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LARIMER, William, politician, born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, 24 October, 1809; died near Leavenworth, Kansas, 16 May, 1875. He removed to Pitts-burg in 1834, and became a banker and merchant, treasurer of the Ohio and Pennsylvania, and afterward president of the Pittsburg and Connellsville, railroad. He took an active part in the antislavery movement, assisted in the organization of the Liberty party, and supported James G. Birney for president in 1840. After that he acted with the Whigs and was a political leader in Pennsylvania. In 1855 he went to Nebraska, was a zealous Republican, and served in the territorial legislature in 1856. He removed to Kansas in 1858, but in October of that year led a party of gold-seekers to the Pike's Peak country. He built the first house in Denver, Colorado, and was United States commissioner and judge of probate. In the beginning of the civil war he raised a regiment of volunteers in Colorado and was commissioned colonel, but resigned and returned to Kansas, where he re-entered the army as a captain of cavalry in 1863. He served in Kansas, Indian territory, and Arkansas, and was mustered out in August, 1865. The remainder of his life was passed on a farm in the vicinity of Leavenworth. In 1872 he earnestly supported his friend Horace Greeley for the presidency
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