Gov. John B. Kendrick, U.S. Senator

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John Benjamin Kendrick

Birthplace: Rusk, Cherokee, TX, USA
Death: Died in Sheridan, Sheridan, WY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Harvey Kendrick and Anna Kendrick
Husband of Eula Kendrick
Father of Manville Kendrick

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About Gov. John B. Kendrick, U.S. Senator

John Benjamin Kendrick (September 6, 1857 – November 3, 1933) was an American politician who served as a United States Senator from Wyoming.

Kendrick was born near Rusk, Texas, where he attended the public schools, and then moved to Wyoming in 1879 and settled on a ranch near Sheridan, where he raised cattle.

He was a member of the State senate from 1910 to 1914 and was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1913. He then served as Governor of Wyoming from 1915 until he resigned in 1917, having been elected as a Democrat 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. He had 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 is interred in Mount Hope Cemetery in Sheridan, Wyoming.

Further reading

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


The following children's book, classified as historical fiction, is loosely based on the life of John B. Kendrick:

Garst, Shannon and Warren Garst. Cowboys and Cattle Trails. The American Adventure Series. Edited by Emmett A. Betts. Chicago: Wheeler Publishing Company, 1948.
This book has been revised by Patsy Parkin and reprinted as A Real Top Hand: John Benjamin Kendrick. Wheatland, Wyoming: Spirit Quest Press, 2011. Parkin is careful to point out that the book remains historical fiction.
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Gov. John B. Kendrick, U.S. Senator's Timeline

September 6, 1857
Rusk, Cherokee, TX, USA
Age 42
November 3, 1933
Age 76
Sheridan, Sheridan, WY, USA