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Name Furnas, Robert Wilkinson, 1824-1905
Born 05/05/1824
Birthplace Troy, Ohio
Notes Robert W. Furnas was one of the early territorial pioneers who
came to Nebraska from Ohio, arriving April 6, 1856. Shortly after arriving he began the publication of the Brownville
Nebraska Advertiser, one of the most influential early newspapers. He continued as editor and publisher until 1867.

Formerly a Whig, Furnas joined the newly formed Republican
Party. He was particularly active in political affairs, and served four terms in the territorial Legislature. During the Civil War he was a colonel in the Army, commanding three regiments of Indian troops in Indian Territory. He resigned his command and returned to Nebraska to organize the Second Nebraska
Cavalry which saw service against the Sioux on the western frontier.

After his regiment was mustered out, Furnas was appointed agent of the Omaha Indian Agency and held that position from 1864-1868.

Furnas’ one term as governor was not particularly successful,
and feeling that he didn’t have a chance at re-election, he withdrew from active participation in politics at the end of his term, spending the rest of his life in the nursery business and as a proponent of better agricultural methods in Nebraska.

He was instrumental in creating the State Board of Agriculture
and served as its first president and later as its secretary for
approximately two decades. The latter position consisted almost entirely of planning and arranging for the Nebraska State Fair held annually in September. In addition, he served as a commissioner to several national and international expositions. he was an active participant in several agricultural, horticultural and other related organizations and served as president of the International Fairs and
Expositions and the American Fair Association. Furnas was one of the organizers of the Nebraska State Historical Society and for many years served as its president.

Robert W. Furnas is the author of numerous agricultural
pamphlets, several articles in Proceedings and Collections of the Nebraska State Historical Society and editor of
Arbor Day.

Furnas and Mary Elizabeth McComas were married on October 29, 1845. They became the parents of eight children. Mrs. Furnas died on April 1, 1897. He then married Susannah Emswiler Jameson on December 25, 1899.
Occupation Governor of Nebraska (1873–1875)
Spouse McComas, Mary Elizabeth, Jameson, Susannah Emswiler
Children Furnas, William Edward, 1846-1862
Furnas, Fillmore Taylor, 1848-1864
Lowman, Celia Hensley (Furnas), 1860-1940
Furnas, Robert, 1862-1864
Deceased 06/01/1905

Associated Records

Image of RG0816.AM - RG0816 Brownville Creamery Company (Brownville, Neb.)

RG0816.AM - RG0816 Brownville Creamery Company (Brownville, Neb.)

This collection is comprised of one item; a notebook containing the names of stockholders, along with how many shares they owned, of the Brownville Creamery Company, Brownville, Nebraska, 1883-1884.

Image of RG0817.AM - RG0817 Brownville, Ft. Kearney and Pacific Railroad Company

RG0817.AM - RG0817 Brownville, Ft. Kearney and Pacific Railroad Company

The collection contains a handwritten copy of the articles of incorporation for the Brownville, Ft. Kearney and Pacific Railroad Company, 1867. Included are two printed statements relating to the development of the railroad around 1867-1871 through Nemaha, Johnson, and Gage Counties, Nebraska. These provide information on the route and how construction will be paid. One booklet contains a foldout map of the railroad's route.

Image of RG0819.AM - RG0819 Brownville Literary Circle (Brownville, Neb.)

RG0819.AM - RG0819 Brownville Literary Circle (Brownville, Neb.)

The collection consists of one item, the record book of meetings of the Brownville Literary Circle, Brownville, Nebraska, October 5, 1880-May 17, 1881. The handwritten volume includes the constitution, bylaws, and the weekly minutes. Given are names of the officers, members' names, and the programs of readings that were given at each meeting.

Image of RG0866.AM - RG0866 Colby, Leonard Wright, 1846-1924

RG0866.AM - RG0866 Colby, Leonard Wright, 1846-1924

This collection contains correspondence, 1889-1941, primarily to Leonard Colby. Letters seek favors, employment, and letters of reference. There is also material on Colby's life, particularly his years in the military and as a Nebraska State Senator. A story about Colby purchasing a horse from U.S. Grant is included.

Image of RG1013.AM - RG1013 Morton, Julius Sterling, 1832-1902

RG1013.AM - RG1013 Morton, Julius Sterling, 1832-1902

This collection consists of original papers, microfilm, and oversized scrapbooks relating to the life and activities of Julius Sterling Morton, including materials relating to his early education; family history; political, agricultural and business activities; and to his writing, research, and publishing career. Also present are papers relating to Arbor Lodge and Arbor Day. The collection is arranged in two Subgroups comprising a total of twenty-one Series: SUBGROUP 1: MICROFILMED RECORDS SERIES 1: Incoming Correspondence, 1849-1902 SERIES 2: Incoming and Outgoing Correspondence, 1850-1902 SERIES 3: Outgoing Correspondence, Bound Letterpress books, 1874-1902 SERIES 4: Farm

Image of RG1074.AM - RG1074 Woods, William Henry, 1839-1927

RG1074.AM - RG1074 Woods, William Henry, 1839-1927

This collection consists of ten manuscript boxes of material consisting mainly of information accumulated by William Henry Woods for his newspaper column, "Pioneer Days." Also included are various materials relating to people and events around Washington County. There is a great deal of information in letters and clippings concerned with the history and location of Fort Atkinson. Correspondents include: Jacob Adriance, 1919; Robert J. Burdette, 1902, 1905, 1913; Lorenzo Crounse, 1906; Eugene Fontanelle, 1915, 1918-1919; Robert W. Furnas, 1902; John Goss, 1905-1906, 1909; Gilbert M. Hitchcock, 1903, 1910-1911; Robert R. Latta, 1919; Charles S. Lobingier, 1902-1905; Nellie Magee, 1913; Sam

Image of RG2642.AM - RG2642 Abbott, Luther Jewett, 1831-1900

RG2642.AM - RG2642 Abbott, Luther Jewett, 1831-1900

This collection of the papers of Dr. Luther Jewett Abbott, contained in one box, is arranged in five series: 1) Correspondence, 1861-1895; 2) Legislative Papers, 1867; 3) Clippings, 1867-1896; 4) Miscellany, 1850-1889; and 5) Abbott Family Material, 1890-1940. The collection includes a file of correspondence containing letters from Dr. Abbott's parents as well as one letter from Robert W. Furnas, October 23, 1870. In Series 2 are petitions sent by citizens of Washington County, Nebraska, to the Territorial Legislature in 1867 regarding a proposal by Dodge County to annex the western portion of Washington County. There are also sets of speeches made by Abbott as a State Legislator in 1867.

Image of 13000-3093 - Card; NE State Fair Races, 1890, Shaped Like Jockey Cap

13000-3093 - Card; NE State Fair Races, 1890, Shaped Like Jockey Cap

Advertising card from the Nebraska State Fair Races, 1890. It is shaped like jockey cap. Advertising Purse/Track/Entries to State Fair Horse Races. Lists Robert Furnas as the Secretary. Image: jockey cap, two horses with jockeys COLORS: turquoise, white, brown, off-white

Image of 13000-3319 - Ticket, Nebraska State Fair and Exposition, 1892

13000-3319 - Ticket, Nebraska State Fair and Exposition, 1892

A ticket for the 1892 Nebraska State Fair and Exposition. It was located in Lincoln, NE on Sept. 2-9, 1892. The Secretary of Agriculture is stated as Robert W. Furnas. Colors: light brown

Image of 238 [dup2] - Poster, 1850s, Furnas & Langdon

238 [dup2] - Poster, 1850s, Furnas & Langdon

Sign for Furnas & Langdon, Job Printing House, Brownville, Nebraska Territory

Image of 2290 - Canteen W/ Cover, Cw; R.W. Furnas

2290 - Canteen W/ Cover, Cw; R.W. Furnas

US Regulation Canteen from R.W. Furnas donations. Round body, one quart size, made up of two round plates soldered together. Canvas cover, khaki color, sewn onto canteen. Cork stopper on ring attached to neck with brass chain link. Cavalry strap for attachment to saddle.

Image of 238-66 - Invitation, Trotting Horse Breeders

238-66 - Invitation, Trotting Horse Breeders

This invitation is of th Nebraska Association of Trotting Horse Breeders meeting in Beatrice, NE on August 9-12, 1892. Sent to Governor Furnas

Image of 2741-1-(1) - Saber, Military; U,S. Cavalry, Non-Regulation, W.H. Horstmann & Sons

2741-1-(1) - Saber, Military; U,S. Cavalry, Non-Regulation, W.H. Horstmann & Sons

Enlisted man's light cavalry saber with curved, single edge blade with two fullers. Copper alloy hilt with half basket guard and leather covered wire wound grips with plain pommel cap and peened tang. D-guard has three branches. Leather washer between blade and guard. No marks on blade or ricasso. Quillon forward swept.

Image of 2741-1-(2) - Scabbard, Model 1860 Cavalry Saber

2741-1-(2) - Scabbard, Model 1860 Cavalry Saber

Scabbard for 1860 light cavalry saber. Bright metal, unpainted with some rust or corrosion stains. Two carrying rings, slight expansion on throat cavity, standard drag.

Image of 2754 [dup3] - Jacket, Fatigue, Officers, Army;

2754 [dup3] - Jacket, Fatigue, Officers, Army;

Navy blue sack coat with 5 buttons down front. Turned down collar.

Image of 7294-2297 - Ticket, Nebraska State Poultry Association

7294-2297 - Ticket, Nebraska State Poultry Association

This is a yellow ticket to the Nebraska State Poultry Association Annual Exhibit on Jan 19-24, 1903. The conditions are on the back. It was issued to R.W. Furnas

Image of 7294-3901 - Card; NE State Fair Races, 1890, Shaped Like Jockey Cap

7294-3901 - Card; NE State Fair Races, 1890, Shaped Like Jockey Cap

Souvenir card from the Nebraska State Fair Races, 1890, Shaped Like Jockey Cap Image: two horses with jockeys (inside), blue/white jockey's cap (outside). Robert W. Furnas is listed as Secretary.

Image of RG2067.PH000005-000001 - Print, Photographic

RG2067.PH000005-000001 - Print, Photographic

A Delegation of Winnebago Chiefs that had gone to Washington D.C. to negotiate for a permanent reservation. Pictured from right to left, (back row) Major F. J. Dewitt, Robert W. Furnas, Alex Payer - interpreter, Mitchell St. Cyr - Interpreter, (front row) Young Prophet, Whistling Thunder, White Breast, Little Decora, and Little Hill.

Image of RG3474.PH000052-000003 - Print, Photographic

RG3474.PH000052-000003 - Print, Photographic

Will Owen Jones, editor of the Nebraska State Journal, and Mr. Furnas, grandson of Robert W. Furnas, on the small fruit farm belonging to Mr. Furnas.