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This photograph shows a mob in front of the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas, on February 15, 1893, after an attempt was made to disarm a member of the militia 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.

Creator: Farrow, W. F.
Date: February 15, 1893

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Item Number: 24839
Call Number: FK2.2 H.1893 *2
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 24839

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