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Address to the Voters of Kansas

Address to the Voters of Kansas
Creator: Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891
Date: September 25, 1867
The numerous authors of this pamphlet (Republicans) support the constitutional amendments to approve voting rights for blacks, for women, and to restrict voting rights to "loyal persons." They offer arguments for their position as well as criticizing the Democratic Party in Kansas for their opposition to these amendments. Forty five men signed the document, which was the result of a meeting in Lawrence. The following signed the document S. C. Pomeroy, Atchison; E. G. Ross, Lawrence; S. J. Crawford, Topeka; N. Green, Manhattan; Chas. Robinson, Lawrence; Geo T. Anthony, Leavenworth; Lewis Bodwell, Topeka; R. B. Taylor, editor Wyandotte Gazette; J. P. Root, Whandotte; James Rogers, Burlingame; S. Weaver, Editor Lecompton New Era; L. R. Elliott, Editor Atchison Daily Free Press; W. A. Starrett, Lawrence; Wm. Larimer, Jr., Leavenworth; John Ritchie, Topeka; John Ekin, Topeka; Sol. Miller, Editor White Cloud Chief; A. H. Foote, Lawrence; C. B. Lines, Wabaunsee; R. G. Elliott, Jefferson county; G. A. Crawford, Bourbon county; John Speer, Kansas Tribune; A. Low, Doniphan; R. W. Jenkins, Pottawatomie county; Ed. Russell, Leavenworth; J. H. Pillsbury, Editor Manhattan Independent; S. D. Houston, Manhattan; W. K. Marshall, Atchison; F. G. Adams, Kennekuk; P. L. Hubbard, Atchison; A. Hunting, Manhattan; J. B. Abbott, De Soto; Joseph Denison, Manhattan; T. H. Baker, Manhattan, H. W. Farnsworth, Topeka; I. H. Smith, Topeka; D. R. Anthony, Leavenworth; G. W. Higginbotham, Manhattan; John Pipher, Manhattan, R. L. Harford, Manhattan; Jas. Humphrey, Manhattan; Wm McKay, Manhattan; R. P. Duvall, Manhattan; Pardee Butler, Pardee; and L. F. Green, Baldwin City. Only the language restricting voting to "loyal" persons was passed in the election on November 5, 1867. Blacks and women were not given voting rights as a result of the 1867 election.


Biographical circulars

Biographical circulars
Date: 1890-1899
This collection consists of biographical forms sent by F. G. Adams, secretary of the Kansas Historical Society, to individuals whose names appeared in historically significant materials in the collections of the Kansas Historical Society. The responses are arranged alphabetically by last name. Biographical information may include full name, place and date of birth, place and date of settlement, present residence, place and date of death, official positions, and/or addresses of family members.


Bluemont Central College (later Kansas State University) founders and early professors, Manhattan, Kansas

Bluemont Central College (later Kansas State University) founders and early professors, Manhattan, Kansas
Date: 1863
This is a photograph of Robert L. Harford, J. G. Schnebly, Washington Marlatt, Joseph Denison, and Isaac T. Goodnow, the first five professors at Bluemont Central College, which later became Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.


C. E. Blood to Isaac Tichenor Goodnow

C. E. Blood to Isaac Tichenor Goodnow
Creator: Blood, C.E.
Date: June 20, 1859
C. E. Blood wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to Isaac Goodnow, imparting that the steamboat Gus Linn had arrived in Manhattan and a Mr. Devivilvi [Devivaldi] brought along his printing press and other equipment. The newspaper was then a "fixed and permanent fact." Blood updated Goodnow on the status of construction at the College and Joseph Denison's new home. He closed by reporting a rumor that there was a Republican majority in the Constitutional Convention at Wyandotte.


Henry L. Denison to Joseph Denison

Henry L. Denison to Joseph Denison
Creator: Denison, Henry
Date: May 11, 1859
Henry Denison wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to his uncle, Joseph Denison, who was traveling away from home. Henry reported that the cornerstone of Bluemont College had been laid the day before, and described the festivities, including speeches and the planting of a kind of time capsule behind the cornerstone. He added that crops had sprouted and were growing beautifully; emigrants continued to pass through on their way to Pikes Peak.


Henry L. Denison to Joseph Denison

Henry L. Denison to Joseph Denison
Creator: Denison, Henry
Date: December 22, 1860
Henry Denison wrote from Bluemont College in Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to his uncle Joseph Denison, who was a Trustee of the College. Henry, who was preparing to begin the fourth term of school, reported that the contractor, Mr. Braus, was finishing work on the doorframes and mopboards of the school building, and that Washington Marlott, a Trustee of the College, would be teaching during the upcoming term.


Indenture, purchase of town lots by Bluemont College Trustees

Indenture, purchase of town lots by Bluemont College Trustees
Date: December 21, 1858
This indenture outlines the terms of a sale of thirteen acres of land, sold by Thomas and Eleanor Wells to the Trustees of the Bluemont Central College Association, which included as its members Joseph Denison, Isaac Goodnow, Samuel D. Houston, Washington Marlott, C.E. Blood, and William A. McCullow.


Isaac Tichenor Goodnow to Ellen Douglas Denison Goodnow

Isaac Tichenor Goodnow to Ellen Douglas Denison Goodnow
Creator: Goodnow, Isaac T. (Isaac Tichenor), 1814-1894
Date: April 15, 1857
Isaac Goodnow wrote from Nebraska City, Nebraska Territory, to his wife Ellen in Kansas Territory. Goodnow was traveling in order to raise money and support for the construction of a college in Manhattan. He was positive about the prospects, but also felt the whole endeavor was an "uphill business." Goodnow thought that, with his friend Joseph Denison as General Financial Agent, the idea would go through.


Isaac Tichenor Goodnow to Joseph Denison

Isaac Tichenor Goodnow to Joseph Denison
Creator: Goodnow, Isaac T. (Isaac Tichenor), 1814-1894
Date: May 7, 1859
Isaac Goodnow wrote en route to New England from Leavenworth, Kansas Territory, to Joseph Denison in Manhattan. Goodnow told Denison to expect a shipment of 36 tons of lumber and building supplies to be brought on the steamboat "Gus Linn", which was build specifically to navigate the Kansas River. He also wished that Denison dispose of two yokes of steers, in order to pay on the College.


Isaac Tichenor Goodnow to Joseph Denison

Isaac Tichenor Goodnow to Joseph Denison
Creator: Goodnow, Isaac T. (Isaac Tichenor), 1814-1894
Date: May 16, 1859
Isaac Goodnow wrote from his travels in New England to Joseph Denison. Goodnow was concerned that the finances of the College were being handled carelessly, as he had received word that city taxes had been paid on College lots when it was his understanding they were not even eligible to be taxed. He also stressed that the building supply accounts be kept organized. Goodnow included checks amounting to $150 with his letter to Denison.


Isaac Tichenor Goodnow to William Claflin

Isaac Tichenor Goodnow to William Claflin
Creator: Goodnow, Isaac T. (Isaac Tichenor), 1814-1894
Date: June 16, 1859
Isaac T. Goodnow, traveling in New England, wrote to William Claflin. Goodnow told Claflin that he and Joseph Denison wished to honor him by naming their first building at Bluemont Central College "Claflin Hall". He promoted the College as to become the Harvard College of Central Kansas, and emphasized that Claflin would get more for his money investing in a "rising state" than he would in an older state.


Joseph Denison to Isaac Goodnow

Joseph Denison to Isaac Goodnow
Creator: Denison, Joseph, 1815-1900
Date: August 28, 1859
Joseph Denison attached this letter to Isaac Goodnow to the end of a longer one written by Isaac's wife, Ellen. Denison advised Goodnow to purchase insurance for the college buildings, as soon as possible, to prevent a large investment loss. He also suggested that, once the roof of the building was completed, someone sleep there at night to provide it some security. Denison added that the railroad from Wyandotte to Fort Riley now had a stop, complete with a depot, in Manhattan, Kansas.


Joseph Denison to Isaac Goodnow

Joseph Denison to Isaac Goodnow
Creator: Denison, Joseph, 1815-1900
Date: June 21, 1860
Joseph Denison wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to Isaac Goodnow. Denison reported that Charles de Vivaldi, editor and owner of the Manhattan Express newpaper, was having financial trouble. He asserted that it was in their own best interest to help him out, lest the demise of the newspaper "discourage & sour" their investors. Such a loss of confidence would "injure the College and all other enterprises here beyond calculation." Denison also congratulated himself and Goodnow on thus far avoiding legal trouble related to the construction of Bluemont College.


Joseph Denison to Isaac Goodnow

Joseph Denison to Isaac Goodnow
Creator: Denison, Joseph, 1815-1900
Date: September 7, 1859
Joseph Denison wrote from Soldier Creek, Jackson County, Kansas Territory, to Isaac Goodnow. Denison reported on the construction of the Bluemont College building, advising him that the lower floor would need plastering before classes could be held there in the coming winter. He recounted the sinking of the steamer "Gus Linn," which was carrying building supplies for the College, on a sandbar in the Kansas River. Denison recommended that Goodnow purchase a common seal for the Trustees of Bluemont College to use on legal documents.


Joseph Denison to Isaac Goodnow

Joseph Denison to Isaac Goodnow
Creator: Denison, Joseph, 1815-1900
Date: November 9, 1860
Joseph Denison wrote from Cincinatti, Ohio, to Isaac Goodnow, who was also traveling in the East. Denison had been traveling in the Midwest as part of an effort to raise a relief fund for citizens of Kansas Territory who had suffered as a result of a severe drought. He reported his fellow churchmen and abolitionists were eager to help, as they believed that "the recent Republican victories are due in great part to the settlers and sufferers in Kansas," and his belief that "if the Mission Committee fail to do for the Preachers of Kansas they must be helped outside or they will be starved out of the Territory."


Joseph Denison to Isaac Goodnow

Joseph Denison to Isaac Goodnow
Creator: Denison, Joseph, 1815-1900
Date: May 21, 1860
Joseph Denison wrote from Powhattan, Brown County, Kansas Territory, to Isaac Goodnow regarding issues of management of the church and college they had recently constructed. Denison had discovered that, due to the state of their treasury, some property must be sold in order to pay the taxes on the church lots. He also worried about the state of Bluemont College, as it had thus far attracted only 20 students.


Joseph Denison to Isaac Tichenor Goodnow

Joseph Denison to Isaac Tichenor Goodnow
Creator: Denison, Joseph, 1815-1900
Date: June 8, 1859
Joseph Denison wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to Isaac Goodnow, who was traveling in New England. Denison reported recent college construction expenditures to Goodnow, illustrating his attempts to "financier as faithfully and as economically" as he could, and updated his on the construction's progress. He encouraged Goodnow to sell city lots and obtain land warrants, both of which were in high demand.


Joseph Denison to Isaac Tichenor Goodnow

Joseph Denison to Isaac Tichenor Goodnow
Creator: Denison, Joseph, 1815-1900
Date: May 6, 1857
Joseph Denison wrote from Parkville, Missouri, to Isaac Goodnow, who was traveling . Denison reported that his solicitations for support of a college in Manhattan, Kansas Territory, had recently been well received. Among the interested parties were C. Evans and P. Judson of Evanstan, Illinois, who had been successful in building up Northwestern University in that area. Samuel Pomeroy also conveyed his interest, having pledged an investment to the cause on behalf of the New England Emigrant Aid Company.


Minutes, meetings "on the behalf of sufferers in Kansas"

Minutes, meetings "on the behalf of sufferers in Kansas"
Creator: Denison, Joseph, 1815-1900
Date: December 3, 1860
Joseph Denison recorded minutes of preliminary meetings that organized efforts to raise money and donations on behalf of the citizens of Kansas Territory, who had suffered as a result of severe drought. Included is an announcement entitled "The Kansas Famine," that predicted at least 30,000 in the Territory would "inevitably perish during the coming winter" were help not secured.


Resolution of the Boston Preacher's Meeting

Resolution of the Boston Preacher's Meeting
Date: July 20, 1857
This resolution, "unanimously adopted" by the members of the Boston Preacher's Meeting, approved the establishment of Blue Mont Central College near Manhattan, Kansas Territory, by Reverend Joseph Denison, an "old friend" of the Boston Preachers. Denison had emigrated to K.T. following Isaac Goodnow, and was working with him to obtain support for the college.


William H Goode to Joseph Denison

William H Goode to Joseph Denison
Creator: Goode, William H.
Date: July 18, 1859
William Goode wrote to Joseph Denison from a camp at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Goode described "forbidding" circumstances at the start of their journey West, having met a "great stampede" of settlers returning East. However, upon arrival at the mining operations, Goode found the settlement orderly, provisions plentiful, and the landscape beautiful. Though he hesitated to speculate, Goode predicted that the following year would be prosperous for mining enterprises.


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