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War for Bleeding Kansas
(1854 - 1865)

18584 January - Lecompton Constitution rejected by second election
1850Compromise of 1850, including Fugitive Slave Act
1854April - New England Emigrant Aid Society is formed to colonize free-soilers in Kansas
185430 May - Passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act
18541 August - First Emigrant Aid party settles at Lawrence
1854November - Thousands of armed Southerners, mostly from Missouri, pour over the state line to vote for a proslavery congressional delegate
185530 March - Election of the first territorial legislature, proponents of slavery f(mainly rom Missouri) take the entire legislature with one exception ("the bogus legislature")
1855April - Free-state men appeal to Gov. Reeder, who orders new elections for districts that that entered protests
185522 May - New election for legislative delegates in districts with known fraud.
185508 June - Free-state supporters hold a convention in Lawrence to discuss repudiation of "bogus legislation", schedule a second convention for 25 June
185525 June - A larger, second convention is held for the purpose of uniting free-state supporters with unified resolves
185502 July - "Bogus Legislature" (they refuse to seat delegates chosen in new election) meet at Pawnee, adjourn to Shawnee Mission on 12 July for the purpose of adopting the Missouri code of laws for Kansas
185515 August - Convention held at Lawrence by free-state men to discuss the movement for a state government
185515 August - Reeder ceases to act as governor; Daniel Woodson becomes acting governor and signs all the laws that the "Bogus Legislature" has passed
18551 September - Newly appointed governor, Wilson Shannon, arrives
18555-6 September - Free State Party formed at Big Springs Convention
185519 September - Topeka convention called
18559 October - Free-state election held for members of a constitutional convention (free-state)
185523 October - Topeka Constitution framed (sent sent to Congress and adopted in the House but voted down by the Senate)
185514 November - Law and Order Party organized at convention in Leavenworth.
1855December - Murder of a free-state man precipitates Wakarus War
185515 December - Topeka Constitution approved by Free State voters; excludes all blacks
185615 January - State officers elected under Topeka Constitution, Charles Robinson governor
1856Topeka legislature convenes; adjourns 8 March; few laws passed
185621 May - Sack of Lawrence by pro-slavery forces
185624 May - John Brown stages the massacre at Pottawatomie Creek
18562 June - Battle of Black Jack
18564 June - Free-state forces attack Franklin
185630 June - Topeka Constitution rejected by Congress, Topeka government not legal.
18564 July - Topeka legislature dispersed by U.S. troops
1856Mid-August - Free-state men take Fort Franklin, Fort Saunders, and Fort Titus
185621 August - Shannon.resigns; Daniel Woodson acting governor
185625 August - Acting Governor David Woodson declares Kansas Territory in open rebellion
185630 August - Battle of Osawatomie
18569 September - Newly appointed governor, John W. Geary, arrives in Leavenworth
185613 September - Battle of Hickory Point
185610 October - Free-State "Army of the North" enters Kansas via Iowa and Nebraska
185629 november -Pro-government candidate, J. W. Whitfield, elected territorial delegate to Congress
18577 January - Free-State legislature met at Topeka.
185712 January - Law and Order Party reorganised as National Democratic Party at Lecompton
185712 January - Second territorial legislature convened at Lecompton
18574 March - Gov. Geary resigns; Stanton is acting governor
1857Gov. Geary resigns
185710 April - Robert J. Walker appointed governor
185724 May - Gov. Robert J. Walker arrives, promises fair dealings with all political factions.
185715 June - Shawnee legislature holds election for constitutional convention; free-state men do not recognise the election, so the convention is completely pro-slavery
18577 September - Lecompton Constitutional Convention convenes
18575 October - Election day - territorial legislature: pro-slavery supporters take the election by fraud
18575-6 October - Free-Staters elected majority to territorial legislature
1857Mid-October - Governor refuses to recognise fraudulent returns, gives certificates of election to free-state candidates; he is shortly relieved of office
185719 October - Lecompton Convention - a pro-slavery constitution is framed and sent to Congress without being subject to a vote of the people
18572 December - Free-state convention held in Lawrence
18577 December - Gov. Stanton calls a special session of the legislature to pass a bill providing for a vote on the Lecompton constitution
185717 December - Gov. Walker resigns
185721 December - James W. Denver becomes acting governor
185721 December - Lecompton Constitution with slavery approved by pro government voters; Free-Staters d0 not participate
18584 January - First session of legislature to be controlled by Free-Staters meets at Lecompton
18584 March - Last meeting of Topeka legislature, no quorum because of lack of interest
185823 March - Constitutional convention meets at Minneola, votes to move to Leavenworth
185818 May - Leavenworth Constitution approved by voters, it prohibits slavery and allows black citizenship.
185819 May - Marais des Cygne Massacre
18582 August - Final vote rejects Lecompton Constitution under English Bill
185810 October - Gov. Denver resigns
18581 December - Samuel Medary becomes governor
185816 December - James Montgomery raids Fort Scott and frees a prisoner
185820 December - John Brown frees 11 slaves in Missouri
1859January - 4th legislature assembles - repeals "bogus laws" appoints a codifying commission to arrange the laws of the territory
185925 January - Battle of the Spurs, John Brown leaves Kansas with 12 freed slaves
185918 May - Free-State Party reorganised as Republican Party at Osawatomie
18595 July - Wyandotte Constitutional Convention opens
18594 October - Voters accept Wyandotte Constitution
185916 October - John Brown's attack on Harper's Ferry
18596 December - Charles Robinson elected governor under Wyandotte Constitution
186011 April - U.S. House accepts Wyandotte Constitution
18602 December - John Brown hung by the state of Virginia
186017 December - Gov. Medary resigns; George M. Beebe becomes acting governor
18617 January - Last territorial legislature meets at Lecompton, adjourns to Lawrence
186121 January - U. S. Senate approves Wyandotte Constitution; slave states have seceded
186129 January - Kansas is admitted to the Union as a free state
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