John St. John

John Pierce St. John (Feb. 25, 1833 - Aug. 31, 1916) was a 19th century American politician and Presidental candidate. Born in Brookville, Indiana, St John served as a colonel in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


From 1873 he sat in the Kansas State Senate, and was the Republican Governor of Kansas from 1879 to 1883. Active in the temperance movement, he successfully promoted a prohibition amendment to that state's constitution. St. John also helped create the Kansas Freedmen's Relief Association during the Great Exodus of African-Americans to Kansas in 1879.

He was the Prohibition Party candidate for President of the United States in the 1884 election. He received 147,482 votes (about 1.5%) on a ticket with William Daniel. The election was won by Stephen Grover Cleveland of the Democratic Party. St. John was also surpassed by two other unsuccessful candidates:

James Gillespie Blaine of the Republican Party.
Benjamin Franklin Butler of the United States Greenback Party.

St John died in 1916 in Olathe, Kansas.

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