Omer Madison Kem
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Omer Madison Kem

Omer Madison Kem
Omer M. Kem (Nebraska Congressman).jpg
From 1896's An Illustrated Congressional Manual: The United States Red Book
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 6th district

March 4, 1893 - March 3, 1897
District created
William Laury Greene
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 3rd district

March 4, 1891 - March 3, 1893
George Washington Emery Dorsey
George de Rue Meiklejohn
Personal details
Born(1855-11-13)November 13, 1855
Hagerstown, Indiana
DiedFebruary 13, 1942(1942-02-13) (aged 86)
Cottage Grove, Oregon
Political partyPopulist
Nancy Lenore Benson
(m. 1874; died 1883)
Alice Maria Lockheart
(m. 1885)
Omer Kem and his family in front of his sod house in Nebraska (1886)

Omer Madison Kem (November 13, 1855 - February 13, 1942) was an American Populist Party politician.

Early life

Omer Madison Kem was born in Hagerstown, Indiana on November 13, 1855.[1]


He moved to Custer County, Nebraska in 1882 and to Broken Bow, Nebraska in 1890 where he farmed. He was deputy treasurer of Custer County from 1890 to 1891. He was elected as a Populist to the United States House of Representatives from 1891 to 1897, serving first the 3rd district and then the 6th district when the number of representatives from Nebraska was increased following the 1890 Census. He did not run for reelection in 1896.

Kem went to Montrose, Colorado, to grow fruit and raise cattle. He got back into politics by being elected as a member of the Colorado House of Representatives in 1907. He then moved to Cottage Grove, Oregon, in 1908,[1] where he became interested in electric light and power enterprises. He worked and served as president of the Cottage Grove Electric Company until it was sold to Mountain States Power (now PacifiCorp) in 1922.[1] He retired in 1922.

Personal life

Kem married Nancy Lenore Benson in 1874. She died in 1883.[1] He married Alice Maria Lockheart in Nebraska in 1885.[1] He had five daughters and three sons (Claude, Huxley, and Victor).[1]


Kem died in Cottage Grove on February 13, 1942.[1] He was cremated and the ashes scattered.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "O. M. Kem Dies At Cottage Grove". The Eugene Guard. Eugene, OR. February 13, 1942. p. 1. Retrieved 2021 – via
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 3rd congressional district

1891 – 1893
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Seat created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 6th congressional district

1893 – 1897
Succeeded by

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