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Territorial Politics and Government

      Unrest was a fact of life in Kansas Territory. Elections fraud was common. Efforts to approve or reject specific constitutions were also disputed. The site of the capital was changed several times. One town, Pawnee, was the capital but the territorial legislature met there for only six days before moving to Shawnee Indian Mission. Four different constitutions were written before Kansas became a state. The Lecompton constitution included a provision to allow slavery. At one point, two governments operated in Kansas. Supporters of slavery established a government according to federal guidelines in Lecompton. Those opposed to slavery claimed control in Topeka. Kansas had ten governors or acting governors in just six years. Kansas settlers had to deal with these disputes as they built homes, farms, and businesses.       [More]


       Territorial Politics
              Elections
                     Delegate to Congress (Nov. 1854)
                     Territorial Legislature (Mar. 1855)
                     Topeka Constitution delegates to convention (Oct. 1855)
                     Topeka Constitution ratification (Dec. 1855)
                     Lecompton Constitution delegates to convention (June 1857)
                     Territorial Legislature (Oct. 1857)
                     Lecompton Constitution ratification (Dec. 1857)
                     Lecompton Constitution ratification (Jan. 1858)
                     Leavenworth Constitution delegates to convention (March 1858)
                     Leavenworth Constitution ratification (May 1858)
                     Lecompton Constitution ratification (Aug. 1858)
                     Wyandotte Constitution delegates to convention (June 1859)
                     Wyandotte Constitution (Oct. 1859)
                     First election of state officials (Dec. 1859)
                     Other Elections
              Political parties
                     Pro-Slavery/Law and Order Party
                     Free State Party
                     Democratic Party
                     Republican Party
              Newspapers
                     Free State
                     Pro-slavery

       Territorial Government
              Legislatures
                     Pawnee/Shawnee Mission
                     Lecompton
                     Topeka
                     Lawrence
              Executive Department
                     Governors
                            Andrew H. Reeder
                            Daniel Woodson (acting)
                            Wilson Shannon
                            John White Geary
                            Frederick Perry Stanton (acting)
                            Robert John Walker
                            James William Denver
                            Hugh Sleight Walsh (acting)
                            Samuel Medary
                            George Monroe Beebe (acting)
                     Appointments
                     Taxation
                     Claims
              Judicial system

       Constitution Making
              Constitutional conventions
                     Topeka (Oct. 1855)
                     Lecompton (Sep. 1857)
                     Leavenworth (Mar.-Apr. 1858)
                     Wyandotte (July 1859)
              Boundaries
              Rights of women
              Rights of African-Americans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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