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This is a view of the State militia called out by Governor Lorenzo Lewelling to evict Speaker George L. Douglass and his supporters (known as the "Douglass House") from the Kansas House of Representatives in Topeka, Kansas, 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 16, 1893

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Item Number: 24870
Call Number: FK2.2 H.1893 *17
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 24870

Door to the House of Representatives, Kansas Capitol, Topeka, Kansas Populist guards at the Kansas Statehouse, Topeka, Kansas Members of the Kansas legislature, Topeka, Kansas

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