Lecompton Capital of Kansas Territory
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 39° 01.181 W 095° 30.621
15S E 282670 N 4321960
Kansas historical marker located in service area along I-70
Waymark Code: WM1ZHM
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 08/09/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
Views: 119

Capital of Kansas Territory

In 1855 the new town of Lecompton was named the capital of Kansas Territory. President James Buchanan appointed a governor and officials to establish government offices in Lecompton, and construction began on an elegant capitol building.  In the fall of 1857 a convention met in Constitution Hall and drafted the famous Lecompton Constitution, which would have admitted Kansas as a slave state.  The constitution was rejected after intense national debate and was one of  the prime topics of the Lincoln-Douglas debates.  the controversy contributed to the growing dispute soon to erupt in civil war.  The Lecompton Constitution failed, in part, because the antislavery party won control of the territorial legislature in the election of 1857.  The new legislature met in Constitution Hall, now a National Historic Landmark, and immediately began to abolish the proslavery laws.  The victorious free-state leaders chose Topeka as capital when Kansas became a state in 1861. ~ text of marker

Marker Name: Lecompton Capital of Kansas Territory

Marker Type: Rest Area

Marker text:
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Marker Location: Douglas

Official Marker Number: 14

Name of agency setting marker: Kansas Department of Transportation

Marker Web Address: [Web Link]

Year Marker Placed: Not listed

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