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Photograph, James W. Denver
Author: No authors specified.
Date: Circa 1857

James W. Denver was the seventh Territorial Governor, serving from May 12 to July 3 and July 30 through October, 1858. He also served as acting Governor from December 21, 1857 through May 12, 1858. This engraving was made while he was serving as a member of the 34th Congress from California, just prior to being appointed acting Territorial Governor.

Keywords: Denver, James William, 1817-1892; Engravings; Photographs and Illustrations

Address to the people of Kansas
Author: Denver, James William, 1817-1892
Date: December 21, 1857

Initial address from Gov. Denver indicating his instructions from the president.

Keywords: Denver, James William, 1817-1892; Territorial politics and government

Letter, Will [James W. Denver] to My Dear Wife
Author: Denver, James William, 1817-1892
Date: January 4, 1858

James W. Denver, governor of Kansas Territory, wrote from Lecompton, Kansas Territory to his wife. Denver mentioned the January 4, 1858 election on the Lecompton Constitution. He described the tendency of Kansas Territory residents to exaggerate claims of violence, his general dislike of Kansas, and his desire to leave the territory as soon as possible.

Keywords: Denver, James William, 1817-1892; Denver, Louisa; Election, Lecompton Constitution ratification, January 1858; Lecompton, Kansas Territory; Propaganda

Letter, Thos. A Hendricks to Dear Sir [Gov. James W. Denver]
Author: Hendricks, Thomas A.
Date: April 3, 1858

Thomas Hendricks wrote from Washington D. C. to Governor James Denver in Lecompton, Kansas Territory, providing his reaction to news of recent events in Kansas Territory. Hendricks referred to James Lane's duel challenge to Denver, and advised Denver to "give him a thrashing" should he have trouble with Lane again. Hendricks expressed his wish that the "Kansas question" should be resolved as soon as possible, and he speculated on the outcome of the bill in Congress which proposed the recognition of the Lecompton Constitution.

Keywords: Brindle, William; Crittenden Amendment; Denver, James William, 1817-1892; Hendricks, Thomas A.; Kansas question; Lane, James Henry, 1814-1866; Lecompton Constitution; National politics; United States. Congress

Letter, J. Thompson to His Excellency J. W. Denver
Author: Doniphan, J.
Date: June 21, 1858

J. Thompson wrote to his friend, James W. Denver, from the U.S. Department of the Interior regarding Denver's service as governor of Kansas Territory. Thompson briefly discussed possible candidates for appointment to the Kansas Agency, then proceeded to praise Denver at length for his good leadership of Kansas Territory, and he assured him that he had national support for his efforts. Thompson told Denver that the among the States, their party was divided over the Lecompton Constitution, but he hoped that the English Bill would allow that Constitution to be voted on again.

Keywords: Buchanan, James, 1791-1868; Denver, James William, 1817-1892; Doniphan, J.; English Bill; Indian Affairs, Commissioner of; Mix, Charles E.; Montgomery, James, 1814-1871; United States. Commissioner of Indian Affairs

Photograph, James W. Denver
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James W. Denver was the seventh Territorial Governor, serving from May 12 to July 3 and July 30 through October, 1858. He also served as acting Governor from December 21, 1857 through May 12, 1858. This photograph was taken some time after his service as Territorial Governor.

Keywords: Denver, James William, 1817-1892; Photographs and Illustrations

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Photograph, James W. Denver
Authors: No authors specified.
Date:  Circa 1857
James W. Denver was the seventh Territorial Governor, serving from May 12 to July 3 and July 30 through October, 1858. He also served as acting Governor from December 21, 1857 through May 12, 1858. This engraving was made while he was serving as a member of the 34th Congress from California, just prior to being appointed acting Territorial Governor.

Keywords: Denver, James William, 1817-1892; Engravings; Photographs and Illustrations


Address to the people of Kansas
Authors: Denver, James William, 1817-1892
Date:  December 21, 1857
Initial address from Gov. Denver indicating his instructions from the president.

Keywords: Denver, James William, 1817-1892; Territorial politics and government


Letter, Will [James W. Denver] to My Dear Wife
Authors: Denver, James William, 1817-1892
Date:  January 4, 1858
James W. Denver, governor of Kansas Territory, wrote from Lecompton, Kansas Territory to his wife. Denver mentioned the January 4, 1858 election on the Lecompton Constitution. He described the tendency of Kansas Territory residents to exaggerate claims of violence, his general dislike of Kansas, and his desire to leave the territory as soon as possible.

Keywords: Denver, James William, 1817-1892; Denver, Louisa; Election, Lecompton Constitution ratification, January 1858; Lecompton, Kansas Territory; Propaganda


Report on the result of the vote of Dec. 21, 1857 and Jan. 4, 1858 including proclamation on the official vote by acting Gov. Denver, Jan. 14, 1858
Authors: Babcock, Carmi William; Deitzler, George W.; Denver, James William, 1817-1892
Date:  January 14, 1858


Keywords: Babcock, Carmi William; Deitzler, George W.; Denver, James William, 1817-1892; Election, Lecompton Constitution ratification, December 1857; Election, Lecompton Constitution ratification, January 1858; Elections; Lecompton Constitution


Report of the President of the Council and Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Territory of Kansas, on the result of the vote of December 21st for the Lecompton Constitution, and on the result of the election of Januray 4th under said Constitution.
Authors: Babcock, Carmi William; Deitzler, George W.; Denver, James William, 1817-1892
Date:  January 14, 1858
This printed document reported the votes on the Lecompton Constitution from elections held on December 21, 1857, and January 4, 1858. It was prepared by G. W. Deitzler, Speaker of the House and C. W. Babcock, president of the Council of the territorial legislature. The vote showed a majority of 5,574 for the constitution with slavery but 3,012 of those votes came from areas the authors felt were sparsely settled and thus indicated fraudulent votes. The same charges of fraud applied to the election for state officials, though the free state candidates claimed a small majority in all races. The results of the vote on the Lecompton Constitution on January 4, 1858, showed a majority of 10,000 against the Lecompton Constitution as presented in a proclamation from J. W. Denver, Secretary and Acting Governor.

Keywords: Babcock, Carmi William; Deitzler, George W.; Denver, James William, 1817-1892; Election fraud; Election, Lecompton Constitution ratification, December 1857; Election, Lecompton Constitution ratification, January 1858; Elections; Free state activities; Free state supporters; Lecompton Constitution; Proslavery activities; Proslavery supporters


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