Borah, William Edgar
- Robert James Maddox
Borah, William Edgar (29 June 1865–19 January 1940), U.S. senator, was born in Jasper Township, Illinois, the son of William Nathan Borah and Eliza West, farmers. Although enamored of the written and spoken word at an early age, Borah was an indifferent student and never finished high school. He refused to agree to his father’s wish that he prepare for the ministry and for a brief period worked in an itinerant acting group. At the invitation of an older sister, whose husband was an attorney, Borah moved to Kansas and enrolled at the University of Kansas in the fall of 1885, but lack of financial resources and poor health forced him to drop out in the spring of 1887. Instead, he read law and passed the bar examination that same year. Borah practiced law with his brother-in-law for three years, after which he headed west. He got no farther than Boise, Idaho, where he ran out of money, according to his own account....