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Greenwood Town Association

Greenwood Town Association
Creator: Brewster, W.L.
Date: May 05, 1856
This item dates from the early territorial period of Kansas, and it indicates that one share of the town property belonging to the Greenwood Town Association was transferred to A.G. Otis. Once a part of the lands set aside for the settlement of Indians, Greenwood was established by white settlers shortly after the creation of the Kansas and Nebraska territories in 1854.


Henry Joseph Adams portrait

Henry Joseph Adams portrait
Creator: Stone, George M.
Date: 1894
An oil painting of Henry Joseph Adams, painted by George M. Stone. Adams came to Kansas in March, 1855, settled in Leavenworth, and became active in free-state causes. In the winter of 1855, he was elected to the free-state Legislature. In the spring of 1857, Adams was elected the first free-state mayor of Leavenworth and served two terms. In the 1858 Territorial Legislature, he was appointed chairman of the committee to investigate the Oxford, Kickapoo and other election frauds under the Lecompton Constitution. Under an act of the 1859 Territorial Legislature, Adams was appointed to a committee to audit the claims against the Federal Government by citizens of the Territory for losses sustained through the plunder and destruction of private property by pro-slavery forces. Shortly after the Civil War started, Adams was appointed an army pay master and he held this post until near the war's end.


Land warrant correspondence

Land warrant correspondence
Creator: Adams, Henry J.
Date: October 7, 1862
These two items deal with the manner in which warrants were handled by the General Land Office a number of years after the founding of that office. The first item is a signed document indicating that "Elizabeth Iron Sides is the Job Surveying heir of Thar-cah-mi-qui, a Shawnee Indian deceased, and that she is competent to manage her own affairs and dispose of her property." The document was signed by Shawnee Chief Charles Bluejacket and Shawnee Chief Eli Blackhoof, as well as Matthew King and Solomon Maden. The second item is a letter from Henry J. Adams to George A. Root of the Kansas Historical Society. In the letter to Root, Adams explains that warrants were typically handled in such a way "for many years following the organization of the Federal Land Office."


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