On Mon, 7 Mar 1994, DAVID B. CONLIN, 680-2909 wrote:
> When I was growing up in Kansas in the 60's I remember reading
> that the state nickname "Jayhawker" was of Irish derivation.
> I'm familiar with the other theories, but would certainly
> prefer that one to be correct. Unfortunately, I seem to be unable
> to come up with what I consider acceptable verification.I have
> also been unable to locate the sources that I read the story in.
> Does anyone have information on this? A citation would be
> extremely appreciated.
> David B. Conlin
As a Kansan myself, all I can can think of is that a
JayHawker is a term used to refer to the abolutionist
Kansans who opposed the 'Missoura' Bushwackers during the
Civil War. I'm really not aware of any particular
ethnic association with the term. They were groups
of pro-union men protecting Kansas from those
confederate raiders, I think. Though Quantril and
his band managed to burn Lawrence, Kansas to the
Of course, we can't forget KU's
Rock Chalk JayHawk KU!!!!!!!!! :)
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