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Executive Order No. 2, Governor Lorenzo Lewelling

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Creator: Lewelling, Lorenzo Dow, 1846-1900

Date: February 15, 1893

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Legislature History (Coll. 614), Box 1, Folder Legislature 1893

Unit ID: 210830

Summary: Kansas governor Lorenzo Lewelling issued this executive order in response to the standoff that would become known as the Legislative War of 1893. During this conflict, the Republican (Douglass) House and the Populist (Dunsmore) House both claimed to have been the legally elected House of Representatives for the state. Consequently, both attempted to conduct business in Representative Hall, ignoring the presence of each other and spending day and night in the chambers to prevent the other side from gaining control. On February 13, 1893, however, the Populists barricaded the hall while the Republicans were away, preventing the Republican congressmen from re-entering the chambers. The Republican house responded by battering the hall doors with sledgehammers and posting armed guards to protect the hall. At that point Governor Lewelling issued this order, demanding that the Republicans disband and "vacate such Hall and the approaches thereunto under penalty of forcible expulsion." The Republicans refused, and after a tense standoff, on February 25 the Kansas Supreme Court affirmed the validity of the Republican House, thus ending the "war."

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Title (Main title): Executive Order No. 2, Governor Lorenzo Lewelling


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