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Eugene J. Hainer, Esq. ~ Julius C. Hainer, Esq.
|Congressman Eugene Jerome Hainer was born in Funfkirchen, Hungary, August 16, 1851. He came to America with his parents, Ignace Hainer and Etelka Barthos Hainer in 1854.
Ignace Hainer was a member of the cabinet of Lajos Batthyany during the 1848-49 Hungarian Revolution, when the Hungarians attempted to unseat the Hapburg Dynasty. The family resided in Chicago for a year, then in New Buda, Decatur Country, Iowa, a Hungarian reserve.
Congressman Eugene Hainer attended Iowa Agricultural College and Simpson Centenary College in Indianiola, Iowa (now a part of Duke University), from where he graduated from the law department in 1876. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Aurora, Nebraska in 1877.
He was a director of five Nebraska national banks, to include First National Bank of Lincoln, and he was also a director of a group of creameries in southern Iowa.
Mr. Hainer was elected as a Republican to the 53rd and 54th Congresses of the United States ~ March 4, 1893 to March 3, 1897.
In 1893, Rep. Hainer is quoted in Antislavery Thoughts from Reconstruction to Reconciliation (Google Books) as urging that federal regulations of elections in the south continue. Without such assistance, he predicted, white southerners most assuredly would return the blacks to some form of quasi-slavery.
Following his defeat for a third term in t he House of Representatives, Hainer returned to his law practice in Aurora, Nebraska.
In 1904, Hainer and his family moved to Lincoln. He retired in July 1928 and moved to Omaha, where he resided until his death on March 17, 1929.
Mr. Hainer married Julia Blodgett, a native of Iowa, in 1876. The two of them met while attending Iowa Agricultural College. They sired two daughters, Julia ( Mrs. Charles J. O'Connor, Berkeley, Calif.) and Laura, (Mrs. Leonard E. Hurtz, Lincoln, Neb.).
|Congressman Eugene Jerome Hainer's brother Julius Caesar Hainer, one of four sons of Hungarian emigrees Etelka Barthos Hainer and Ignace Hainer, was a lawyer and professor of mathematics, physics and chemistry.
Julius C. Hainer was awarded a degree in mathematics, physics and chemistry from Iowa State College, after which, he served a member of the Iowa State College faculty. He later, in 1885, was awarded a law degree from Cornell University in New York and began practicing law in St. Louis, where he was retained as a professor of medical jurisprudence at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, later to become a part of Washington University.
Julius was a brother of Bayard Taylor Hainer, United States Supreme Court Justice of Oklahoma Territory, who later served a chief counsel for the Federal Trade Commission and general counsel for the Stockyards Association.
As metioned, Julius Hainer was also a brother of U. S. Congressman Eugene Jerome Hainer, who served in the 53rd and 54th Congresses of the United States.
Another brother was United States Forest Ranger Victor Hainer. Julius Hainer's sisters included Ada Hainer Blaise, Norman Hainer Birch, Hermine Hainer Gabel, Vesta Hainer Chase and Laura Hainer Radnich.
The Hainers were Scottish Rite Masons, Episcopalians and Presbyterians.
|Professor Ignace Hainer was a lawyer, journalist and high-ranking member of the staff of Hungarian Premier Lajos Batthyany, of the staff of Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Count Kasimir Batthyany, and of the staff of Gov. Lajos Kossuth during the Hungarian Revolutionary War of 1848-49. During the war Lajos Batthyanyi was executed by the Austrians and Ignace Hainer, an adjurant general, was held by the Austrians as a political prisoner for five months, prior to being welcomed to America, who sided with the Hungarian cause. In America, Ignace Hainer was appointed a professor of modern languages at University of Missouri in Columbia.
Professor Hainer was also a staunch abolitionist, who sided with the Union during the Civil War, when he and his family returned to New Buda, Iowa, informally known as "the Hungarian government in exile." For the remainder of his life, Professor Hainer farmed, taught school, served as county treasurer, as Postmaster and as a member of the United States Grand Jury.
Professor Hainer's wife and the mother of his children was Etelka Barthos Hainer (1827-1917). Etelka's and Ignace Hainer's fathers and grandfathers were lawyers, journalists and high ranking Hungarian government officials going back several generations.
|Congressman Eugene J. Hainer|
|United States Supreme Court Justice
Hon. Bayard Taylor Hainer
""Justice cannot exist, nor can democracy,
without social and economic equality
under the law"
|AMERICAN JOURNALIST & SOCIAL CRITIC
Thomas Mitchell Blaise Shepherd
~ Thomas M. Shepherd ~
- a/k/a Tom Blaise Shepherd -
great great grandson of Etelka and Ignace Hainer
and great great nephew of Hon. Eugene Hainer,
Bayard Hainer and Julius Hainer