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Below is a family biography included in History of Shawnee County, Kansas and Representative Citizens by James L. King, published by Richmond & Arnold, 1905.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Andrew J. Arnold, deceased, at one time postmaster of Topeka, was, for many years engaged in the drug business in this city. He was a man of considerable prominence and his death, which occurred on March 29, 1899, was mourned as a sad loss to the community.

Mr. Arnold was born in Indiana, January 3, 1845, and was one of seven children born to Ephraim and Edith (Perry) Arnold. Of these children, N. B. Arnold, the well-known attorney of Topeka, is the only survivor. The father was a man of prominence in his native State and served for many years in the Indiana State Legislature.

Andrew J. Arnold was reared and educated in his native State. When a young man he enlisted in Company G, Second Reg., Indiana Vol. Cav., and served with distinction in the Union Army throughout the remainder of the Civil War. Upon his return home he located at Bloomington, Indiana, where he attended the State University, graduating therefrom in June, 1868. In April, 1870, he located in Topeka and embarked in the drug business, conducting a store here until his death. During the second administration of President Grover Cleveland, he served as postmaster of Topeka, giving the people faithful and business like service.

On October 21, 1869, Mr. Arnold was united in marriage with Louise Campbell, a daughter of Prof. M. M. Campbell, who for many years was identified with the Indiana State University. She has a brother who is well known as a lawyer in Topeka. Edgar Campbell Arnold, the surviving child of this union, is one of the largest and most progressive druggists of this city and is also a director of the Citizens’ Bank of North Topeka, having succeeded his father as such. The only other child, Edith, died aged 16 months. Mr. Arnold was a member of the Masonic order, the Odd Fellows and the Knights of Honor. Mrs. Arnold and her son reside in a pleasant home at No. 927 North Jackson street, where they are surrounded by many friends.

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This family biography is one of 206 biographies included in History of Shawnee County, Kansas and Representative Citizens by James L. King, published by Richmond & Arnold, 1905.  For the complete description, click here: Shawnee County, Kansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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