Territorial Kansas Timeline, 1854-1861
Robinson arrested in Lexington, Missouri (released on bail, Sept. 10)
of Lawrence by Sheriff
Samuel Jones and proslavery posse.
Charles Sumner from Massachusetts beaten on U.S. Senate floor after
Against Kansas” speech.
Massacre in Franklin County.
of Black Jack, near Baldwin, Douglas County.
of Topeka legislature by U.S. Army troops under command of Col.
Edwin V. Sumner.
of Franklin, near Lawrence.
Starr Hoyt, a free state supporter, killed near Fort
Saunders, twelve miles southwest of Lawrence.
of Fort Titus, near Lecompton, Douglas County.
at Osawatomie, Miami County; Frederick
Brown, the son of John
Brown, among the dead.
of Hickory Point, north of Oskaloosa, Jefferson County.
Democrat James Buchanan defeats John C. Fremont, the Republican
Party's very first presidential candidate.
Lecompton Constitution rejected in
vote in which free-staters participate; final
rejection comes on August 2, 1858.
Constitutional Convention convenes and document
approved, April 3.
by Kansas voters; rejected by U.S. Congress.
des Cygnes Massacre in Linn County.
Lane shoots and kills neighbor and fellow free stater, Gaius
Jenkins, at Lawrence over boundary dispute.
vote on the Lecompton Constitution, this one as a result of the English
bill, is held; a decisive majority of 9,512 against (actual vote:
1,788 for, 11,300 against).
Lincoln-Douglas debates begin, Ottawa, Ill.; series of seven
debates, end October 15.
John Doy and his son Charles
arrested in Kansas with thirteen fugitives and taken to Weston, Missouri,
of the Spurs, near Holton.
of Dr. John Doy of Lawrence. Although the first jury cannot agree on
a verdict, he is convicted of “negro stealing” at a second trial
in June and sentenced to five years in prison.
Fourth constitutional convention convenes at Wyandotte.
is “rescued” from a St. Joseph jail by a group of Kansas
Constitutional Convention adopts Wyandotte
Constitution, which would be the instrument under which Kansas
was admitted to the Union.
Wyandotte Constitution by nearly a 2 to 1 margin--10,421 to 5,530.
Lincoln comes to Kansas; visits several towns in northeast, including
Leavenworth and Atchison during a week-long sojourn.
Brown hanged for treason at Charlestown, Va.; charges stem from
Harpers Ferry raid.
December 6, 1859
for state officer and legislature under the Wyandotte Constitution;
Robinson of Lawrence defeated the incumbent territorial governor, Samuel
Medary. Republicans also win 86 of 100 seats in the legislature.
President James Buchanan signed
First state legislature convenes in Topeka.
Secessionist troops fire on Fort Sumter, S.C.