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Populist guards at the Kansas Statehouse, Topeka, Kansas

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Creator: Farrow, W. F.

Date: February, 1893

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Photograph

Call Number: FK2.2 H.1893 *10

Unit ID: 24858

Summary: This is a view of Captain McDowell's provisional guards, termed "Governor Lewelling's Populist guards," in formation on the steps of the Kansas statehouse during the Populist War. This dispute began when both the Republican and Populist parties claimed victory in the Kansas House elections in 1892. A number of contests were still being disputed when the legislative session began in January 1893. The conflict between the parties reached a crisis when the Populists locked themselves in the House Hall. The Republicans used a sledgehammer to break down the doors to the hall. The governor requested support from the state militia. After a three-day standoff, Governor Lewelling was able to negotiate an agreement with the Republican speaker of the house, which amounted to a Populist surrender. The state Supreme Court ultimately ruled in favor of the Republicans.

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Title (Main title): Populist guards at the Kansas Statehouse, Topeka, Kansas


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