Chester Isaiah LONG, Congress, KS (1860-1934)

Senate Years of Service:

LONG, Chester Isaiah, a Representative and a Senator from Kansas; born in Greenwood Township, near Millerstown, Perry County, Pa., October 12, 1860; moved with his parents to Daviess County, Mo., in 1865 and to Paola, Kans., in 1879; attended the country schools and graduated from the normal school at Paola, Kans., in 1880; taught school for several years; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1885 and commenced practice in Medicine Lodge, Kans.; member, State senate 1889-1893; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1897); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress; elected to the Fifty-sixth, Fifty-seventh, and Fifty-eighth Congresses and served from March 4, 1899, until his resignation, effective March 4, 1903, before the commencement of the Fifty-eighth Congress, to become Senator; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1903, to March 3, 1909; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1908; chairman, Committee on the University of the United States (Fifty-eighth and Fifty-ninth Congresses), Committee on the Census (Fifty-ninth and Sixtieth Congresses); moved to Wichita in 1911 and continued the practice of law; chairman of the commission to revise the general statutes of Kansas 1921-1923; moved to Washington, D.C., in 1925 and continued the practice of law; president of the American Bar Association 1925-1926; died in Washington, D.C., July 1, 1934; interment in Old Mission Cemetery, Wichita, Kans.


Flory, Raymond L. “The Political Career of Chester I. Long.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Kansas, 1955; Long, Chester I. Chester I. Long Papers, 1890-1928, in the Kansas State Historical Society. Edited by Joseph W. Snell. Topeka: Kansas State Historical Society, 1967. Microfilm. 31 reels and guide.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present