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  George Clarke Desk
Author: No authors specified.
Date: 1856

Desk brought to the Kansas Territory in 1855 by George Clarke, who was a Pottwatomie Indian agent and slave holder. Clarke was a notorious proslavery leader during the border war period. He was suspected of killing a free state man, Thomas W. Barber of Lawrence in 1855. While Clarke was sitting at this desk in his Lecompton home in 1856, a shot was fired at him. He was uninjured, but the bullet put a hole in his desk. Clarke was driven out of the territory in 1858.

Location of Original: KSHS/Kansas Museum of History         Call Number: 1902.11.1, Furniture/Desk, Drop-Front
Item Number: 102565              Number of images: 1
Keywords: Barber, Thomas W.; Bourbon County, Kansas Territory; Clarke, George W.; Fort Scott, Kansas Territory; House furnishings; Objects; Proslavery; Proslavery activities; Proslavery supporters; Violence; Wakarusa War, November-December 1855
Additional Information: http://www.kshs.org/cool/cooldes.htm
 
 

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