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A petition from residents of Graham County requesting Kansas Governor St. John designate Hill-City, Kansas as temporary County Seat in said county. In the petition, Hill-City residents inform the Governor their names will appear on other petitions as they were under the stress of various misrepresentations made to them by the person presenting the petitions. In the late 19th century the location of County Seat was important to residents in towns of Kansas. Supporters of numerous locations within the counties of Kansas believed if their town was selected as County Seat, the success of the town would be guaranteed. The establishment of County Seat meant a courthouse would be built as well as bridges, roads, and schools. The competition of the location of County Seat among towns often resulted in bribery, fraud, and even violence.

Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: March 4, 1880

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Item Number: 455735
Call Number: Governor's Office, Governor John Pierce St. John, Correspondence Received, Subject Files, Box 8 Folder 9
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 455735

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