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Adjutant General

Adjutant General
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters are from the Adjutant General's office in regards to adjutant general affairs to Kansas Governor John Martin. A. B. Campbell, Adjutant General, and S. M. Lauham wrote letters concerning military shipments, Governor turnover, and Rock Island Arsenal and other ordinances as well as appointing military officials to the office. Signed certificates are also included in this file.


Andrew Jackson Huntoon correspondence

Andrew Jackson Huntoon correspondence
Creator: Huntoon, Andrew Jackson, d. 1902
Date: 1860-1863
Andrew Jackson Huntoon was a physician who came to Kansas in 1857, settling south of Topeka in Williamsport, Shawnee County. In 1861 he enlisted with the 5th Kansas Cavalry volunteer regiment, serving as assistant surgeon and surgeon of that group, seeing service along the Missouri border and in Arkansas. After mustering out he settled in Topeka, where he died in 1902. This collection consists primarily of letters to or from Lizzie, Huntoon's friend and later wife. Some of the content describes Indian affairs and military matters. A complete transcription is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Appointment of William H. Bush to postmaster at Pond Creek, Wallace County, Kansas

Appointment of William H. Bush to postmaster at Pond Creek, Wallace County, Kansas
Creator: Post Office Department
Date: February 02, 1869
These are appointment papers for William H. Bush from the Post Office Department. He was named the Post Master at Pond Creek, Wallace County, Kansas.


Certificate appointing James S. Emery as a Justice of the Peace for the First District, Kansas Territory

Certificate appointing James S. Emery as a Justice of the Peace for the First District, Kansas Territory
Creator: Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864
Date: November 8, 1854
Kansas Territorial Governor Andrew Reeder issued this certificate appointing James S. Emery as a justice of the peace for the Kansas Territory's First District. The boundaries of the First District are described in the document based on various geographic landmarks. The district includes the town of Lawrence and runs along the south side of the Kansas River to the Missouri state line. Its southern boundary is the Santa Fe road.


Certificate from Kansas Board of Examiners in Optometry for Broer G. Gustafson, Lawrence, Kan.

Certificate from Kansas Board of Examiners in Optometry for Broer G. Gustafson, Lawrence, Kan.
Date: 1923
This is a certificate, issued to Broer Gustaf Gustafson of Lawrence, Kansas, designating him as a registered optometrist. Mr. Gustafson owned and operated a jewelry store at 911 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence.


Certificate, James Abbott as Brigadier General

Certificate, James Abbott as Brigadier General
Date: July 15, 1857
James Lane, from the Headquarters of the Kansas Volunteers free state militia, issued this certificate to appoint James Abbott (Brigadier General of the 1st Brigade) to organize people to protect the ballot boxes during the upcoming elections. Election fraud, in the form of multiple votes cast by pro-slavery men, was a constant concern of free state supporters.


Colonel James Montgomery appointment

Colonel James Montgomery appointment
Date: June 24, 1861
This document officially appoints and commissions James Montgomery as a Colonel of the Third Regiment of Volunteers, State of Kansas--part of General Lane's Brigade. Montgomery was an obvious choice for such a post due to his experience as a Jayhawker during the Bleeding Kansas period that followed the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, as well as his ardent support of the Union at the eve of the Civil War.


Commissioner of Deeds

Commissioner of Deeds
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883: Glick)
Date: 1883-1885
These letters are from or about the Kansas Commissioner of Deeds to Kansas Governor G. W. Glick. The various letters cover topics including endorsing individuals for the commissioner position and requesting the commissioner for notaries, administering oaths, and authenticating documents especially on Native American territories. Presently, in Kansas, individual counties have a Register of Deeds office rather than a Kansas Commissioner of Deeds.


Commission, James Montgomery, captain

Commission, James Montgomery, captain
Date: September 16, 1857
This printed commission, issued from the "Head-Quarters Kansas Volunteers, For the Protection of the Ballot-Box," was given to James Montgomery and signed by J. H. Lane and M. F. Conway, adjutant general, on September 16, 1857. Montgomery was commissioned captain of the "Little Sugar Creek Company." [This would have been specifically for the territorial election held October 5, 1857.]


County Affairs, Meade County

County Affairs, Meade County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1885, are from the residents and offices of Meade County, Kansas regarding its organization to Kansas Governor John Martin. Letters discuss the appointment of county officials like the coroner, commissioners, clerk, and census taker. There are official certificates of election. A Governor's Proclamation appoints an official to verify that the county meets requirements. Many of the letters are signed petitions confirming the population requirements are met for the county's organization and a temporary county seat. Meade County was organized on November 4, 1885.


Die unterzeichnete Vorstand giebt sich die Ehre

Die unterzeichnete Vorstand giebt sich die Ehre
Creator: Hunnius, Ado, 1842-1923
Date: October 21, 1874
This item is a certificate from the Museum fur Volkerkunde (Anthropological and Ethnological Museum) in Leipzig, Germany. It was issued to Carl Julius Adolph "Ado" Hunnius by the Museum's executive committee on October 21, 1874, to certify that Hunnius would be "making collections and receiving donations for said institute" as their authorized agent. Shortly after receiving this certificate, Hunnius began gathering the data for his article "Die Indianer in der Vereinigten Staaten," which provides information on the Native American tribes in the United States of America.


Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; Exposition of the Ohio valley and central states, Cincinnati, Ohio

Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; Exposition of the Ohio valley and central states, Cincinnati, Ohio
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1888
These letters, spanning 1887 to 1888, are from various individuals regarding the Centennial Exposition of the Ohio Valley and Central States to Kansas Governor John Martin. Most of the letters discuss the appointment of delegates to the centennial exposition as well as the acceptance of those appointments. The governor appointed G. M. Stratten and G. W. Clement as the delegates. The Centennial Exposition of the Ohio Valley and Central States was held in Cincinnati, Ohio from July 4th to October 27th, 1888.


George W. Brown named agent for the Kansas Executive Committee

George W. Brown named agent for the Kansas Executive Committee
Creator: Free State Party. Executive Committee
Date: December 10, 1855
Certificate issued by the Free State Executive Committee appointing George Washington Brown, editor of the "Herald of Freedom" newspaper, as its agent to pursue immediate admission of Kansas Territory as a state under the provisions of the Topeka Constitution. James H. Lane signed the certificate as chairman of the Executive Committee.


George W. Martin certificate of appointment

George W. Martin certificate of appointment
Creator: United States. President (1861-1865 : Lincoln)
Date: March 08, 1865
This certificate appointing George W. Martin, Register of the Land Office at Junction City, Kansas. The certificate is signed by Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, and John Palmer Usher, Secretary of the Interior.


James Abbott a certified agent of the Kansas Herald of Freedom

James Abbott a certified agent of the Kansas Herald of Freedom
Creator: Brown, George W. (George Washington), 1820-1915
Date: July 10, 1855
This certificate granted James Abbott, of Blanton, Kansas Territory, agency to sell subscriptions to the Kansas Herald of Freedom newspaper. The document was signed and sealed by George W. Brown, publisher and editor of the free state paper.


James Abbott's 1856 commission as Captain in Kansas Militia

James Abbott's 1856 commission as Captain in Kansas Militia
Creator: Topliff, Charles
Date: June 28, 1856
Charles W. Topliff, Major General Commanding the Kansas Militia, issued this certificate as validation of James Abbott's commission to serve as Captain of the 2nd Company B of the Kansas Militia from June 28, 1856 until January 1, 1857.


Judicial Districts, 18th

Judicial Districts, 18th
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning December 1885, are from state officials regarding the 18th Judicial District judge to Kansas Governor John Martin. H. C. Sluss, the 18th Judicial District judge, wrote his resignation. All of the state officials recommended J. B. Wall to be Sluss' successor. An official signed document designated J. B. Wall as the 18th Judicial District judge.


Mark W. Delahay certificate of appointment

Mark W. Delahay certificate of appointment
Creator: United States. President (1861-1865 : Lincoln)
Date: July 17, 1861
This certificate appoints Mark W. Delahay, Surveyor General of the United States for the District of Kansas and Nebraska. The certificate is signed by Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, and Caleb B. Smith, Secretary of the Interior.


Mark W. Delahay certificate of appointment

Mark W. Delahay certificate of appointment
Creator: United States. President (1861-1865 : Lincoln)
Date: April 29, 1861
This certificate appoints Mark W. Delahay, Surveyor General of the United States for the District of Kansas and Nebraska. The certificate is signed by Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, and Caleb B. Smith, Secretary of the Interior.


Mark W. Delahay certificate of appointment

Mark W. Delahay certificate of appointment
Creator: United States. President (1861-1865 : Lincoln)
Date: March 15, 1864
This certificate appoints Mark W. Delahay, Judge of the District Court of the United States for the District of Kansas. The certificate is signed by Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, and William H. Seward, Secretary of State.


Mark W. Delahay certificate of appointment

Mark W. Delahay certificate of appointment
Creator: United States. President (1861-1865 : Lincoln)
Date: October 6, 1863
This certificate appoints Mark W. Delahay, Judge of the District Court of the United States for the District of Kansas. The certificate is signed by Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, and William H. Seward, Secretary of State.


Military affairs

Military affairs
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1865-1868 : Crawford)
Date: 1865-1868
These letters, spanning 1865 to 1868, are from government officials regarding military affairs to Kansas Governor Samuel Crawford. The discussions included various topics, such as promotions, individual service in the military, pay rolls, the acceptance of appointment, legislation, tender of service, recruitment, detainment, pardons, reports, special orders, and medal ceremonies.


Miscellaneous [sic]

Miscellaneous [sic]
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1863-1865 : Carney)
Date: 1862 - 1864
These letters, spanning 1862 to 1864, are from the Secretary of State's office, government officials, and other individuals regarding miscellaneous affairs to Kansas Governor Thomas Carney. The Secretary of State's office provided Carney's certification for governor. Others wrote acknowledging passed legislation resolutions, asking about the property rights of women in Kansas, discussing the governor's election and land, and requesting recruiting commissioners.


Penitentiary : Guards

Penitentiary : Guards
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879
This file includes a letter from Honorable Henry Hopkins from the penitentiary regarding the appointment of Robert Samuels to a Guardship at the penitentiary. It also discusses other individuals and appointments. Several of the other letters to Kansas Governor St. John provide recommendations for appointments within the penitentiary.


Reese P. Brown certificate of appointment

Reese P. Brown certificate of appointment
Date: November 27, 1855
This certificate issued by James H. Lane, General Commander of the First Brigade of the Kansas Volunteers, gives the proper authority to Reese P. Brown to serve as Major to defend Lawrence, Kansas Territory, from foreign invaders. Brown, a member-elect of the Topeka Legislature, was killed January 17, 1856 by a pro-slavery mob at Leavenworth.


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