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Letter, W. [William] A. Phillips to S. [Samuel] N. Wood
Author: Phillips, William A. (William Addison), 1824-1893
Date: January 5, 1860

This letter from W. A. Phillips, Salina, to S. N. Wood, then serving in the territorial legislature, which had adjourned to Lawrence the previous day, expressed concern with regard to several local issues. He was especially troubled by the prospects of a renewed effort on the part of Junction City men "to steal a portion of Dickinson county." The boundary lines of both Saline and Dickinson counties should be left as they were, according to Phillips, who insisted the affected population agreed with him.

Keywords: Dickinson County, Kansas Territory; Junction City, Kansas Territory; Phillips, William A. (William Addison), 1824-1893; Salina, Kansas Territory; Saline County, Kansas Territory; Smoky Hill Valley, Kansas Territory; Territorial road; Wood, S. N. (Samuel Newitt)

Letter, W. A. Phillips to S. N. Wood
Author: Phillips, William A. (William Addison), 1824-1893
Date: January 29, 1860

William A. Phillips was snow bound in Salina and wrote to encourage Wood to look after Salina's interests in the legislature. He was especially concerned about the potential effort by men from Junction City to promote their town at the expense of Salina, through the acquisition of "special legislative privileges." Phillips specifically mentioned the development of the "Pikes Peak road"--"I would rather nothing was done with any Pikes Peak road, or stage route this way, unless it is to be controlled by good reliable men, and not a cabal at Junction City." He expressed concern also about legislative actions that would allow a monopoly on bridge building, railroad charters and the location of such roads, and post offices.

Keywords: Admission, Kansas (see also Statehood); Dickinson County, Kansas Territory; Economic development; Junction City, Kansas Territory; Phillips, William A. (William Addison), 1824-1893; Pikes Peak road, Kansas Territory; Railroads; Reynolds, Robert; Salina, Kansas Territory; Saline County, Kansas Territory; Solomon, Kansas Territory; Town promotion; Wood, S. N. (Samuel Newitt)

Photograph, William Addison Phillips
Author: No authors specified.
Date: c. 1857

Portrait of William Addison Phillips, an author, lawyer, journalist and politician. In 1857, Phillips attended the Constitution Convention at Topeka and the Free State Conventions at Centropolis, Lawrence, and Grasshopper Falls. He founded the town of Salina in April, 1858. In that same month and year, Phillips was nominated at the Topeka Free-State Convention under the Leavenworth Constitution to serve as a supreme court judge. He attended the Convention at Osawatomie and the Republican State Convention at Lawrence in 1859. Phillips served in the Kansas Volunteer Regiments and rose to the rank of colonel. From March 4, 1873 to March 3, 1875 Phillips was an at large representative to the United States Congress and from March 4, 1875 to March 3, 1879 he represented the First District.

Keywords: Nichols, A. C.; Phillips, William A. (William Addison), 1824-1893; Photographs and Illustrations

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