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Kansas Relief Committee, newspaper article

Smith, I. N.

This article, published in the Haverhill, Massachusetts Tri-Weekly Publisher, lists the contributions collected by their local Kansas Relief Committee. A number of different churches in the area donated cash, and the committee also sent varied articles of clothing (listed in the article) to General S.C. Pomeroy of Atchison.


William Addison Phillips

Portrait of William Addison Phillips, an author, lawyer, journalist and politician. In 1857, Phillips attended the Constitution Convention at Topeka and the Free State Conventions at Centropolis, Lawrence, and Grasshopper Falls. He founded the town of Salina in April, 1858. In that same month and year, Phillips was nominated at the Topeka Free-State Convention under the Leavenworth Constitution to serve as a supreme court judge. He attended the Convention at Osawatomie and the Republican State Convention at Lawrence in 1859. Phillips served in the Kansas Volunteer Regiments and rose to the rank of colonel. From March 4, 1873 to March 3, 1875 Phillips was an at large representative to the United States Congress and from March 4, 1875 to March 3, 1879 he represented the First District.


Edward Russell

This is a portrait of Edward Russell, a newspaperman and politician. He came to Kansas Territory in 1856, and located in Elwood, in Doniphan County, Kansas. Shortly after moving to Kansas, Russell started a newspaper that espoused the free-state side. In August, 1858, he lobbied Doniphan county citizens against the Lecompton Constitution. In that same year, Russell, D. W. Wilder and others founded a free-state paper. Russell later served in the Kansas legislature, and held several state offices.


B. W. Lewis Bros. To Governor Thomas Carney

B. W. Lewis Bros.

B. W. Lewis Bros. of Glasgow, Missouri, writes Governor Thomas Carney of Topeka, Kansas, concerning its plan to send emancipated slaves to Kansas. The letter claims a high number of slaves are escaping their masters and are only recovered at considerable expense. The firm outlines a plan to free its slaves by November 1, 1863 and send them to Kansas by boat. The letter asks Governor Carney if he is aware of any objections to this plan. The letter claims that most of the slaves near Glasgow will have escaped to Kansas by year's end. President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves in areas controlled by Confederate forces, became effective January 1, 1863. As a Union slave state, Missouri was not legally affected by the proclamation.


Hugh A. Cook with his wife and children

Lamon, W. H.

Portrait of Mr. & Mrs. Hugh A. Cook and their three eldest children. He was the second Sheriff of Franklin County, Kansas. Photo taken by W. H. Lamon, Lawrence, Kansas.


Hugh A. Cook with his wife and children

Lamon, W. H.

Portrait of Mr. & Mrs. Hugh A. Cook with three children and their dog. Cook was the second Sheriff of Franklin County, Kansas. Photo taken by W. H. Lamon of Lawrence, Kansas.


Samuel A. Riggs to Governor Charles Robinson

Riggs, Samuel A.

Samuel A. Riggs, District Attorney of the Fourth Judicial District of Lawrence, writes Governor Charles Robinson of Topeka concerning William Ford who was convicted of 1st degree murder and sentenced to hang on September 1, 1862. Riggs notifies the governor that Ford has filed a petition requesting a reversal of his death sentence due to possible errors committed during the trial. Riggs considers this a fair request and recommends postponing the sentence until such errors can be considered by the Supreme Court. In 1862, the State Legislature reactivated a death penalty for 1st degree murder originally enacted in 1859. The legislature passed a death penalty for treason against the state the previous year.


Major Abbott's sword

Ames Manufacturing Company

Model 1840 Noncommissioned Officers Sword, with brass hilt and steel blade and scabbard, which includes a cotton sword case. Acquired by Major James B. Abbott in 1855, probably from the Ames Manufacturing Company of Cabotville, Massachusetts. Abbott used the sword throughout the Kansas Territorial troubles and through to Price Raid of the Civil War.


African American woman tintype

A tintype of an unidentified African American woman. This photo was passed down through generations of the Platt family. Jireh Platt was an active abolitionist in Mendon, Illinois. His sons Enoch and Luther, members of the Beecher Bible and Rifle Colony, settled in Wabaunsee County, Kansas Territory, where they operated a station on the Underground Railroad. The Platts may have helped this woman escape to freedom. The fact that she is wearing a wedding ring is significant, as slaves weren't legally allowed to marry.


Henry Booth

A portrait of Captain Henry Booth, who served as a captain in Company L, 11th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry during the Civil War. He was an early organizer of Pawnee County, and one of the first representatives to the Kansas Legislature. Booth later worked in the land office in Larned, Kansas.

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