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Attorney General

Attorney General
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1888
These letters, spanning 1888, are from the Attorney General, S. B. Bradford, to Kansas Governor John Martin. The topics of the letters include warrants, sheriff, requisitions, pardons, and various cases. There are also official signed documents.


Crime and criminals, Miscellaneous

Crime and criminals, Miscellaneous
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1877-1879: Anthony)
Date: 1877 - 1878
The documents in this file pertain to various matters concerning crime and criminals in Kansas. J. A. Wells of Lawrence, Kansas, asks Governor Anthony if he knows of anyone wanted by the State of Kansas that engaged in the massacre and burning of Lawrence during the Quantrill Raid. A letter on August 21, 1877, from G. M. Doolittle of Lampasas, Texas, requests a list of the fugitives from Kansas and what they are charged with. A letter on October 13, 1877, from the F. E. Wilson, Sheriff of Comanche, Texas, writes to requests a list of fugitives from Kansas. The remainder of the documents are Special Orders from the Army Headquarters in Washington, D.C., by the direction of the Secretary of War, concerning the sentences of specific individuals.


Crime & Criminals: Miscellaneous : Bancroft Case

Crime & Criminals: Miscellaneous : Bancroft Case
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1881
A letter from E. P. Bancroft provides Kansas Governor St. John details of his arrest, trial, and conviction. In the letter Bancroft asks the Governor to pardon his remaining term. A separate letter from U. A. Albin, a Representative from the Kansas State Legislature, approves the Governors refusal to pardon to E. P. Bancroft from his release as the correct action. The last document is a copy of the verdict and judgment of E. P. Bancroft on October 21, 1879.


Crime & Criminals: Miscellaneous : Report of Commutations of Sentence

Crime & Criminals: Miscellaneous : Report of Commutations of Sentence
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1880
The reports in this file are related to Kansas Governor St. John granting commutations of sentence to specific individuals convicted of a crime. Commutation of sentence is when a reduction in a sentence takes place such as a death sentence being commuted to a sentence of life in prison.


Crime & Criminals: Miscellaneous : Report of Pardons granted

Crime & Criminals: Miscellaneous : Report of Pardons granted
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1880
The following is a report of pardons granted by Kansas Governor St. John in 1879 and 1880. The report includes the date, name of convicted person, county, crime, and the sentence.


Criminal matters

Criminal matters
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1863-1865 : Carney)
Date: 1863 - 1864
These letters, spanning 1863 to 1864, are from government officials and other individuals to Kansas Governor Thomas Carney regarding criminal matters. The correspondents wrote, with signed petitions, about individual cases (i.e.- the McReynolds case), pardons, restoration of citizenship, prisoner escapes, and out of state requisitions.


Criminal matters

Criminal matters
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1869
A letter from A. J. Hughes of Council Grove, Kansas, informs Governor Harvey the citizens desire that an award is offered for the capture of William Polk, who murdered William Hess. A clipping of a reward offer from Morris County Sheriff, W.D. Kahl. A letter from A. Danford notifies Kansas Governor Harvey papers will be forwarded in a day or two from the Governor of Texas for a requisition of James Tyler for a crime committed. A letter from Warden of the Kansas State Penitentiary, J. L. Philbrick, requests a pardon for Harvey A. Brown and his citizenship restored. A letter from Colonel George Gibson writes to the Governor concerning the case against Bob Conners, who is confined in the guardhouse in Fort Hays. Additional correspondence to Governor Harvey is in regard to criminal affairs in the State of Kansas.


Criminal matters

Criminal matters
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1865-1868 : Crawford)
Date: 1865-1868
These letters, spanning 1865 to 1868, are from government officials regarding criminal matters to Kansas Governor Samuel Crawford. The officials wrote about individual cases, pardons, hangings, and requisitions.


Criminal Matters : General Correspondence

Criminal Matters : General Correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883: Glick)
Date: 1883-1885
These letters are from individuals, sheriff offices, and government offices about criminal matters to Kansas Governor G. W. Glick. There are letters concerned with offering a reward, receiving the reward, requesting pardons, and requisitions. There are also copies of official judgements, affidavits, and warrants of the criminal cases. Many of the letters and documents cover the McMillan murder and the unknown individuals of the crime. There are also many letters and documents on the W. H. Amsbaugh case.


Criminal Matters : U.S. Army prisoners at Kansas State Penitentiary

Criminal Matters : U.S. Army prisoners at Kansas State Penitentiary
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883: Glick)
Date: 1883-1885
All of these letters are from the federal Adjutant General's office to Kansas Governor G. W. Glick regarding U.S. Army prisoners at the Kansas State Penitentiary. The orders in the letters include the sentence of confinement as well as pardons. In this file, 31 U.S. Army officials were sentenced to or pardoned from the Kansas State Penitentiary directed by the Secretary of War.


Criminal Records; Miscellaneous

Criminal Records; Miscellaneous
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1885 to 1888, are from or about the Kansas Penitentiary regarding criminal matters of Kansas to Kansas Governor John Martin. The letters cover various topics including pardons, the Board of Pardons, receiving prisoners, individual inmates, prohibition, requisitions, complaints, warrants, and testimonies. There is also a signed petition requesting justice for a lynched man, Frank W. Bonham, who also did not receive a fair trial.


Criminal Records; US Army Prisoners

Criminal Records; US Army Prisoners
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1885 to 1886, are from the Adjutant General's office regarding US Army prisoners to Kansas Governor John Martin. All of the signed official letters sentence individuals to or release individuals from the Kansas State Penitentiary. The Kansas State Penitentiary was founded in 1868 and located in Lansing, Kansas.


Lee Bell, Prisoner 6483

Lee Bell, Prisoner 6483
Creator: Kansas State Penitentiary
Date: October 04, 1938
This photograph shows inmate Lee Bell 6483. He was received at the Kansas State Penitentiary when he was 32 years old from Osborne, Kansas for grand larceny. He was sentenced one to five years. Lee was paroled on June 08, 1942.


Pardons, Board of

Pardons, Board of
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1885 to 1888, are from the Board of Pardons regarding their general affairs to Kansas Governor John Martin. The board wrote to Martin about their meetings, pardons for individuals including Carry Owens, and the publishing of information.


Penitentiary

Penitentiary
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1873-1877 : Osborn)
Date: 1874 - 1876
The following correspondence pertains to matters related to the Penitentiary in Kansas. A letter on February 20, 1874, from A. J. Angell, President of Board of Directors of the Kansas State Penitentiary, forwards statements and conditions of accounts related to the boarding and clothing of U. S. Civil prisoners for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 1873. A letter on February 16, 1876, from Henry Hopkins, Warden of the Penitentiary, encloses copies of the opinion of Judge Foster, U. S. Court, and Attorney General Randolph concerning the discharge of certain prisoners from the Penitentiary because of an error in a sentence.


Penitentiary, Kansas State

Penitentiary, Kansas State
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1877-1879: Anthony)
Date: 1877 - 1878
The documents in this file pertain to topics related to the Kansas State Penitentiary. This description does not cover all the documents in this file. A letter on January 12, 1877, from Warden, Harry Hopkins states he has written a bill after carefully reading Governor Anthony's message. In the letter, H. Hopkins asks if the requirements of the bill meet Governor Anthony's views. A letter on April 13, 1877, from Hopkins, returns the Citizen Papers of W. J. Burns, convict of Chase County, and states his sentence does not expire until next December. A letter on July 13, 1877m from Hopkins, encloses communication in the case of John W. Bagby in which he gives his thanks to Governor Anthony and expresses he will endeavor to lead a correct life in the future. Additional correspondence discusses discharges of convicts, communications of sentences, meetings, as well as other related topics.


Penitentiary, Kansas State: Wardens, Clerks, Board

Penitentiary, Kansas State: Wardens, Clerks, Board
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1885 to 1889, are from wardens, clerks, and the board of the Kansas State Penitentiary regarding the penitentiary's general affairs to Kansas Governor John Martin. The letters include various topics such as investigations of corruption, pardons for individuals, reports of the conduct of convicts, building maintenance, individual cases, and prison statistics. There are also official letters with lists of individuals pardoned with their county, crime, date of sentence, term, and date of discharge.


Penitentiary, restored rights of citizenship

Penitentiary, restored rights of citizenship
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883: Glick)
Date: 1883-1885
These official letters are from the office of the warden, W. C. Jones, of the Kansas State Penitentiary to Kansas Governor G. W. Glick. Each letter restores the rights of citizenship to the individuals in the penitentiary. Their name, date of sentence, crime, county, term, and date of discharge is recorded.


Penitentiary, Warden's Acknowledgements

Penitentiary, Warden's Acknowledgements
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879
Many of the documents in this file are related to restoring civil rights to individuals who were convicts from various counties in Kansas. These letters are written to Kansas Governor St. John from the Warden of the penitentiary acknowledging the receipt of pardons for certain individuals and the restoration of their civil rights.


T.R. Blankenship, prisoner 3855

T.R. Blankenship, prisoner 3855
Creator: Kansas State Penitentiary
Date: 1910-1912
This series of photograph show inmate T.R. Blakenship, 3855. He was received at the Kansas State Penitentiary when he was 30 years old under false pretenses for a draft on a bank in North Dakota. He was sentenced to one to five years in the penitentiary.


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