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The women's vote in Kansas

Adams, F. G. (Franklin George), 1824-1899

Franklin Adams, secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, wrote this pamphlet analyzing the votes cast during the April 1887 local election. This was the first election in which women in Kansas could vote in municipal elections, following the passage of a law by the Kansas Legislature in February 1887. These statistics were compiled from local newspaper reports of municipal elections and by members of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, who contacted local election officials. The pamphlet contains voting information from over 200 Kansas towns and provides useful statistics including the total population of each town, the total number of voters, and the number of male and female citizens who exercised their right to vote.


Woman suffrage in Kansas: an account of the municipal elections in Kansas in 1888, as told by the newspapers of the state

Adams, F. G. (Franklin George), 1824-1899

This pamphlet includes information on women's suffrage from Kansas newspapers in over fifty counties. A brief history of the women's voting movement in Kansas and statistics concerning the women's vote in 1887 and 1888 municipal elections are also included.


Postcard of Hodgeman County courthouse, Jetmore, Kansas

Aikin, W. F.

Hand-colored postcard view of the Hodgeman County courthouse, Jetmore, Kansas. The postcard is numbered B1740A3.


J. G. Anderson to his brother

Anderson, J. G.

Writing to his brother from Barnesville, Bourbon County, Kansas, Jeremiah Goldsmith Anderson, a native of Indiana and follower of James Montgomery in southeast Kansas, described a variety of mundane matters regarding conditions in Kansas, including land claims and the construction of a steam sawmill on the river.


The A. T. & S. F. R. R. celebration . . . Emporia

Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company

Invitation: "The Mayor, Common Council and Citzens of Emporia cordially invite you to unite with them in celebrating the completion of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad to that City, on Wednesday, September 14th. Cars will leave K. P. Depot at North Topeka, at ?"


F.J. Aufdemberge to Governor Harry Hines Woodring

Aufdemberge, F. J.

The mayor of Lincoln Center (Lincoln County), F. J. Aufdemberge, writes Governor Harry Woodring of Topeka, Kansas, with a plan to help reduce the high number of unemployed men in the state. Mr. Aufdemberge suggests that married women whose husbands are employed should be required to resign and let unemployed men have those jobs, especially in the case of women teachers employed in high schools. Between 1930 and 1933, Kansas experienced a dramatic rise in unemployment. Woodring's Governor's Committee on Unemployment favored work programs at the local level rather than cash relief programs funded by tax increases. By July 1932, Woodring appealed to the federal government for help and established the Kansas Federal Relief Committee to administer the federal programs. See Governor Harry Woodring to F. J. Aufdemberge, March 23 1932.


William Eugene Stanley

Baldwin, Fred

These two cabinet cards show William Eugene Stanley, (1844-1910). Stanley, a native of Ohio, settled in Jefferson County, Kansas in 1870 to practice law. He entered public service in 1871, by serving as the Jefferson County attorney from 1871 to 1872. A few years later he became the Sedgwick County attorney from 1874 to 1880. In 1880, he made a political bid for a seat in the Kansas House of Representatives and served one term as a Republican from the ninety-second district from 1881 to 1883. Stanley resumed his political career in 1898, when he was elected the fifteenth governor of Kansas and was re-elected in 1901. During his administration, the Kansas supreme court was increased to seven justices and funds were appropriated to finish the construction on the statehouse. Stanley left office on January 12, 1903 to return to private life in Wichita, Kansas and to practice law.


James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok

Blakeslee, W.

This studio portrait shows James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok in buckskins (1837-1876). The legendary lawman and gun-slinger began his career in 1858 as peace officer of the Monticello Township in the Kansas Territory of Johnson County. For a number of years Hickok also worked as a government scout, guide and deputy U.S. marshal across the Great Plains. His reputation as a skilled marksman proceeded him wherever he went. In 1869 Hickok was elected marshal of Hays, Kansas and sheriff of Ellis County, Kansas. A role he served until 1870. In 1871, he was hired as Abilene, Kansas' town marshal. As marshal he earned fame for being a quick draw and for spending most of his time playing cards. Hickok was killed on August 01, 1876 while playing a game of poker at a saloon in the Deadwood, Dakota Territory.


Josiah BreckBill McAfee

Bliss & Wentworth

This carte de visite shows Josiah BreckBill McAfee, (1830-1908). McAfee an ordained Lutheran minister from Pennsylvania migrated, in 1855, to Leavenworth, Kansas. A supporter of the Free-State movement, he was compelled to advocate against the teachings and beliefs of the institution of slavery in the Kansas territory. On September 1, 1862, Reverend McAfee enlisted with the Eleventh Regiment of the Kansas Volunteer Infantry and served as the first lieutenant of the company. He also served in various capacities during the war from captain to company chaplain. In 1863, McAfee was assigned to the Second Regiment of the Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry. He mustered out of the military to accept the position as private secretary to Kansas Governor Samuel Crawford, (1865-1867). On August 18, 1867, he was appointed to the position of adjutant general. McAfee's long and successful military career came to a close, on March 3, 1869, but his duties as a civil servant were far from over. From 1870 to 1871 McAfee served as mayor of Topeka, Kansas. During his term he refused to issue liquor licenses to saloon owners in the capital city and even forgave his salary as mayor to support the temperance movement. In 1883 when McAfee was elected ,to the first of three terms, to the Kansas House of Representatives from Shawnee County's 42nd District seat he continued to advocate for prohibition by serving on temperance committees. McAfee's tireless and unselfish work for the citizens of Kansas came to an end on May 19, 1908, when he passed away at the age of seventy-eight at his Topeka home.


C. E. Blood to Hiram Hill

Blood, C.E.

C. E. Blood wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts. Blood informed Hill of an upcoming meeting of the Manhattan Town Association, and told him that he should send a power of attorney to a local citizen to act as his representative. Blood also said that he had not received money for the city tax he had previously requested, and warned Hill that the city authorities would sell his lots if they were not paid.

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