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A petition from legal electors of Graham County requesting Kansas Governor St. John designate Gettysburg, Kansas as the temporary County Seat for the county of Graham. The petition contains several signatures from the petitioners as well as their location, town, range, and date of residency in the State of Kansas. 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 23, 1880

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Item Number: 455742
Call Number: Governor's Office, Governor John Pierce St. John, Correspondence Received, Subject Files, Box 8 Folder 16
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 455742

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