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Author: Goodin, Joel Kishler; Lane, James Henry, 1814-1866
Date: c. November 24, 1855
This article, published in the Kansas Freeman newspaper, called for an election over the constitution framed by the Topeka Convention in October 1855. "Qualified voters of said Territory will meet at the several precincts hereinafter mentioned, on the 15th day of December, A. D., 1855." In that same election, the voters would be called upon to consider a general banking law. The article also outlined the election precincts and miscellaneous details.
Keywords: Banks and banking; Elections; Goodin, Joel Kishler; Lane, James Henry, 1814-1866; Laws; Topeka Constitution; Topeka Constitutional Convention, October 1855
The Vote on the Constitution
Author: No authors specified.
Date: c. December 15, 1855
This article, printed in the Kansas Freeman newspaper, gave a preliminary count of the votes cast in the election to ratify the Topeka Constitution. The other two issues on the ballot were whether or not slaves should be excluded from the territory, and whether or not the territory should have a general banking law. The returns from Lawrence, Topeka, and Tecumseh are all listed, but not all the returns had been tallied.
Keywords: African Americans; Banks and banking; Constitutions; Elections; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Slaves; Tecumseh, Kansas Territory; Topeka Constitution; Topeka, Kansas
Letter, Wm E. G [William Goodnow] to My Dear Wife [Harriet Goodnow]
Author: Goodnow, William E.
Date: December 16, 1855
William Goodnow wrote from Shannon, Kansas Territory, to his wife Harriet in New England, relating details of recent political and military events in the Territory. Goodnow reported that he had participated in the election for the adaptation of the State Constitution as it was drawn up by the free state convention at Topeka. He added that the coming weekend would bring a convention in Lawrence to nominate state officers. Goodnow also communicated news of the end of the Wakarusa War and the restoration of peace in the area; he had no doubt that freedom would prevail.
Keywords: Election, Topeka Constitution ratification, December 1855; Free state legislature; Goodnow, Harriet; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Goodnow, William E.; Herald of Freedom; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Shannon, Kansas Territory; Wakarusa War, November-December 1855
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