– Politician, Indian Agent, and businessman, Elder was for many years intimately connected with Kansas affairs. Clara H. Hazelrigg (1859-??) Minnie J. Grinstead (18? Henry Inman (1837-1899) – Soldier and author from Topeka. Thomas R. Boston Corbett ( 1832-??) Carry A. He escaped custody twice and was killed in a shootout with police in Wichita, Kansas on November 22, 1921. He was appointed the twentieth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1970. Along with his brother, John O. Wattles, founded the town of Moneka, Kansas. Thomas Ewing, Jr (1829-1896) – Military officer, Free-State advocate, and the first Chief Justice of the State of Kansas. Kay McFarland (1935-present) – From Topeka, she was the first woman in Kansas to serve as a district judge and as state supreme court justice. Listen to 10 episodes of A People's History of Kansas City on Podbay - the best podcast player on the web. Robert James Walker (1801-1869) – The fourth Territorial Governor of Kansas. Joseph G. McCoy (1837-1915) – Founder of the cattle trade in Kansas, originator of the Abilene Cattle Trail and cattle baron. Timothy Dwight Thacher – (1831-1894) – Scholar, statesman, and editor. Harry Hines Woodring (1887-1967) – From Elk City, Woodring was a banker, Democratic governor of Kansas, and U.S. Secretary of War. Robert Docking (1925-1983) – 38th Governor of Kansas from 1967 until 1975. Place yourself where history happened by visiting our museums, landmarks and historic sites. More Famous People of Kansas. Thomas Sears Huffaker (1825-1910) – A pioneer teacher of Kansas, one of the founders of Council Grove, and a politician. Alva Lease Duckwall (1877-1937) – Originally from Ohio, the family moved to Kansas in 1898. Entry: Populism Author: Kansas Historical Society Author information: The Kansas Historical Society is a state agency charged with actively safeguarding and sharing the state's history. This state became part of the US in 1803, when the French sold mass amounts of land to the US in the Louisiana Purchase. He led the Pottawatomie Massacre in 1856 in Bleeding Kansas and made his name in the unsuccessful raid at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia in 1859. Alvin “Creepy” Karpis (1908-1979) – Raised in Topeka, Karpis was a bank robber, bootlegger, who spent time in Alcatraz. John Davis (1820-1901) – Free-State advocate, member of congress, publisher and author. Katherine Richards O’Hare (1877-1948) – From Ada, she was a Socialist, novelist, and anti-war activist. George Campbell (1848-??) Lease (1853 – 1933) – Attorney, lecturer, writer, and supporter of Populism from Wichita. Lawrence, home of the state’s largest university, depends on the school for its economy, though the city has worked successfully to attract high-technology and light-manufacturing industry. Christian Hoecken (? Bernard W. Rogers (1921-2008) – From Fairview, he was an American general who served as Chief of Staff of the United States Army, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, and Commander in Chief, United States European Command. Adams, Henry J. Adams, John H. Adams, Stanley. John P. St. John (1833-1916) – From Olathe, the eight governor of Kansas, National Prohibition Party’s presidential candidate in 1884. Peter Percival Elder (1823-??) Eastern Kansas began with small farms, some of no more than 40 acres (16 hectares), but these have grown. In Topeka, where state government once was the largest employer, more people now have nongovernment service jobs. Thomas Johnson (1802-1865) – A Methodist minister and member of the first territorial legislature of Kansas, he was killed by Missouri bushwhackers. Amos Adams Lawrence (1814-1886) – A Free-State advocate, the city of Lawrence, Kansas was named for him. Oscar E. Learnard (1832-1911) – Free-State advocate, lawyer, journalist, and soldier. John Pierce St. John (1833-1916) – The eighth governor of the State of Kansas. William C. Quantrill (1837-1865) – After serving as a teacher at Lawrence, Quantrill began to lead gangs of Border Ruffians in the Kansas-Missouri Border War, became a Confederate soldier during the Civil War, and was responsible for the Lawrence Massacre in 1863. He was a candidate at Big Springs meeting and was elected to the Topeka Convention in 1855. Sidney Clarke (1831-1909) – One of the early members of Congress from Kansas and a Free-State advocate. His home, a stone barn, and a restaurant continue to stand today. Congressman and businessman from Lawrence. Early population records are openly available from 1860 when it was confirmed that 107,206 people resided in the state. Mary “Mother” Bickerdyke ( 1817-1901) – Civil War nurse and veteran’s supporter. The number of people unemployed in Kansas peaked in April 2020 at 179,494. In the east the cities are older, closer together, and generally less progressive, though most of them are attractive, with broad, well-shaded residential streets and downtown shopping facilities. Somehow, the prairie dust gets in your blood, and it flows through your veins until it becomes a part of you. Arthur Capper (1865-1951) – Publisher, governor, and U.S. This list represents those events that had a national or international impact. Most of the other cities depend on farm trade and agriculture-related business. Virtually every denomination and sect is represented in the state, including such rare groups as the Amish and the Dunkard Brethren. Kansas suffered during most of its history from two kinds of regionalism: one that pits rural against city dwellers and another that sets the east against the west. ?-1864) – Military Officer and Civil War casualty. James Langston Hughes (1902-1967) – Raised in Kansas, Hughes was an African-American poet, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist. Note: Recessions shown in gray. Brewer (1837-1910) – Jurist, U.S. Supreme Court Justice. The river was named for the Kansa or Kaw people who lived for generations in the area. R. L. Pitts – From Wichita, Pitts was the first African American to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor for service in Vietnam. Kenneth Sydney Davis (1912-1999) – Writer, biographer, aide to Milton Eisenhower, received the Francis Parkman Prize for his biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt. – From Atchison, Earhart was the first woman granted a pilot’s license by the National Aeronautics Association and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Eli Thayer (1819-1899) – Educator, inventor, Congressman, and one of the organizers of the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Company. Your email address will not be published. Their territory extended over most of present-day northern and eastern Kansas, with hunting grounds extending far to the west. Ackert, James E. Adair, Florella Brown. Kanza Chief White Plume by Charles Bird King about 1822. George W. Deitzler (1826-1884) – Free-State advocate, soldier, and politician. Congressman to represent Kansas. – A pioneer and business of central Kansas, Wellington was a founder of and essential in developing the cities of Carneiro and Ellsworth. Kansapedia Topic: People. Coleman Hawkins (1904-1969) – From Topeka, he was a jazz saxophonist who played with Dizzy Gillespie, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie. Robert B. Mitchell (1823-1882) – Soldier, Free-State advocate, and member of the first Kansas Territorial Legislature. Native Americans, explorers, and settlers. William Addison Phillips (1824-1893)- Journalist, historian, and member of Congress. Esther Brown ( 1917-1976) – Civil rights advocate from Kansas City. Walter Percy Chrysler (1875-1940) – Born in Wamego and raised in Ellis, Chrysler was machinist, railroad man, automotive industry executive, and founder of the Chrysler Corporation. William Gay (18? – Teacher, author, and evangelist. Nellie Cline – (1886-1984) – Lawyer and the first woman to present oral arguments before the Kansas Supreme Court. Along with Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood, he was hailed as one of the three great painters of American Regionalism of the first half of the 20th century. Albert T. Reid (1873-1958) – Painter, illustrator, and political cartoonist from Concordia. Henry J. Adams (1816-1870) – Lawyer, Free-State advocate, politician, and soldier. This program of “personal diplomacy” emphasizes nongovernmental contacts between people. Karl Menninger (1893-1990) – From Topeka, Menninger was a psychiatrist and co-founder of the Menninger Clinic and Foundation. People from the rural areas, mostly farmers, ranchers, and owners of small businesses, as well as residents from the smaller towns, have tended to distrust the cities, often bringing about an impasse in the state legislature. The availability of a reliable workforce has been one of the advantages the state has had to offer to prospective employers. Three sisters barricaded themselves in a Wyandot cemetery in downtown Kansas City, Kansas, in the early 1900s, in order to save it from destruction. William L. “Buffalo Bill” Brooks (1832-1874) – Lawman turned outlaw, Brooks served as Marshal in Newton and Dodge City, Kansas, before being arrested for horse theft. John James Ingalls ( 1833-1900) – From Atchison, Ingalls served in the U.S. Senate and submitted the design for the state seal and proposed the state motto. Lutie Lytle (1875-??) Zula Bennington “Peggy” Greene (1895-1988) – From Topeka, she was an author and columnist. Justin De Witt Bowersock (1842-1922) – U.S. Victor Murdock (1871-1945) – Journalist and member of Congress. William Alexander Harris (1841-1909) -Civil engineer and United States Senator. After the American Civil War and with the building of the railroads, many central Europeans were attracted by the promise of jobs laying track and of free land when the jobs were finished. Jane Grant (1892-1972) – Born in Missouri and raised in Girard, Kansas, she co-founded the New York Times with her first husband Harold Ross. Kansas didn’t really get settled by Europeans until the mid-1850’s though most towns were founded in the 1880’s. Satanta (1830-1878) – Noted Kiowa chief, frequently called the “Orator of the Plains.”. Eventually, the area became inhabited by Europeans; first the Spanish and then the French explored the area, trading with the local Native American tribes. Benjamin F. Stringfellow (1816-1891) – Lawyer and pro-slavery leader in Kansas. – Pearson was one of the first settlers in Douglas County, Kansas, fought with John Brown in the Battle of Black Jack and built a home near Baldwin City that continues to stand today. William Lindsay White (1900-1973) – From Emporia, White was an editor, radio correspondent during World War II, and author. Samuel M. Irvin (1812-1887) – An early missionary and teacher to the Sac and Fox Indians. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. ?-1864) – A leader of a gang of border ruffians and newspaper correspondent. Alfred Fairfax (1840-??) Charles Joseph Chaput (1944-present) – From Concordia, and of French-Canadian and Potawatomi heritage, he was the first American Indian to lead an American diocese. They hunted American bison. By the mid-18th century, the “Wind People” were the predominant tribe in what became the state to which they gave their name (Kansas). Charles F. Scott (1860-1938) – Journalist, newspaper publisher, and member of Congress from Iola. He imported Turkey Red Wheat to Kansas and established a milling operation. Charles H. Branscomb – Along with Charles Robinson, Branscomb was one of the founders of Lawrence and a Free-State advocate. Sterling G. Cato (??-1867?) Joan Finney (1925-2001) – First woman to serve as State Treasurer and first woman governor of Kansas. Ward Lockwood, a Kansas native, hangs in the U.S. Federal Building in Wichita, Kansas. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. History, Tales, and Destinations in the Land of Ahs. The state is mainly Protestant, with large communities of Methodists, Baptists, and Lutherans. Senator. Walt Mason (1862-1939) – A poet and humorist. Edgar Lee Masters (1869-1950) – From Garnett, Masters was a poet and biographer. Walk in the steps of Civil War soldiers at a battlefield, discover tribes dating back centuries, tour the boyhood home of an American president or sit in a classroom that was ground zero in a landmark battle for civil rights. George Washington Clarke – A pro-slavery border ruffian, Clarke was involved in a number of Bleeding Kansas skirmishes before he was finally driven from the state permanently in 1858. John White Geary (1819-1873) – The third Territorial Governor of Kansas. Kansas history is American history. Preston B. Plumb (1837-1891) – Lawyer, United States Senator, and founder of Emporia. Thomas W. Barber (? William Allen White (1868-1944) – From Emporia, White was an editor, publisher, author, and Pulitzer Prize winner. Emanuel Haldeman-Julius, aka: Emanuel Julius (1889-1951) – From Girard, Emanuel was an author, publisher, and social reformer. Ben Hibbs (1901-1975) – From Pretty Prairie, Hibbs became the editor of the Saturday Evening Post and Reader’s Digest. Kansas Unemployed. Martin Johnson ( 1884-1937) – From Lincoln, Martin and his wife, Osa, made themselves known as photographers, explorers, naturalists, and authors. John Brown, Isaac Goodnow, Carrie Nation, William Allen White, Walter P. Chrysler, Amelia Earhart, Dwight Eisenhower, and William Inge - Courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society Gordan Parks - Douglas Kirkland View a comprehensive list of all notable Kansas in Kansapedia. Kansas History Books Showing 1-50 of 76 Kansas Oddities: Just Bill the Acting Rooster, The Locust Plagues of Grasshopper Falls, Naturalist Camps And More (Paperback) Anne Le Porte Diggs (1853-1916) – From Lawrence, Diggs was a journalist, state librarian, and supporter of Populism and Women’s Suffrage. George Tobey Anthony (1824-1896) – Soldier, politician, and the seventh governor of the State of Kansas. E. M. Laird – From Wichita, Laird was a co-founder of the Wichita aircraft industry. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Kansas Population History. John Dunbar (1804-1857) –  Clergyman, missionary to the Pawnee Indians, and first treasurer of Brown County, Kansas. You may not even realize many of these famous people were born in Kansas or notable associated with Kansas, including actors, actresses, explorers, historical figures, inventors, musicians, novelists, professional athletes, important politicians, singers, sport stars and more. John W. Whitfield (1818-1879) – Indian Agent and the first delegate to Congress from the Territory of Kansas. David W. Finney (1839-1916) – A farmer, miller, and Kansas legislator. There are now 93,285 fewer people unemployed in the state. Jayhawkers – The Jayhawkers were militant bands affiliated with the free-state cause during the days of Bleeding Kansas and into the Civil War. Samuel J. Crumbine ( 1862-1954) – From Dodge City, Crumbine served as Secretary of the State Board of Health and led public health campaigns against the use of common drinking cups, the roller towel, and the fly. James William Denver (18? David J. Blackbear Bosin – (1921-1980) – An artist of Kiowa– Comanche ancestry. Elanor “Peggy” Goodnough Hull Deuell (1889-1967) – Born and raised in Kansas, Deuell was the first woman war correspondent accredited by the U.S. government and the first woman to serve on four battlefronts. Along with brother, Wilbur, they soon founded Duckwall Brothers was founded, featuring everything needed for the home. Joseph L. Bristow – (1861-1944) – Editor and U.S. Aaron Douglas (1899-1979) – From Topeka, Douglas was an African American painter and a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Pardee Butler (1816-1888) – An abolitionist minister from Atchison. Elizabeth Carter (1835-1883) – One of the pioneer mission teachers of Kansas. He was also a cattle rancher, game warden at Yellowstone National Park. Josiah Miller (1828-1870) – A Free-State advocate who started one of the first Kansas newspapers. Our cookies are delicious. – From Concordia, Corbett is credited with shooting John Wilkes Booth. Today he is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas. Most western Kansas farms or ranches are large, covering not less than one … Don Coldsmith ( 1926-present) – Physician, professor, and author of several western fiction books and articles. Nat Love, aka: Deadwood Dick (1854-1921) – An early cowboy in Dodge City, Nat Love, who was also known as “Deadwood” Dick was said to have been the greatest black cowboy in all of the Old West. John Brown (1800-1859) – Abolitionist who advocated and practiced armed insurrection as a means to end all slavery. Earl Sutherland (1915-1974) – From Burlingame, he was the winner of the Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine in 1971. – Early Catholic priest and author. Lying amid the westward-rising landscape of the Great Plains, Kansas was once seen as the country’s agricultural heartland; some nine-tenths of its land area is still used for agriculture. Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton (1909-1993) – From Wellsville, Layton became a renowned artist. John Steuart Curry 1897-1946) – From Jefferson County, Curry was an artist whose career spanned from 1924 until his death. Clark Clifford (1906-1998) – From Fort Scott, Clifford served as special counsel to President Truman, and later as Secretary of Defense. Nick Chiles – Editor of the longest-running African American newspaper in the nation, the Plaindealer, established in Topeka in 1899. Walter “Big Train” Johnson ( 1887-1946) – From Humboldt, Johnson was a pitcher for the Washington Senators and inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. In observance of the Kansas 150, Governor Sam Brownback's Blue Ribbon Panel for Kansas History announced 12 Notable Events in Kansas History on January 24, 2012, in Topeka. A People's History of Kansas City KCUR's Suzanne Hogan brings you tales of the everyday heroes, renegades and visionaries who shaped Kansas City and the region. Clyde M. Reed – From Parsons, Reed was a publisher, 24th Kansas governor, and U.S. Wilson Shannon (1802-1877) – The second Territorial Governor of Kansas. – From Topeka, Lytle was one of the first African American women to be admitted to the practice of law in the United States. Thomas Carney (1828-1888) –  A businessman in Leavenworth, Carney became the second governor of the State of Kansas. He was prosecuted under the Comstock Law for content published in his anarchist periodical Lucifer the Lightbearer. Frank E. Peterson, Jr. (1932-present) – From Topeka, Peterson was the first black brigadier general in the U.S. Marine Corps and NAACP Man of the Year. Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in Chicago, Illinois by Jack Delano, 1943. “Pioneers in Kansas,” mural by J. Dictionary of American History, This includes historical sketches on various topics in U.S. history, such as wars, people, laws, and organizations. A snippet view is available at [3] Webster's Guide to American History: A Chronological, Geographical, and Biographical Survey and Compendium . John W. Leedy (1849-1935) – The 14th governor of the State of Kansas, Lorenzo D. Lewelling (1846-1900) – The 12th governor of the State of Kansas. Environment (1) Wichita (2) Overland Park (3) Kansas City (4) Olathe (5) Topeka (6) Lawrence (7) Shawnee (8) Manhattan A  stagecoach laden with mail and passengers marks the center of the canvas; a Pony Express rider and a Native American exchange fire on the left side; a vulture flies above the rider, symbolizing imminent danger and death. She was the 42nd Governor of Kansas from 1991 to 1995. – Lawyer, author, and politician. Harrison Kelley (1836-1897) – A soldier and member of Congress. Jotham Meeker (1804-1855)  – A missionary at the Ottawa Mission. Henry Worrall (1825-1902) – One of Kansas’ first artists. We use cookies. The Wichita Indians who originally lived in southern Oklahoma and northern Texas also began to push into southern Kansas, as more and more people invaded their original territory. Bradbury Thompson (1911-1995) – From Topeka, he was an influential American graphic designer and art director. David Lykins (1820?-1861) – Pro-slavery advocate and member of the Bogus Legislature. Old Crow – A Crow Indian, who was allegedly one of the members of the Dull Knife band of Cheyenne, which left the reservation in Indian Territory and made the memorable raid across Kansas in September and October 1878, killing 32 citizens. David Rice Atchison (1807-1886) – U.S. J. H. Defouri (1830-??) They were moved to a reservation in Kansas, before being forced into Indian Territory (Oklahoma) in 1873. John A. Halderman (1833?-1908) – Soldier, statesman, and diplomat from Leavenworth. All that—it’s etched into your soul and it colors the way you see everything and it becomes a part of you. George A. Crawford (1827-1891) – Lawyer, journalist, and founder of Fort Scott, Kansas. Fred Andrew Stone (1873-1959) – Raised in Topeka, he was a famed Vaudeville song and dance man. Samuel A. Kingman (1818-1904) – A Chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court. George Washington Carver (1864-1943) – An agricultural scientist, Carver mortgaged his Kansas homestead to go to college. Charles J. Franklin George Adams (1824-1899) – Free-State advocate, teacher, attorney and publisher. They come from the central Midwestern United States. You can never really escape. Charlie Angell, Sr. (1881-1927) – Inventor of several agricultural improvements to machinery. The Kaw Nation (or Kanza or Kansa) are a federally recognized Native American tribe in Oklahoma and parts of Kansas. Albin K. Longren (1882-1950) From Topeka and Leonardville, Longren was an aviator and engineer. Charles Reynolds (1817-1885) – Writer and minister. He was killed in the Battle of Punished Woman Fork, the last Indian battle in Kansas. Here is the story of the history of my home state of Kansas. Lucy Hobbs Taylor (1833-1910) – From Lawrence, the first fully-trained woman dentist in the world. Senator. Jacob Branson – One of the early settlers of Douglas County, Free-State advocate arrested by Sheriff Samuel J. Jones. Delano Lewis (1938-present) – From Topeka and Arkansas City, Lewis was a U.S. Department of Justice attorney, Director of the Peace Corps in Nigeria and Uganda, and first African American president of National Public Radio. Mabel Chase ( 1876-1962) – First female sheriff in Kansas. Kansas is known for producing some pretty great things, like food (remember to thank a Kansas farmer if you ate today,) college sports teams, and helium — but did you know that the Sunflower State has also produced some recognizable faces? Paul M. Ponziglione (1818-1900) – One of the early Catholic missionaries in Kansas. Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937) – Newspaper and magazine editor in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. During World War II, there was an influx of military personnel and aircraft workers, many of whom remained. Later, he became a marshal in Caldwell, Kansas. Samuel J. Crawford (1835-1913) – Lawyer, soldier, and third governor of the State of Kansas. The way they talk and the way they live. John H. Stringfellow (1819-1905) – An early physician of Kansas, one of the founders of Atchison, a pro-slavery advocate, border ruffian, and Speaker of the House in the First Territorial Legislature. The result was the launching of “People to People” in October of 1961. Later, French fur trappers came to the area. The Wichita metropolitan area accounts for more than one-fifth of the state’s population. Francisco Juan De Padilla (? Charles Lawrence Robinson (1818-1894) – Free-State leader and the first governor of the State of Kansas. Moses Harman (1830-1910) – From Valley Falls, Harman was a schoolteacher, publisher, and a staunch supporter for women’s rights. Senator and U.S. District Judge, and author of the Hatch Act. ?-1851) – An early Catholic Missionary to the Kickapoo Indians. Bernard Warkentin (1849-1908) – Originally from Russia, Warkentin was among the Mennonite settlers who came to Kansas in 1873. Daniel Webster Wilder (1832-1911) – Journalist, author, and newspaper publisher. Georgia Neese Clark Gray (1900-1995) – From Richland, she was the first woman to serve as U.S. Treasurer. Julius changed his name after he married Anna Marcet Haldeman. William A. Peffer (1831-1912) –   Soldier, publisher, and United States Senator. Many of the small cities, especially in the west, offer unexpected cultural and commercial resources, perhaps because they often lie far apart and draw from large trade territories. ?-1894) – Secretary and governor of the Territory of Kansas. Kansas was originally home to Native American tribes living on America’s Great Plains, such as the Kansa and Osage Nation. ?-1856)- Shawnee and Wyandot Indian agent in 1856, Gay became a victim of the pro-slavery partisans during the Kansas-Missouri Border War. It goes with you, wherever you go. Eugene Fitch Ware (1841-1911) – Nicknamed “Ironquill,” Ware was a lawyer and poet. Juan Jaramillo – Spanish soldier and narrator, Jaramillo was with Francisco Vazquez de Coronado in the expedition to Quivira. Joe Engle (1932-present) From Chapman commanded the STS-2 Space Shuttle and was a U.S. Air Force colonel. Senator and supporter of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, leader of border ruffian raids into Kansas Territory. The concept of People to People represented part of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s lifelong crusade for peace. There, he operated a successful store along the Santa Fe Trail, as well as serving as a mail agent. The Lewis and Clark expedition had a profound effect upon the Kaw. James Naismith (1861-1939) – From Lawrence, he was the inventor of the game of basketball and a coach at the University of Kansas. Overland Park, in Johnson county, was incorporated as a city only in 1960 but by the end of the 20th century had overtaken even Kansas City in population; several large corporations are based there. Find more more Kansas famous people below. Senator. Edmund Needham Morrill (1834-1909) – The thirteenth governor of the State of Kansas. Gerald Burton Winrod (1900-1957) – Evangelist, author, and political activist. John Otis Wattles (1809-1859) – An abolitionist, spiritualist, educator, and women’s rights activist, Wattles helped to found the town of Moneka, in Linn County, Kansas. Jacob Cantrell (18?-1856) – An early settler of Douglas County, Cantrell was killed by pro-slavery advocates. Clarence Batchelor (1888-1977) – Received a Pulitzer Prize in 1937 for editorial cartoons. 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