Born in Danville, Kentucky, on March 17, 1849, Edward Hoch first
moved to Kansas in 1871. Within three years he had settled in Marion
where he published the Record and earned a reputation as one of the
state's leading journalists. Although a loyal Republican, Hoch split
with some of the old party leaders and advocated a number of progressive
reforms during the early 1900s. Hoch, a former state legislator, served
two eventful terms in the statehouse (1905-1909). He died in Marion on
June 1, 1925.