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“I Take Up My Pen”: Territory of Arizona, 1901

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 31, 2014

Plenty of Mormons listed on this letterhead —





  1. I suspect that the legislative districts were approximately equal in population, although the 1901 legislature likely had not been re-apportioned since the 1900 census, so population changes in at least 10 years wouldn’t have been reflected. Still, it’s interesting that Safford and Thatcher are the homes of two legislators, the same as Phoenix. And Tucson was home to three.

    I would guess that there were at least three Mormons in the legislature that year (based on their names and hometowns)? Richard Gibbons of St. Johns, Andrew Kimball of Thatcher (Pres. Kimball’s father) and Chas. Peterson of Mesa.

    Comment by Mark B. — January 31, 2014 @ 11:36 am

  2. Interesting. Many of those are mining districts.

    One of my family members served as clerk in the legislature at the time the territory became a state, but unfortunately he didn’t leave any stories about his service. Those were the old frontier days of the state the Wild West, and all that.

    Comment by Amy T — January 31, 2014 @ 1:41 pm