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During the "Populist War" of 1893, Governor Lorenzo Lewelling released this statement regarded the rightful members of the legislature who where, in his opinion, the Populists (known as the Dunsmore House). He writes that the Populists had a right to question the election because "constitutional and statutory provisions were not only disregarded but intentionally violated by those who had it in their power under form of law to rob the people of their rights." Here he is referring to the Republicans. Ultimately, as Lewelling writes, the decision would be up to the Kansas Supreme Court. This conflict had begun when two sets of legislators, one Populist and one Republican, both claimed to be the legitimately elected body. Fighting ensued in the halls of the statehouse and in Representative Hall, and Lewelling was forced to call out the National Guard to keep the peace. Ultimately, after twelve tense days, the Supreme Court determined that the Republican House (also called the Douglass House) was the rightful occupant of Representative Hall.

Creator: Topeka Populist
Date: January 20, 1893

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This article could be grouped with any of the other sources related to the Populist War, particularly the two orders issued by Lewelling, his photograph, and the agreement he helped broker that ended the standoff.

KS:7th:4.2:Populism (2005)

Item Number: 210852
Call Number: Microfilm: T2735
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210852

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