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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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Ernest B. Conant, one of the prominent members of the bar of Shawnee County, Kansas, who has been a resident of Topeka only since August, 1903, but whose connection with Washburn College has made him many friends among the citizens, was born at Enfield, New Hampshire, and is a son of Washington I. and Anna F. (Skinner) Conant.

The parents of Mr. Conant were both of New England birth and education, the father being a native of New Hampshire and the mother, of Vermont. Enfield is one of the important mill towns of Grafton County, the center of a large manufacturing district, and the father of Mr. Conant was superintendent of one of the great woolen mills there. In 1886 he retired from active life and his death took place in 1902, at Boston, Massachusetts, but his burial was at Enfield.

Ernest B. Conant completed the common-school course in his native State and in September, 1887, he entered Phillips Academy at Exeter, New Hampshire, where he remained four years, completing the course in June, 1891. He then entered Harvard University, where he was graduated in 1895, with the degree of A. B. In the same year he entered the Harvard Law School where he was graduated in law in 1898 and in September of the same year was admitted to the Massachusetts bar.

Mr. Conant entered into the practice of his profession at Boston, where he remained until the end of 1902, when he moved to Chicago, having been appointed one of the professors in the Illinois College of Law. In May of the same year he was elected dean of the law department of Washburn College, and came to Topeka the following August. Since taking up his residence here, he has been engaged in general practice, having become a member of the Shawnee County bar in October, 1904.

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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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