of collections and such details as his banking experience had qualified him for more eminently. Yet it was expedient that Sherman should take out a "license as a lawyer. "What examination must I submit to ? " he inquired of Judge Lecompte. "None at all," replied his' honor ; "I will admit you on the ground of general intelligence ! " Thus Sherman became a member of the bar.