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Historical Honors Award Recipient

Arthur Capper

1991
Statesman, Publisher, and Benefactor of Handicapped Children
Photo of Recipient

Arthur Capper was an unparalleled publisher and politician in Kansas history.  Born in Garnett, Kansas, in 1865, Capper delivered newspapers in his youth and worked for the local newspaper during high school.  Capper purchased the Topeka Capital in 1901, and over the years owned radio stations and numerous other publications, such as the Capper's Weekly and Kansas Farmer.

Capper was a political leader in Kansas for more than 34 years.  He was elected Governor in 1914, Then served five six-year terms as U. S. Senator.  During his political career, Capper was best known for his formation of the famous "farm block" of legislation during Harding, Coolidge and Hoover administrations, including such areas as exempting agricultural cooperatives from antitrust provisions, and regulating of future trading in grain exchanges.

Capper's career was also marked by his exceptional interest in children, both politically and personally.  He developed the Capper Foundation for Crippled Children, and actively promoted agricultural extension offices and 4-H clubs.

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