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Tecumseh in Shawnee County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Lecompton

Capital of Kansas Territory

 
 
Lecompton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 2, 2015
1. Lecompton Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected by the Kansas Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kansas Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 39° 1.18′ N, 95° 30.62′ W. Marker is in Tecumseh, Kansas, in Shawnee County. Marker can be reached from
View from marker towards rest area building. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 2, 2015
2. View from marker towards rest area building.
Interstate 70 10 miles west of S Lawrence Trafficway (State Highway 10). Click for map. Located at the westbound Topeka Service Area of the Kansas Turnpike, 10 miles west of Exit 197. This is a toll road. It is furthest west of the picnic area grounds, west of the facilities building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8000 SE I 70, Tecumseh KS 66542, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First United Brethren in Christ Church in Kansas (approx. 1.5 miles away); Lecompton Constitution Hall (approx. 6.5 miles away); Lane University (approx. 6.6 miles away); Coon Point (approx. 6.7 miles away); Lecompton, Capital of Kansas Territory (approx. 6.7 miles away); Charles Curtis (approx. 7.7 miles away); Topeka Tornado Victims (approx. 7.7 miles away); Henry Murphy Walsh and Every A.E.F. "Runner" (approx. 7.8 miles away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lecompton Constitution. (Submitted on September 19, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on the Lecompton Constitution. (Submitted on September 19, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Political SubdivisionsPolitics
 
View from marker towards rest area exit westbound. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 2, 2015
3. View from marker towards rest area exit westbound.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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