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Algernon Sidney Paddock (1830-1897)

In the war of 1859 Algernon Paddock was a captain, a member of Gen. Thayer's staff. He was appointed secretary of the Nebraska Territory in 1861; acting governor in 1862. At that time he organized the militia to protect the settlers from Indians. He was elected U.S. Senator in 1875 and in 1878 he signed the call to organize the State Historical Society. (Bio from Prospect Hill Association book)


Phineas Warren Hitchcock (1831-1881)

Born in New Lebanon, Columbia County, New York. Phineas Hitchcock attended prep school at Great Barrington, Maine and then attended Williams College, graduating in 1855. After graduation he remained in New York for two years; part of the time as a reporter in central New York and part of the time in law practice. He came to Omaha in 1857 and opened a law office; combining it with an insurance and real estate agency. In 1860 he was elected to the Republican Convention in Chicago, he was appointed Marshall of the Nebraska territory 1860-61. In 1864 he was elected to the U.S. Senate and served until 1877. He was one of the chief owners of the “Omaha Republican” newspaper.   Children: Grace, Gilbert H., John Gray. (Bio from Prospect Hill Association book)


Thomas B. Cuming

Secretary of Nebraska Territory, 1854-1858; first acting Governor of Nebraska Territory, 1854-1855, 1857-1858.  Originally interred on Jacob Shull’s farm in Omaha.  He was moved to Prospect Hill, and was one of the first burial’s there.  However, he was moved a third time to Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, where he is today.  Thank goodness the poor guy finally got some rest!  (Bio from Prospect Hill Association book)


William James Connell (1846-1924)


William J. Connell is of Scotch descent, and was born July 6, 1846, at Cowansville, P. Quebec., a small village about thirty miles from the northern boundary of Vermont. His father, Rev. David Connell, was a Congregational minister, who, in the year 1856, after doing efficient work at Cowansville, where still exists the little church founded by him, removed with his family to Schroon Lake, a beautiful little town among the Adirondacks in the northern part of the State of New York. In the little village of Schroon, the subject of this sketch, and the eldest of the minister's family of eight children, spent his boyhood days, attending school, and enjoying the hunting and fishing for which the Adirondacks are famous. At the age of seventeen years, after having secured an academic education, he obtained a clerkship in the large grocery house of Bemis, West & Co., at Springfield, Mass., where he was employed until the dissolution of the firm, two years later, when he removed to St. Johnsbury, Vt., to take charge of , and close out, the mercantile business of Ephraim Jewett, then lately before deceased. This occupied his time and attention for about a year, when becoming seized with the western fever, he purchased a ticket direct to Omaha, and arriving at Omaha April 10, 1867. For about a year thereafter, he was in the employ of Tootle and Maul. He then commenced reading law, first in the office of B. E. B. Kennedy, Esq., then with Col. C. S. Chase, and subsequently with Hon. J. M. Woolworth. In the year 1870, he was admitted to the bar, and thereafter engaged in active practice. In 1872 he was elected District Attorney for the Third Judicial District, which then comprised ten counties, including Douglas and Lancaster, and was re-elected in 1874. The office of District Attorney is the only political office he has ever held, or ever thus far sought. As a prosecuting attorney, he was efficient and successful, and made for himself a record of which he has good reason to be proud. In private practice he has been equally successful, and has justly acquired a reputation for energy, integrity and ability. On the 24th of September, 1872, he was married at St. Johnsbury, Vt., to Mattie Chadwick. He has two children, Ralph S., now six years of age, and Carl A., now aged three years. His home, "Hillcrest", is one of the most beautiful and sightly places in Omaha. In all his undertakings Mr. Connel has been wonderfully successful, and in his vocabulary, there exists no such word as "fail." In politics, he is, and always has been, an earnest, active, working Republican, always ready to help his friends, and always "on deck" to make it lively for his opponents. (Bio and picture from Andreas’ History of Douglas County, publ. 1882)


 Augustus Hall (1814-1861)

Augustus Hall graduated at Middleburg Academy in New York in the early 1830's. He studied law with Phineas L. TRACY at Batavia for two years and then went to Mount Pleasant, Ohio to practice law. He was admitted to the bar in Ohio at the age of 22. He became a prosecuting attorney, He moved to Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa and in 1854 was elected to Congress and served two terms. In 1/1859 President James BUCHANAN appointed him Chief Justice of the Nebraska Territory and he moved into Nebraska. Hall County was named for him. He was a member of the Democratic party and a charter member of the first lodge of Free Masons in Nebraska.  Son of Samuel Hall.    Children: Richard SMITH (b. 1856) (m. Florence WARE).    Grandchildren: Richard Ware HALL (b. 5/4/1888; Omaha (m. 4/6/1921; Mildred RHODES). (Bio from Prospect Hill Association book)


Joseph Hopkins Millard (1836-1922)

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Joseph came to the U.S. when he was 14 years old. The family settled in Jackson County, Iowa. He came to Omaha in October 1856 to work in the real estate firm of Barrows Millard & Company. In January 1867 he became the cashier of the Omaha National Bank. Later he was the president of the bank and helped to organize the South Omaha Bank. He was a member of the Republican party and was the mayor of Omaha in 1872 and a U.S. Senator from Nebraska from 1901 to 1907.   


John Baldwin Hawley (1831-1895)

Born in Connecticut. John Hawley spent his early life in the Mormon communities of Carthage and Nauvoo. He was left an orphan at age 10, but with an older brother they both stayed on the farm there. He read law and was admitted to the bar in 1854. He began practice in Rock Island, Illinois. He enlisted in an Illinois regiment as a captain in the Civil War and served until receiving injuries at Fort Donelson. In 1863 he was sent to Congress where he served three terms. Under the HAYES administration he was appointed first assistant to the Secretary of Attorney General EDSALL of Illinois. In 1886 he came to Fremont, Nebraska as the attorney for the Elkhorn RR. In 1888 these offices moved to Omaha. Mr. HAWLEY then resided at 2514 Capitol. He was considered a great debater and a forceful speaker. Died on 5/24/1895 in Hot Springs, South Dakota. (Bio from Prospect Hill Association book)


John Taffe (1827-1884)

John Taffe was president of the councilmen in the 8th session of the legislature in 1861. He served as a Major in the 2nd Nebraska Cavalry from October 1862 through December 1863. In 1864 a mounted militia was formed in Omaha and he was Captain of B Company He was elected to the U.S. Congress and served three terms although in ill health much of this time. He was founder of the Omaha Public Library and was one of the early editors of the Republican. Died in North Platte, Nebraska. (Bio from Prospect Hill Association book)



Charles Otto Lobeck (1852-1920)

C. O. Lobeck, traveling salesman with Lee, Fried & Co., Omaha, is a native of Illinois and came to Nebraska in 1880 and has been connected with the present firm since. (Bio from Andreas’ History of Douglas County, publ. 1882)