• 18th San Francisco Mayor Survived Assassination Attempt, Offers Lectures

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    ISAAC SMITH KALLOCH (July 10, 1832 – December 9, 1887) served first in Rockland, Maine, then at the Tremont Temple Baptist Church in Boston. He ran into problems with the liquor interests and allegations of sexual improprieties. He later moved to New York and onto Kansas, where he founded Ottawa University and the First Baptist Church of Leavenworth, Kansas. Moving once again, he became minister of the Metropolitan Temple Church in San Francisco and the Workingman’s Party mayor of the city (1879 – 1881).  He was shot in the street by an angry newspaper editor.  His son, Milton, later shot dead the assassin.  The public sympathized with Kalloch and elected him the 18th Mayor of San Francisco.

    One-page, 7 ¾ x 10, ALS Leavenworth, October 2nd, 1860, Kalloch writes to an unknown recipient offering his lectures.  “I have some engagements to lecture in the East during the coming winter which I would like to extend.

    “The subject of one of the lectures will be Kansas, considered with reference to her history, condition, prospects, resources, but not to her politics.

    “I have other lectures upon which various subjects of a popular nature which I would deliver if preferred. Is there a society in your community that would like to hear one of these? Or any number of responsible gentlemen who wish to communicate with me?

    “My terms will depend something upon expenses of travel and somewhat upon the ability and receipts of the society but will be no far from $5000 without other expenses.

    “Yours very truly

    “I.S. Kalloch”

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