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Thorp, Simeon M.

Simeon M. Thorp, son of Montgomery Thorp, an early settler was born in the Town of Granger, Allegany County, NY.  He was appointed by Governor Charles Robinson of Lawrence, Kansas, as Superintendent of Public Instruction to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Superintendent William Riley Griffith of Marmaton.  The tern ended January 1863.  Mr. Thorp's published report for 1862 contains the reports received from twenty county superintendents, showing that 304 school districts had been organized, that there were 14,976 school children, and that the school taxes amounted to $19,289.  The text books recommended were McGuffey's readers, Cornell's geographies, Ray's arithmetic and Pinneo's grammar.

Mr. Thorp was killed at the Lawrence massacre----Quantrill's Raid----August 21, 1863.  At the time of his death he was State Senator for Douglas County.

 

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