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Samuel P. Ridings

Kansas & Oklahoma

Samuel P. Ridings, identified by Herringshaw as S.P. Ridings, took up the study of law at "an early age." He became a member of the firm, Ridings & Ridings, in Caldwell, Kansas. His poems appeared "occasionally" in the periodical press. [Source: Thomas W. Herringshaw (ed.), Poets and Poetry of Kansas 247 (Chicago: American Publishers' Association, 1894)]

Ridings "was born in 1868 in Highland county, Ohio. He was raised on the frontiers of Knasas, received a thorough education, and graduated from the State university of Kanaas. He has attained success in the practice of law in Oklahoma and in literature has gained the name of The Poet of Pond Creek." [Thomas William Herringshaw, Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century 788 (Chicago: American Publishers' Assoc., 1898)]


Sam P. Ridings, The Chisholm Trail: A History of the World's Greatest Cattle Trail (Guthrie, Oklahoma: Co-Operative Publishing Co., 1936)