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This memorandum details the agreement between Populist governor Lorenzo Lewelling and the Republican (Douglass) House that ended the standoff known as the Legislative (or Populist) War of 1893. During this conflict, the Republican Party and the Populist Party both claimed to have a legal majority in the state House of Representatives, coming to blows over possession of Representative Hall in the statehouse. Among other things, this agreement dictated that "no arrests -- be made by either House," and that the militia be disbanded before more soldiers arrived in Topeka. Attached to the agreement is a statement by George Douglass, leader of the Republicans, stating that this memorandum was not intended to determine which house was legitimately elected. Both documents were signed by Governor Lewelling, Douglas, D. W. Eastman, and J. K. Cubbison. Also attached is a letter from Lewelling to George Martin, head of the Kansas State Historical Society; Lewelling wanted to ensure that a copy of the document would be preserved for posterity.

Creator: Lewelling, Lorenzo Dow, 1846-1900
Date: February 17, 1893

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This source can provide details on the conclusion of the Populist War. It would work well with photographs of the militia units stationed outside the statehouse, Governor Lewelling's directive to Colonel Hughes and his order to the Republicans, the statement made by the Republican House, the newspaper article stating Lewelling's position on the matter, and Floyd Bull's reminiscence of the conflict.

KS:7th:4.2:Populism (2005)

Item Number: 210826
Call Number: Legislature History (Coll. 614), Box 1, Folder Legislature 1893
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210826

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