(1850's and 1860's)
Samuel J. Reader was active/lived in Kansas. Samuel Reader is known for Amateur sketcher.
Biography Samuel Reader
Painter. Homesteader near north Topeka in 1855. He left a 12-volume diary illustrated with pen & ink drawings, and by oil and watercolors. Reader was a soldier in the Free State Guards. He fought in the Civil War Battle of Hickory Point and at Big Blue with the 2nd Regiment of the Kansas Militia.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Federal Writers’ Project of the Work Projects Administration for the State of Kansas. Kansas: A Guide to the Sunflower State. (American Guide Series) New York: Viking Press, 1939.; Newlin, Gertrude Dix (Development of Art in Kansas. Typed Manuscript, 1951)
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.