John B. Kendrick
John B. Kendrick
United States Senator
March 4, 1917 – November 3, 1933
|Preceded by||Clarence D. Clark|
|Succeeded by||Joseph C. O'Mahoney|
|9th Governor of Wyoming|
January 4, 1915 – February 26, 1917
|Preceded by||Joseph M. Carey|
|Succeeded by||Frank L. Houx|
|Member of the Wyoming State Senate|
|Succeeded by||Theodore C. Diers|
John Benjamin Kendrick
September 6, 1857
Rusk, Texas, U.S.
|Died||November 3, 1933 (aged 76)|
Sheridan, Wyoming, U.S.
|Father||John Harvey Kendrick|
John Benjamin Kendrick (September 6, 1857 – November 3, 1933) was an American politician and cattleman who served as a United States Senator from Wyoming and as the ninth Governor of Wyoming as a Democrat.
John Benjamin Kendrick was born near Rusk, Texas to John Harvey Kendrick and Anna Maye on September 6, 1857. He grew up on his family's ranch and attended a public school in Florence, Texas until the seventh grade. In March, 1879 he was employed by Chalres W. Wulfjen to move cattle from Texas to Wyoming. He arrived in the Wyoming Territory in August, 1879 and settled on a ranch near Sheridan, where he raised cattle as a cowboy, ranch foreman, and later cattle company owner. In 1883 he returned to Texas and bought a cattle herd to establish his ranch in Wyoming. He married Eula Wulfjen on January 20, 1891.
Kendrick worked as foreman for his father-in-law's cattle company from 1879 until 1883. He was employed by and invested into the Lance Creek Cattle Company and the Converse Cattle Company which he later became owner of in 1897. Kendrick became president of the First National Bank of Sheridan in 1900 and served until 1902.
In 1909 he moved to Sheridan and was elected President of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association. He was a member of the Wyoming State Senate from 1910 to 1914. In 1911 he was given the Democratic Senate nomination by acclamation by other Democratic members of the legislature, but was defeated by incumbent Senator Clarence D. Clark. He was given the nomination again in 1912, but was also defeated by Senator Francis E. Warren. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Wyoming in 1916 and 1924.
He then served as Governor of Wyoming from 1915 until he resigned in 1917, having been elected as a Democratic candidate to the United States Senate in 1916. Kendrick was reelected to the Senate in 1922 and 1928 and served from March 4, 1917, until his death at Sheridan, Wyoming, in 1933. In 1932 he received an honorary law degree from the University of Wyoming.
|The Kendrick Cabinet|
|Governor||John B. Kendrick||1915-1917|
|Secretary of State||Frank L. Houx||1915-1917|
|State Auditor||Robert B. Forsyth||1915-1917|
|State Treasurer||Herman B. Gates||1915-1917|
|Superintendent of Public Instruction||Edith K. O. Clark||1915-1917|
He was credited with beginning the investigations into the Teapot Dome scandal, a bribery incident that took place from 1922 until 1923, and was considered as a candidate in the 1924 and 1928 presidential elections. During the 1924 presidential election Wyoming's six Democratic delegates were instructed to vote for Kendrick at the national convention and did so for the first three ballots. During the 1928 presidential election he was speculated as a possible vice presidential nominee, but the nomination was later given to Senator Minority Leader Joseph Taylor Robinson at the convention.
He served as chairman of the Committee on Canadian Relations (Sixty-fifth Congress) and member of the Committee on Public Lands and Surveys (Seventy-third Congress). He introduced legislation that helped create the Grand Teton National Park in northwestern Wyoming.
On November 2, 1933 Kendrick fell into a coma and was initially diagnosed with a cerebral hemorrhage, but they later determined that he suffered a uremia and died the next day. Governor Edwin C. Johnson praised him for his service as senator and Kendrick was interred in Mount Hope Cemetery in Sheridan, Wyoming. First Assistant Postmaster General Joseph C. O'Mahoney was appointed by Governor Leslie A. Miller to fill the vacancy created by Kendrick's death and won the Senate special election to fill out the rest of Kendrick's term in 1934.
- Georgen, Cynde. In the shadow of the Bighorns: A history of early Sheridan and the Goose Creek valley of northern Wyoming. Sheridan, Wyoming: Sheridan County Historical Society, 2010. ISBN 978-0-9792871-7-6
- Georgen, Cynde A. One cowboy's dream: John B. Kendrick, his family, home, and ranching empire. 2nd edition, revised. Virginia Beach, Virginia: The Donning Company Publishers, 2004. ISBN 1-57864-239-6
- "John B. Kendrick, Wyoming Senator, Dies Aged 76". Hartford Courant. 4 November 1933. p. 4. Archived from the original on 15 January 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- Peterson, p. 5.
- "Death Claims Wyoming Senior Senator Friday". The Billings Gazette. 4 November 1933. p. 2. Archived from the original on 15 January 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "John Benjamin Kendrick (1857-1933)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
- "Death Claims Wyoming Senior Senator Friday". The Boston Globe. May 18, 1922. p. 76. Archived from the original on January 17, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Clark Returns to Washington". Natrona County Tribune. 11 February 1911. p. 2. Archived from the original on 15 January 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Senator F. E. Warren Wins". Natrona County Tribune. 21 November 1912. p. 2. Archived from the original on 15 January 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Sen. John Kendrick". Govtrack.us. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
- "Wyoming Governor John Benjamin Kendrick". National Governors Association. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
- "Wyoming First West State To Offer 'Timber'". Great Falls Tribune. May 13, 1924. p. 1. Archived from the original on January 17, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Consider Naming Kendrick for Vice President". The Pittsburgh Press. June 23, 1928. p. 13. Archived from the original on January 17, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "KENDRICK, John Benjamin, (1857 - 1933)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
- "Kendrick Dies; Rose to Senate From a Saddle". The Times Dispatch. 4 November 1933. p. 1. Archived from the original on 15 January 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Gov. Johnson of Colorado Praises Late Statesman". Casper Star-Tribune. 5 November 1933. p. 2. Archived from the original on 15 January 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "State Of Coma Grips Veteran U.S. Senator". Casper Star-Tribune. 2 November 1933. p. 1. Archived from the original on 14 January 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Miller Names O'Mahoney To Seat In Senate". Jackson's Hole Courier. 16 November 1933. p. 1. Archived from the original on 14 January 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "John Benjamin Kendrick". NNDB. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
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- Bartlett, Ichabod S. (1918). History of Wyoming. Chicago, IL, The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company. History of Wyoming
- Peterson, C.S. (1915). Men of Wyoming. Denver, CO, C.S. Peterson Publisher. Men of Wyoming: The National Newspaper Reference Book of Wyoming Containing Photographs and Biographies of Over Three Hundred Men Residents
- Trail End State Historic Site (Kendrick Mansion)
- John Benjamin Kendrick at Find a Grave
- The Political Graveyard: John Benjamin Kendrick (1857-1933)
- Govtrack.us: Sen. John Kendrick
- National Governors Association
Joseph M. Carey
| Governor of Wyoming
January 4, 1915 – February 26, 1917
Frank L. Houx
Clarence D. Clark
| U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Wyoming
Joseph C. O'Mahoney