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KANSAS KS                                             Political  History
  • January 29, 1861 - Kansas is the 34th state admitted to the Union. Kansas was admitted as a free state, after seven years of feuding between residents whether to be admitted as a slave or free state.
    Area - 82,282 sq. miles        Capital - Topeka
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    Motto - Ad astra per aspera  (Latin - To the stars through adversity.)    Nickname - Sunflower State
- The "Stars and Stripes" (American flag) were first raised in Kansas in September, 1806 by a Pawnee Indian Chief.
- William Becknell blazes the route in 1821, that becomes known as the Santa Fe Trail.
- U.S. Congress passes  the 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act to establish the territories of Kansas and of Nebraska. 
- In 1854 President Franklin Pierce appoints Andrew H. Reeder first territorial governor of Kansas.
- The first delegate, John W. Whitefield, was elected to Congress in 1854.
-  The first legislature is formed by election in 1855. The election is considered "bogus' by many as it was virtually taken over by pro-slavery candidates who came in from Mosouri.
- In 1855 a free-state constitution is presented but does not receive serious consideration in Congress.
- A pro slavery constitution is drafted in 1857 at Lecompton. It is adopted in an election in which "free state men" refused to vote and later rejected at a second election in which the "pro slavery men" took no part.      
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- The Kansas Republican party is officially organized in May, 1859 at Osawatomie.
- At Wyandotte, now part of Kansas City the fourth constitution convention was held in July, 1859. Free State supporters were in firm control and drafted a constitution that barred slavery and set the state boundaries. The Kansas state government was elected in December that year. 
- The Pony Express is established in Kansas with 11 Stations in 1860. It ran between St. Joseph, Missouri through Kansas and on to Sacramento,
- In 1860 the Kansas legislature passed a bill abolishing slavery in Kansas in an override of the governor's veto .
- Kansas becomes the 34th state on January 29, 1861, entering the Union as a "free state".
- Kansas provides 650 men to the Civil War in April 1861. Over two thirds of Kansas' military population of under 30,000 will have served by wars end in 1865. - Topeka becomes the state Capitol in 1861.
- Kansas women are given the right to vote in school elections in 1861, earlier than in most states.
- The only major Civil War engagement, the Battle of Mine Creek is fought in October, 1864. 25,000 men on both sides battle under 3 Union Generals and 2 Confederate Generals. This battle stopped the confederate invasion into Kansas.
- Voters fail an 1867 amendment for the woman vote.
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- State legislature purges color distinction from Kansas law in 1876.
- Kansas women in 1887 are given the right to vote in municipal elections.
- Susanna Medora Salter of Argonia, in southeastern Kansas, becomes the first woman mayor in the United States in 1887.

- Kansas women's voting amendment is ratified in Kansas in 1912.
- Arthur Capper is elected in 1914 to the office of Governor. He is the first native born Kansan to take the governorship. 
- The first woman Kansas State Senator, Mrs. T.T. Solander, is elected in 1929.
- Kathryn O'Laughlin McCarthy is elected in 1932 as the first U. S. Congresswoman to represent Kansas.
- The only Republican Governor elected in 1934 in the U.S. is Alfred Mossman "Alf" Landon
- Alfred M. Landon receives the Republican Nomination for U. S. president in 1836 but looses to Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first Kansan elected President of the United States in 1952.
In Kansas, 1954, the Supreme Court overturns legal school segregation at all levels. (Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka) 
- The 34th U. S. President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, dies in 1969.
- Bob Dole,  from Russell, and a Kansas leader, runs for Vice President as Republican Gerald Ford's running mate in 1976.
- Nancy Landon Kassebaum, in 1978 is the first Kansas woman elected to the U.S. Senate for a full term.
- Two native Kansans, Bob Dole of Russell and Gary Hart of Ottawa each unsuccessfully seek their party's nomination for President in 1988.
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- Joan Finney becomes the first Kansan woman Governor in 1991.
- Bob Dole, Kansas Senator, retired from the U.S. Senate in 1996 to run for President.
- Bob Dole, from Russell, Kansas, gains the Republican nomination in 1996 to run for President of the United States challenging the re-election of Bill Clinton.

One Vote Counts in Kansas.
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