Walter R. Stubbs was born in Wayne County, Indiana, on November 7,
1858. At the age of eleven, he moved to Douglas County with his family.
Stubbs built a very successful railroad construction business and was a
millionaire before he became involved in state politics. Soon after he
entered the state legislature in 1902, Stubbs emerged as the dominant
leader of the progressive wing of the Republican Party.
Near the end of his second term as governor, Stubbs won his party's
nomination for the U. S. Senate but lost the general election in
November 1912. The former governor died in Topeka on March 25, 1929.