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Edmund G. Ross: Soldier, Senator, Abolitionist

Richard A. Ruddy

Winner of the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for Biography and Best Book (New Mexico category)

Winner of the 2014 Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico

A 2014 Kansas Notable Book

Thanks to John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage, most twenty-first-century Americans who remember Edmund G. Ross (1826–1907) know only that he cast an important vote as a U.S. senator from Kansas that prevented the conviction of President Andrew Johnson of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” allowing Johnson to stay in office. But Ross also served as a significant abolitionist, journalist, Union officer, and, eventually, territorial governor of New Mexico, where he proved instrumental in the fight for statehood, the improvement of educational standards, and the settlement of land-grant issues. In short, Ross’s career represents the changes that the nation experienced in the second half of the nineteenth century. This first full-scale biography of Ross reveals his influential role in the history of the United States and offers a portrait of a resolute individual who often paid a price for his integrity.


Independent historian Richard A. Ruddy is retired from a thirty-year career as an advertising and catalog photographer.


“A significant contribution to the literature.”


Kansas History

“A readable, well-researched biography that shows us a man so steadfast in his convictions that he risked his own life more than once and brought hardship upon his wife, Fannie, and their large family.”


New Mexico Historical Review

“A first-rate, balanced biography of a gallant and admirable individual. Anyone interested in the history of the Civil War and Reconstruction, or the history of New Mexico or Kansas, will want this well-crafted, indispensable, and definitive biography of the intrepid Ross.”


Great Plains Quarterly

"Ross' life is really a study in the consequences of integrity and conviction."


Mark A. Weitz, author of More Damning than Slaughter: Desertion in the Confederate Army

6 x 9 in. 344 pages 18 halftones