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On this postcard Republican representative Jeremiah Remington declared that his party was "holding the house, [and] have slept in chairs all night." On January 10th, both Republicans and Populists stayed the night at the capitol, refusing to leave after both parties elected full sets of officers. The dispute began when both the Republican and Populist parties claimed victory in the Kansas House elections in 1892. A number of contests were still being disputed when the legislative session began in January 1893. The conflict between the parties reached a crisis when the Populists locked themselves in the House Hall. The Republicans used a sledgehammer to break down the doors to the hall. The governor requested support from the state militia. After a three-day standoff, Governor Lewelling was able to negotiate an agreement with the Republican speaker of the house, which amounted to a Populist surrender. The state Supreme Court ultimately ruled in favor of the Republicans.

Creator: Remington, Jeremiah Berger
Date: January 11, 1893

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This works in tandem with other sources regarding the Populist War, including images, Gov. Lewelling's executive orders, the statement of the Republican house, Floyd Bull's reminiscence, and the agreement that ended the conflict.

KS:7th:4.2:Populism (2005)

Item Number: 210831
Call Number: Legislature History (Coll. 614), Box 1, Folder Legislature 1893
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210831

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