This is a photograph showing assistant sergeant at arms in the Kansas State House of Representatives in Topeka, Kansas, after peace was made between the Populists and Republicans at the conclusion of the Populist War. 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: Farrow, W. F.
Date: February 20, 1893
Item Number: 24894
Call Number: FK2.2 H.1893 *23
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 24894
Built Environment - Function - Government - Capitol
Collections - Photograph
Curriculum - The Kansas Journey - Chapter 8: Reform Movements: "It Happens First in Kansas"
Date - 1890s - 1893
Government and Politics - Political Parties - Populist
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Populism
Government and Politics - State Government - Legislature - House of Representatives
Military - Weapons - Firearms - Rifles
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Photograph
Objects and Artifacts - Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology - Armament - Armament, Firearm
Places - Cities and towns - Topeka
Places - Counties - Shawnee
Thematic Time Period - Age of Reform, 1880 - 1917 - Populism, 1890-1900
Type of Material - Photographs