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Used by Republican House Speaker George L. Douglass to smash doors to Populist-controlled House chamber during Kansas Legislative War, February 15, 1893. The 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: Atha Tool Company
Date: between 1891 and 1893

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Item Number: 24861
KSHS Identifier: 1923.36.1

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