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During the Populist War of 1893, Battery A, a militia unit from Wichita, Kansas, was stationed on the grounds outside of the Kansas State Capitol building in Topeka, Kansas. 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: Farrow, W. F.
Date: February 1893

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This image will work well with any sources related to the Populist war, including Governor Lewelling's orders, Floyd Bull's reminiscence, Remington's postcard, the written agreement that ended the standoff, and other images of the statehouse and those involved in the conflict.

KS:7th:4.2:Populism (2005)

Item Number: 237
Call Number: FK2.2 H.1893 *6
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 237

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