Kenneth & Helen Spencer of Kansas: Champions of Culture and Commerce in the Sunflower State

Kenneth & Helen Spencer of Kansas: Champions of Culture and Commerce in the Sunflower State

by Kenneth F. Crockett

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Overview

Born on opposite sides of the Kansas/Missouri border in 1902, Kenneth Aldred Spencer and his wife, Helen Foresman Spencer, were transformative figures in the Midwest during the twentieth century. Kenneth grew up in the small town of Pittsburg, Kansas, but by the 1950s, his innovation in the chemical and coal industries had earned him mention in Forbes" magazine for his role as one of the nation's great industrialists. But it is the couple's remarkable philanthropic work that stands as their true legacy, preserved in places like the Kenneth Spencer Research Library and the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art.."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626193895
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Kenneth F. Crockett holds a BA from Central Missouri State University and a JD from Washburn University. He served as Assistant United States Attorney for the state of Kansas, then First Assistant City Attorney in Topeka and Special Assistant Attorney General for the state of Kansas. He went on to practice private law and taught at both the college and graduate levels.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

1 The Spencer Legacy Begins 11

2 The First Spencer in Coal 16

3 The Second Generation 20

4 Kenneth's Early Years 33

5 Kenneth's P&M Career Begins 42

6 The Career Continues, Patriotism Blossoms and Military Chemical Works Inc. Is Successful 53

7 The Spencer Chemical Company 60

8 Spencer Businesses, 1943-1960 68

9 John L. Lewis 74

10 The Midwest Research Institute, the Kenneth Spencer Foundation and 2900 Verona Road 98

11 Kenneth Spencer, the Man and Sportsman 106

12 Kenneth's Death and the Estate 119

13 Helen Foresman Spencer and the Foresman Family 134

14 The Sale of Spencer Chemical Company 147

15 The Spencer Era Ends 155

16 The Kenneth and Helen Spencer Foundation 163

17 Helen's Death 173

Epilogue 177

Notes 193

Bibliography 201

Index 205

About the Author 207

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