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Act of Incorporation
Author: Fields, Henry C.
Date: June 8, 1858

This handwritten copy of the act of incorporation for Wyandotte City declares that this town will be incorporated into Leavenworth County, Kansas Territory. It was decided in court after several taxpayers presented a petition requesting their incorporation into the territory and permission to establish a local government. This document was recorded by Henry C. Fields, clerk of the court at Leavenworth.

Keywords: Courts; Glick, Charles S.; Killen, Daniel; Leavenworth County, Kansas Territory; McKay, William; Petitions; Russell, George; Town settlement; Town sites; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory

Minutes, Wyandotte Board of Trustees
Author: No authors specified.
Date: June 12, 1858 - June 15, 1858

These three pages document the proceedings of the first meeting of the Wyandotte City Board of Trustees. The minutes include the listing of elected officers and the sworn oaths that each trustee will "support the Constitution of the U. S. and support the act to organize this territory." These oaths were collected over several days.

Keywords: Board of Trustees; Forsyth, Samuel E.; Glick, Charles S.; McKay, William; Minutes; Russell, George; Town development; Watson, Joseph; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory

Statute, An Act to Incorporate and Establish the City of Wyandott, Kansas Territory
Author: Kansas Territory, Legislature
Date: January 29, 1859

Printed version of the law passed in 1859 by the Kansas Territorial Legislature and signed by Governor Samuel Medary incorporating the city of Wyandott, Kansas Territory. The statute established city boundaries and the stucture and powers of the municipal government. The law was printed as Chapter 107 of the Private Laws of the 1859 Territorial Legislature.

Keywords: Kansas Territory. Legislature; Town development; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory

Grand Complimentary Ball
Author: No authors specified.
Date: July 29, 1859

This ball was being held in honor of the Democratic members of the constitutional convention that was being held in Wyandotte at Overton's Hall. Music was provided by the Wyandott Cotillion Band. Numerous people were listed as managers, floor managers, etc.

Keywords: Balls (parties); Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, July 1859; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory

Minutes, Wyandotte Mayor's Office
Author: No authors specified.
Date: October 27, 1859 - November 19, 1859

The minutes from these three meetings--October 17, November 15, and November 19--detail the workings of the mayor's office in Wyandotte, Kansas Territory. Some of the main points for discussion included plans to build a jail and a ferry for the Missouri River. Also, in the last entry, the board passed a motion that all dogs who were unmuzzled and running loose could be "lawfully slain."

Keywords: Board of Trustees; Ferries; Killen, Daniel; Leavenworth County, Kansas Territory; Minutes; Missouri River; Parr, James R.; Prisons; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory

Photograph, Joseph Pomeroy Root
Author: Langhorne, photographer
Date:

Joseph Pomeroy Root was a resident of Wyandotte. He was involved in the free state cause, including recruiting members of the Kansas Volunteers for the Protection of the Ballot Box and working for the National Kansas Committee. He served as the first Lieutenant Governor of the state of Kansas.

Keywords: Cabinet photographs; Free state supporters; Kansas Volunteers; Kansas Volunteers for the Protection of the Ballot Box; Photographs and Illustrations; Root, Joseph P., 1826-1885; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory

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