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Governor Jonathan Davis to Paul Sifton

Governor Jonathan Davis to Paul Sifton
Creator: Davis, Jonathan McMillan, 1837-1893
Date: February 8, 1923
Paul Sifton with the United News of Kansas City, Missouri, contacts Kansas Governor Jonathan Davis of Topeka, Kansas, requesting a five hundred word statement on problems with the Kansas Court of Industrial Relations. The Governor campaigned on a platform to abolish the industrial court that had proven to be unpopular with many Kansas residents. The Governor writes in reply to the request "that it seems to not have engaged the mutual confidence of both employer and employee. The so-called court cannot enforce its decrees save through the civil courts, nor could it be properly clothed with power to do so." The Kansas Court of Industrial Relations was created in 1920 to mediate between labor and industry. The court was abolished in 1925.


Governor Jonathan Mcmillan Davis to Butler County Pomona Grange

Governor Jonathan Mcmillan Davis to Butler County Pomona Grange
Creator: Davis, Jonathan McMillan, 1871-1943
Date: December 1, 1923
Governor Jonathan Davis of Topeka (Shawnee County) writes the Butler County Pamona Grange in response to its resolutions condemning county road construction in Butler County. The Governor quotes his correspondence with the State Highway Engineer L. R. Tillotson who states that the state Highway Commission has no authority over county commissions. The engineer suggests the grange work to stop further petitions to the county commission for additional roads. See L. R. Tillotson to Governor Jonathan Davis, November 30, 1923.


J.J. Bulger to Governor Jonathan M. Davis

J.J. Bulger to Governor Jonathan M. Davis
Creator: Bulgar, J.J.
Date: June 22, 1923
In this letter J.J. Bulgar of Wichita, Kansas, summarizes events leading to the creation of the Kansas Court of Industrial Relations, the Kansas Supreme Court decision upholding the Industrial Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court decision that declared the Kansas law unconstitutional. In the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Chief Justice William Howard Taft argued that the Kansas law "curtails the right of the employer on the one hand, and the employee on the other, to contract about their own affairs."


Jonathan McMillan Davis

Jonathan McMillan Davis
Date: Between 1923 and 1925
Photograph of Jonathan McMillan Davis, governor of Kansas, sitting at his desk signing a bill for eight months minimum school term.


Jonathan McMillen Davis

Jonathan McMillen Davis
Date: Between 1923 and 1925
This cabinet card shows the 22nd governor of Kansas Jonathan M. Davis.


L.R. Tillotson to Governor Jonathan Mcmillan Davis

L.R. Tillotson to Governor Jonathan Mcmillan Davis
Creator: Tillotson, L. R.
Date: November 30, 1923
State Highway Engineer, Capt. L. R. Tillotson, writes the Governor regarding some opposition to county road construction in Butler County. Tillotson encloses two resolutions from the Butler County Pomona Grange opposing what its members consider needless road construction. The resolutions argue that the building of hard surface roads primarily for "city autoists" have created an unnecessarily high tax burden on the farmers which is driving them to bankruptcy and ask the Governor for assistance. The resolutions call for a halt to all road construction in Butler County until a gasoline tax can be levied for road building. A newspaper clipping from the Wichita Beacon is also enclosed regarding Butler County road construction between El Dorado (Butler County) and Wichita (Sedgwick County), the south-central urban core. See Governor Jonathan Davis to Butler County Pomona Grange, December 1, 1923.


Lloyd Kistler to Governor Jonathan Davis

Lloyd Kistler to Governor Jonathan Davis
Creator: Kistler, Lloyd K.
Date: February 12, 1923
In this letter written in Bunker Hill, Kansas, Mr. Kistler congratulates the newly elected governor on his promise to abolish the Industrial Court. Kistler, a farmer in western Kansas, tells the governor how he took up a homestead in Marshall County, Kansas, in 1869, and how over the years his political views have changed.


Petition to Governor Jonathan Davis from residents of Newton, Kansas

Petition to Governor Jonathan Davis from residents of Newton, Kansas
Creator: Patrick, W.L.
Date: February 9, 1923
Citizens of Newton, Kansas write to Governor Davis seeking repeal of the Court of Industrial Relations Law. In this petition, citizens of Newton, referring to the Industrial Court Law state, "in the opinion of undersigned, the best interests of the public at large would be best served by repeal of the aforementioned law." In seeking the position of Governor in the state of Kansas, Davis campaigned to abolish the Court of Industrial Relations. Numerous letters and petitions such as this were received holding him to his promise.


State Conference on Efficiency in Government and Proposed Legislation

State Conference on Efficiency in Government and Proposed Legislation
Creator: League of Women Voters of Kansas
Date: November 17, 1922
The League of Women Voters of Kansas organized this state wide meeting concerning efficiency in government and proposed legislation. It was held Friday, November 17, 1922, at the Topeka Y.W.C.A. Sessions focused on various areas of interest including health of children and how the legislature was organized and worked. Governor Henry J. Allen and Governor-elect Jonathan M. Davis made remarks at the luncheon. The evening speaker was William Allen White, Emporia. Representatives from government agencies and community groups attended as well as League of Women Voters members. The bottom left corner of the program is missing.


The Kansas Industrial Act as affected by the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States

The Kansas Industrial Act as affected by the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States
Creator: Huggins, William L.
Date: 1920s
In this pamphlet, William L. Huggins, author of the legislation and presiding judge of the Court of Industrial Relations provides an analysis of the supreme court decision in the case of the Charles Wolff Packing Co. vs the Court of Industrial Relations and its affect on the future of the court in Kansas.


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