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This photograph shows Speaker George L. Douglass and officers in the Kansas State House of Representatives during the Populist War, Topeka, Kansas. The officers (two of whom are not shown in the photograph) are identified as: L. S. Sears, reading clerk; Miss Bell Hallingshead (not shown), assistant docket clerk; C. C. Clevenger, sergeant at arms; Edward Wallis Hoch, speaker pro tem; John Q. Royce, assistant chief clerk; R. M. Fulton, docket clerk; Frank L. Brown, chief clerk; Charles E. Hall, journal clerk; J. A. Buckler, assistant journal clerk; B. H. Bunn, postmaster; and J. W. Miller, doorkeeper. The Populist War 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.

Date: January 1893 - February 1893

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Item Number: 24837
Call Number: FK2.2 H.1893 *1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 24837

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