BISNATOR rLllMB. Preston B. Plumb Was born in l)elaw»ro coiinlj-, Ohio, In October, 1837, and Is Iberelorc nearly forty years of age. He received a good common school education and at tiie age of twelve years went lo Gambler to learn the printing buslni-ss, of which he became thorough master, alter an apprenllceslilp of three ycnrs. As soon as he had ioariied his trade, lie purciioicd an lnterc«l in the Xenia (Ohio) iVeiM wlilcli he edited from 1833 lo 186«. In June, 18IKI, he removed lo Kansas, landing at Leavenworth on Iho IDtli ol that month. In the fail of the same )°car he tcttled near where tlie town ol Salinn now staiuis, nnd the next winter rrinovcd to the Infant town ol Lawrciico. He was a leading member ul the company which laid out and founded Emporia and in Ibe spring of 1857 moved lo Hint place, In June, 18S7, bo cstablLOicil the Emporia flem, nnd gave the |)apcr a |>rominciit rank wiilch it liiis ever since retained. It was a radiciil Irco statu joiirinii from the first—earnest, luarless and ag- gresaivc, and edited with conspicuous ability. In 1861 he conimenceil tiic prncllcc of law, to the study ol whicli he bud devoted several years. He soon ncqiiln-d an excellent prnollce. He was elcotcd a member of the house nf rrprescniallves In 1861, nnd was apimlnted ns chairman of tliejudlcinry commitlcn when Uie Icglslntnro met. In that position he ncquiltcd hinisell wllli credit. Shortly after the close ol Hie session, he was appointed reporter ol the supreme court, nnd continued to hold this position until be went Into Hie army in August, 1862. When authority lor the nilsing of Ibe eleventh Kansas cavalry was received, Col. Plumb actively Interested himself lu organizing that regiment, tor wliich lie raised two companies. He was llrsl commissioned as second lleulenunt, nnd successively promoted to be captain, major and lieutenant colonel. He WHS appointed colonel, hut not mustered In, as the regiment was mustered out tiefore the coin- mlsaiun reached liim. Uo served with the eleventh during the.war, and was a brave acUre, and capable soldier nnd officer, winning the highest comincnUallons from his superior offlcer*. Keturning to civil lllc, he resumed the practice of law. He was elected a uicm- ber ol the house In 1867 and re-elected In 1868. During the tesstim of 1863 he was elected speaker. Ill 1S68 he formed a co-parliicrsiiip Willi Judge Kugglet, the style of the llriii lieliig Rugglei A Plumb, lu 1873 he retired from practice, owing to ili-licullb, and cn gragcd In banking. He was elected, lu Janunr}', 1873, president ot Hie Emporia national bank, which potiHon be still retains. He was president ol the rcpubiicnn state conveiillcn lield to select delegates to the national republlcatl convention at Cincinnati, In June last He took an active purt in the presidential campaign, spcnkiiig at nurmcroiis places in southern and south' western Kansas, He Is an' eiitcrprltltig, and sagacioiu business man, nnd haa amassed a reusonu- ble competence In business pursuits. H» Is an earnest, logical and efleclive speaker, and Is highly etieemed as an tiuncst and uprlgiit man and public-spirited citizen, He wat a candidate for United States aenalor three years ago, and rccccived u highly complimentary vote. One ol Hie oldetl aettlent of Kansas; auccettlui at a printer, an editor, a lawyer, a tolQier aud a banker; a legUlulor of large and valuable experience; liiU ol energy, Industry and courage, no one who knows bim will deny that Colonel Plumb will make a senator of whom no Kansan will have occasion to feel ashamed. He wot the ablest of all the caiidldatet.