county, James H. Seymour, Joel T. Griffin, A. D. Jones, Merrills H. Clark, Oscar F. Davis, Aaron Cohn; Washington county, John S. Bowen, E. A. Allen; Dodge county, E. H. Barnard; Burt county, S. T. Leaming; Dakota county, C. O'Connor, Barnabas Bates; Dakota, Dixon and L'eau Qui Court counties, Daniel McLaughlin; Dixon, Cedar and L'eau Qui Court counties, R. M. Hagaman; Platte, Green, Calhoun and Butler counties, John Reek; Hall and Monroe counties, Enos Beall.
The ninth session of the territorial legislature assembled at Omaha on January 7, 1864. In the council were: T. M. Marquette, J. E. Doom, O. P. Mason, John C. Campbell, David Butler, William A. Little, John R. Porter, John McCormick, E. A. Allen, Frank Welch and A. H. Jackson. E. A. Allen was chosen president; J. W. Hollingshead, chief clerk; John H. Mann, assistant clerk; S. A. Lewis, sergeant-at- arms, and W. B. Dixon, doorkeeper. In the house: Douglas county, John Ritchie, George B. Lake, Daniel Gavitt, Joel S. Smith, B. E. B. Kennedy, Henry Grebe; Otoe county, Henry A. Newman, Francis Sim, F. Renner, C. W. Seymour, W. McLennan, A. T. McCartney; Dodge county, Isaac E. Heaton; Platte county, John P. Becker; Dakota, Dixon and L'eau Qui Court counties, J. O. Fisher; Dixon, Cedar and L'eau Qui Court counties, N. S. Porter; Burt and Cuming counties, D. Hobbs; Washington county, J. Evans, H. J. Rohwer; Richardson county, Lewis Allgawhar, J. C. Lincoln, M. W. Breman; Sarpy county, C. Blanchard, Amos Gates, John Whalen; Cass and Lancaster counties, J. W. Chapman, H. C. Pardee, D. G. Todd, R. D. Hoback, J. S. Gregory, Jr.; Pawnee county, George L. Griffing; Nemaha county, G. W. Fairbrother, Lorenzo Rice, C. G. Dorsey: Joseph Dash. The officers were: George B. Lake, speaker; R. Streeter, chief clerk; T. A. Moore, sergeant-at-arms. During the session of congress, 1862-1863, a bill was introduced late in the session, authorizing the territories of Nebraska, Colorado and Nevada to take the preliminary steps toward admission into the union as states. This measure did not reach final action during the life of that session. The proclamation of emancipation issued by President Lincoln January 1, 1863, was approved by the ninth legislature.
On January 5, 1865, the tenth session of the territorial legislature convened at Omaha. The council was divided into districts for the first time. First, Thomas L. Griffey, Dakota, Dixon, Cedar and L'eau Qui Court counties; second, Edwin A. Allen, Washington, Burt and Cuming counties; third, John R. Porter and B. E. B. Kennedy, Douglas county; fourth, C. Blanchard, Sarpy and Dodge counties; fifth, Isaac Albertson, Platte, Monroe, Merrick, Hall, Buffalo, Kearney and Lincoln counties; sixth, J. W. Chapman, Cass county; seventh, J. G. Miller, Cass, Lancaster, Saline and Seward counties; eighth, O. P. Mason and John B. Bennett, Otoe county. ninth, Andrew S. Holladay, Nemaha county; tenth, Oliver P. Bayne, Richardson county; eleventh, J. N. McCasland, Pawnee, Gage, Johnson, Clay and Jones counties. The officers were: O. P. Mason, president; John S. Bowen, chief clerk; W. W. Morgan, assistant clerk; Samuel Gamble, sergeant-at- arms; Charles Bryan, doorkeeper.
The house was composed of: Richardson county, Oliver W. Dunning, F. A. Tisdel, Charles F. Walther, E. H. Johnson; Pawnee county, John Briggs; Nemaha county, William B. Phillips, George Crowe, J. W. Taylor, Samuel Petit; Otoe county, Mason Crouch, R. Hedges, John Beuter, George P. West; Cass county, S. M. Kirkpatrick, Samuel Maxwell, J. T. A. Hoover, J. McF. Hagood; Johnson county, Milo K. Cody; Lancaster, Seward and Saunders counties, William Imlay; Sarpy county, Amos Gates, Martin Langdon; Douglas county, E. L. Emry, A. J. Critchfield, Charles M. Conoyer, Charles H. Browne, James W. Pickard; Dodge county, W. H. Ely; Platte county, Guy C. Barnum; Washington county, W. N. McCandish, H. M. Hitchcock; Dakota county, John Hefferman; Dakota, Dixon, Cedar and L'eau Qui Court counties, Nathan S. Porter; Dakota, Cedar and L'eau Qui Court counties, G. A. Hall; Gage and Jones counties, H. M. Reynolds; Saline, Butler, Kearney and Lincoln counties, A. C. Leighton; Lancaster county, John Cadman; Burt and Cuming counties, John D. Neligh. The officers were: S. M. Kirkpatrick, speaker; John Taffe, chief clerk; Walter C. Heydon, assistant clerk; Anson Rising, sergeant-at-arms; Mitchell Fleming, doorkeeper.
On January 4, 1866, the eleventh session of the territorial legislature met at Omaha. The council was: T. L. Griffey, E. A. Allen, B. E. B. Kennedy, J. R. Porter, J. Albertson, J. S. Miller, J. W. Chapman, John Bennett, O. P. Mason, A. S. Holladay, O. P. Bayne, J. N. McCasland. The officers were: O. P. Mason, president; W. E. Harney, chief clerk; William W. Watson, assistant clerk; Charles Ulry, doorkeeper.
The house: Richardson county, L. Crounse, William Parchen, J. D. Ramsey, John Jay Hart; Pawnee county, John R. Butler; Nemaha county, W. B. Phelps, John Green, W. A. Pollock; Otoe county, John H. Maxon, James Thorn, M. S. Campbell, Albert Tuxbury, James A. Gilmore; Cass county, Joseph Arnold, W. F. Chapin, Samuel Maxwell, Benjamin Austin; Johnson county, James Robinson; Lancaster county, John Cadman; Clay, Lancaster, Seward and Saunders counties, Marcus Brush; Sarpy county, T. H. Robertson, N. P. Lefler; Douglas county, G. B. Luke, J. W. Paddock, C. H. Brown, Fred Drexel, J. G. Megeath; Dodge county, J. G. Smith; Platte county, G. C. Barnum; Washington county, E. H. Clark, Charles Eisley; Dakota county, Cornelius O'Connor; Dakota, Cedar, Dixon and L'eau Qui Court counties, R. H. Wilbur; Dakota, Cedar and L'eau Qui Court counties, L. E. Jones. The officers were: James G. Mageath, speaker; George May, chief clerk; E. S. Towle, assistant
clerk; Chester Lusk, sergeant-at-arms; Dennis Dugan, doorkeeper.
The preceding year had witnessed the close of the rebellion and the return of national peace, but the Indian war upon the western borders of Nebraska still continued when this legislature met. During the year 1865 the savages, emboldened by temporary successes, had grown exceedingly reckless in their assaults upon settlers and upon the overland stages and telegraph lines. Outrages of the most atrocious character had been repeatedly perpetrated. It had become necessary to call upon congress for more stringent action for the suppression of this form of lawlessness.
This year (1866) the laws of the territory were revised, arranged and issued in the form of revised statutes, the immense labor being completed in time for presentation early in the session and approved February 12, 1866. The new laws went into effect July 1.
On the 19th of April, 1864, an act of congress was approved by the president and became a law, enabling the people of Nebraska to form a state constitution and government, but the continuance of the war and the consequent disturbance of national affairs, united with the partial suspension of emigration to the west and the Indian troubles on the frontier, united in rendering this permission undesirable. The territory had been drained of many men and much treasure in its generous assistance of the government during the years of its struggle for existence. With the return of peace and the suppression of border outlawry, however, came an awakening consciousness of the value of state institutions. The people once more turned their attention to the subject and revived an interest in the enabling act.
The constitution was framed early in 1866, embodying these essential features:
Declaring equal inherent rights to all men, prohibiting slavery in the state, maintaining freedom of speech and press, establishing the right of petition to the people, the justice of trial before the law, civil and religious liberty, the perpetuation of free government and the rights of the people, declaring the elective franchise belongs to "white" citizens, vesting the government of the state in the legislative, the executive and the judicial branches and defining their powers and jurisdiction, providing for methods of revenue and limiting expenditures, describing the jurisdiction of the state over the eminent domain, naming the boundaries of the state, and arranging for the fundamental machinery of a state after the "manner and order usual in such mighty undertakings."
The constitution provided that it should be voted upon June 2, 1866. The legislature authorized the submitting of the question and the election of state officers by an act approved by Governor Saunders February 9, 1866. At this election the constitution was adopted by the following Vote: For adoption, 3,938; against, 3,838. It was approved and signed by Governor Butler February 21, 1867.
On March 1, 1867, the president issued his proclamation announcing the admission of Nebraska into the union, and on March 2nd Hon. T. M. Marquette presented his credentials in the house of representatives and consummated the bond.
On the 4th of April Governor Butler issued his call for an extra session, and on the 18th of May the legislators came together and set in motion the machinery of the state.
The constitution provided that the first session of the so-called state legislature should meet July 4, 1866, and in accordance therewith the members chosen at the preceding election assembled in Omaha in formal conclave on that day. The roster of that body was: House - Richardson county, William Parchen, B. F. Cunningham J. M. Deweese, J. T. Hoile; Pawnee county, C. H. Gere; Gage and Jones counties, N. Blakely; Nemaha county, George W. Fairbrother, W. G. Glasgow, Daniel C. Sanders, W. A. Pollock; Johnson county, A. W. Gray; Otoe county, E. S. Reed, A. Tuxbury, D. M. Anderson, James Thome, John Graves; Lancaster, Seward and Saunders counties, James Queen; Lancaster county, Ezra Tullis; Cass county, S. Maxwell, W. F. Chapin, T. R. Bell, H. D. Hathaway; Sarpy county, T. H. Robertson, J. D. Smith; Douglas county, P. O. Hallion, A. J. Critchfield, J. W. Paddock, V. Burkley, W. A. Denton; Dodge county, George J. Turton; Platte county, E. W. Arnold; Platte, Merrick, Hall and Buffalo counties, James E. Boyd; Washington county, David McDonald, W. R. Hamilton; Burt and Cuming counties, G. P. Thomas; Dakota county, A. H. Baker; Dakota, Dixon, Cedar and L'eau Qui Court counties, R. H. Wilbur; Dixon, Cedar and L'eau Qui Court counties, Kelly Frazier. Officers - W. A. Pollock, speaker; J. H. Brown, chief clerk; J. T. Davis, assistant clerk; F. M. Dovington, sergeant-at-arms; E. A. Graves, doorkeeper.
Council - Nathan S. Porter, Frank Welch, James A. Megeath, M. C. Wilbur, David Leach, Vincent Krummer, Thomas K. Hann, John Cadman, S. H. Calhoun, Oliver Stevenson, S. M. Rich, F. D. Tisdale, A. S. Stewart. Officers - F. Welch, president; C. E. Yost, chief clerk; E. K. Valentine, assistant clerk; Wilson E. Majors, sergeant-at-arms; P. Judson, doorkeeper.
The following is the text of the proclamation issued by President Andrew Johnson, declaring Nebraska a state:
"Whereas, the Congress of the United States did by an act approved on the 19th day of April, 1864, authorize the people of the Territory of Nebraska to form a constitution and state government and for the admission of such state into the union on an equal footing with the original states upon certain conditions in said act specified, and,
"Whereas, said people did adopt a constitution conforming to the provisions and conditions of said act and ask. admission into the union, and,
"Whereas, the Congress of the United States did on the eighth and ninth days of February, 1867, in mode prescribed by the constitution, pass a further act for the admission of the State of Nebraska into the union, in which last-named act it was provided that it should not take effect except upon the fundamental condition that within the State of Nebraska there should be no denial of the elective franchise or of any other right to any person by reason of race or color, excepting Indians not taxed, and upon further fundamental condition that the legislature of said state, by a solemn public act, shall declare the assent of said state to the said fundamental condition, and should transmit to the President of the United States all authenticated copy of said act of the legislature of said state, upon receipt whereof the President, by proclamation, should forthwith announce the fact, whereupon the said foundamental [sic] condition should be held as a part of the organic law of the state, and thereupon and without any further proceeding on the part of the Congress, the admission of said state into the union should be considered as complete; and,
"Whereas, within the time prescribed by said act of the Congress on the eighth and ninth days of February, 1867, the legislature of the State of Nebraska did pass an act ratifying the said act of Congress of the eighth and ninth days of February, 1867, and declaring that the aforenamed provisions of the third section of said last-named act of Congress should be a part of the organic law of the State of Nebraska; and,
"Whereas, a duly authenticated copy of said act of the legislature of the State of Nebraska has been received by me;
"Now, therefore, I, Andrew Johnson, President of the United States, do in accordance with the provisions of the act of Congress last herein named, declare and proclaim the fact that the fundamental conditions imposed by Congress on the State of Nebraska to entitle that state to admission to the union have been ratified and accepted, and that the admission of the said state into the union is now complete.
"In testimony whereof I hereto set my hand and have caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
"Done at the City of Washington this first day of March in the year of our Lord, 1867, and of the independence of the United States of America the -ninety-first.
"By the President:"Andrew Johnson.
"Wm. H. Seward, Secretary of State."
The twelfth and last session of the
territorial legislature met at Omaha January 10, 1867. The roster
is here given:
Council - Barnabas Bates, J. D. Neleigh, G. W. Doan, W. Baumer, E. H. Rogers, F. K. Freeman, Lawson Sheldon, James E. Doom, M. S. Reeves, W. W. Wardell, T. J. Majors, W. A. Presson and A. S. Stewart. Officers - E. H. Rogers, president; O. B. Hewett, chief clerk; L. L. Holbrook, assistant clerk; E. A. Kirkpatrick, sergeant-at-arms; John Cadman, doorkeeper.
House - Pawnee county, John R. Butler; Richardson county, G. Duerfeldt, J. M. Deweese, Joseph T. Hoile; Nemaha county, George Crowe, William Daily, Lewis Waldter, C. F. Haywood; Otoe county, W. M. Hicklin, J. R. Graves, A. F. Harvey, D. M. Anderson; Cass county, D. Cole, W. F. Chapin, Isaac Wiles, A. B. Fuller; Johnson county, A. W. Gray; Lancaster county, E. H. Hardenberger; Lancaster, Seward and Saunders counties, E. L. Clark; Sarpy county, George N. Crawford, A. W. Trumble; Douglas county, G. W. Frost, D. S. Parmelee, H. Link, S. M. Curran, E. P. Child; Dodge county, J. E. Dorsey; Platte county, John E. Kelley; Washington county, L. J. Abbott, Amasa S. Warwick; Dakota county, Daniel Duggan; Platte, Merrick, Hall and Buffalo counties, John Wallichs; Gage and Jones counties, Hugh M. Ross, Burt and Cuming counties, Martin Stuefer; Lincoln, Kearney, Saline and Butler counties, William Baker. Officers - W. F. Chapin, speaker; J. S. Bowen, chief clerk; W. S. Brewster, assistant clerk; J. M. Howard, sergeant-at-arms.
The constituution [sic] provided that senators and representatives should be elected biennially on the second Tuesday in October, at which time the state officers were also to be chosen. This, however, did not apply to the first set of officers designated under the constitution, those named under what may be termed for distinction here, the provincial officers. That first election was ordered by the constitution to take place June 2, 1866. Under this provision Hon. T. M. Marquette was elected representative in congress. The vote for treasurer (which may be taken as a fair estimate of the party lines) was 4,756 for the republican candidate to 4,161 for the democratic. In accordance with the requirements of the constitution, although the territory was still out of the union as a state, the first regular election was held on the second Tuesday in October. Then it was that Hon. John Taffe was elected to congress.
The new state began its existence under the official guidance of David Butler, governor; Thomas P. Kennard, secretary of state; John Gillespie, auditor; Augustus Kountze, treasurer; Thomas P. Kennard, librarian; Champion S. Chase, attorney general. The congressional representatives were: Senators, John M. Thayer and Thomas W. Tipton; representative, John Taffe.
The so-called third session of the state legislature (but in reality the first session) met at Omaha under proclamation of Governor Butler, May 16, 1867. The state comprised eleven senatorial districts, represented by the following named senators: First district, Harlan Baird; second
district, J. T. Davis; third district, Isaac S. Hascall and J. N. H. Patrick; fourth district, E. H. Rogers; fifth district, F. K. Freeman; sixth district, Lawson Sheldon; seventh district, J. E. Doom; eighth district, W. W. Wardell and Mills S. Reeves; ninth district, Thomas J. Majors; tenth district, William A. Presson; eleventh district, Oscar Holden. Hon. E. H. Rogers, of Dodge county, was elected president; L. L. Holbrook, secretary; Seth Robinson, assistant secretary; D. W. McKimmon, sergeant-at- arms; E. K. Caldwell, doorkeeper.
The house consisted of: Richardson county, J. T. Hoile, G. Duerfeldt, J. M. Deweese, T. J. Collins; Pawnee county, J. R. Butler; Nemaha county, William Daly, George Crowe, Louis Waldter, C. F. Hagood; Otoe county, A. F. Harvey, W. H. Hicklin, John B. Bennett, George W. Sroat, D. M. Anderson; Cass county, W. F. Chapin, D. Cole, A. B. Fuller, Isaac Wiles; Clay, Lancaster, Seward and Saunders counties, E. L. Clark; Saline, Lincoln, Benton and Kearney counties, William Baker; Sarpy county, A. W. Trumble, George N. Crawford; Douglas county, G. W. Frost, J. M. Woolworth, Martin Dunham, Joel T. Griffin; Platte county, John E. Kelley; Washington county, D. C. Slader, John A. Unthank; Burt and Cuming counties, Austin Rockwell; Dodge county, Henry Beebe; Dakota county, James Preston; Johnson county, George P. Tucker; Dakota, Dixon, Cedar and L'eau Qui Court counties, Henry Morton; Gage and Jones counties, Oliver Townsend; Lancaster county, John Cadman.
Hon. W. F. Chapin, of Cass county, was elected speaker; J. S. Bowen, chief clerk; W. B. Smith, assistant clerk; D. Labor, sergeant-at-arms; E. L. Clark, doorkeeper.
The specific purposes for which this extraordinary session was called was the enactment of laws and the amendment of existing statutes to harmonize with the new order of government.
The fourth session of the legislature was called for the purpose of making such provision as was essential under the constitution of the United States for the election of electors for president and vice president, this important duty having been unprovided for in previous sessions. The legislature met in Omaha, October 27 and 28, 1868, and on the last-named day passed a bill which was approved by Governor Butler, defining the method of choosing electors.
The fifth session, of the legislature (which is incorrectly, called the "first regular session" on the title page of the journal) was the first to meet in Lincoln after the removal of the capital to that place. It was also the first. session by operation of the constitutional law under the supreme ordinance of 1866, the preceding sessions since the passage of the constitution -having been either practically territorial legislatures, or "called" sessions of the state body, hence the designation as "first regular session."
The legislature met January 7, 1869. The members of the senate were by districts as follows: First, Richardson county, E. E. Cunningham; second, Nemaha, Charles J. Majors; third, Nemaha, Richardson, and Johnson, I. Reavis; fourth, Pawnee, Gage, Jefferson, Saline and Lancaster, C. H. Gere - fifth, Otoe, T. Ashton and T. B. Stevenson; sixth, Cass, H. D. Hathaway; seventh, Cass, Sarpy, Saunders, Butler and Seward, W. F. Chapin; eighth, Douglas, E. B. Taylor and G. W. Frost; ninth, Washington and Butler, William F. Goodwill; tenth, Platte, Merrick, Hall, Buffalo, Kearney and Lincoln, Guy C. Barnum. The senate chose Hon. E. B. Taylor, of Douglas county, president; S. M. Chapman, secretary; J. R. Patrick, assistant secretary; W. H. Miller, engrossing clerk; George Vandeventer, enrolling clerk; W. A. Pollock, sergeant-at-arms; John Bradshaw, doorkeeper.
The house was composed of: Richardson county, O. C. Jones, Delos A. Tisdel, J. E. Gardner, J. T. Hoile; Pawnee county, A. S. Stewart; Gage and Jefferson counties, Nathan Blakeley; Johnson county, Hinman Rhodes; Nemaha county, J. S. Church, H. Steinman, George Crowe, G. R. Shook; Otoe county, James Fitchie, W. McLennan, A. F. McCartney, J. W. Talbot, A. Zimmerer; Lancaster county, Ezra Tullis; Cass county, David McCaig, J. McF. Hagood, G. L. Seybolt, Joseph McKinnon; Saunders, Seward and Butler counties, Marcus Brush; Saline, Lincoln and Kearney counties, J. S. Hunt; Sarpy county, J. N. Case and J. D. Smith; Douglas county, S. C. Brewster, Joseph Fox, J. B. Furay, J. T. Griffin, D. S. Parmelee and Edwin Loveland; Dodge county, E. H. Bernard; Platte county, C. A. Speice; Hall, Buffalo and Merrick counties, Wells Brewer; Washington county, Christian Ratliman and W. H. B. Stout; Burt and Cuming counties, Watson Parrish; Dakota county, John Naffziger; Dixon, Cedar and L'eau Qui Court counties, C. B. Evans. The officers were: Hon. William McLennan, of Otoe county, speaker; John S. Bowen, chief clerk; C. H. Walker, assistant clerk; E. L. Clark, sergeant-at-arms; H. J. Mumford, doorkeeper; Jesse Turner, engrossing clerk; Abram Deyo, enrolling clerk.
The sixth session of the legislature was an extraordinary convention for twenty specific purposes, first among which was the ratification of the proposed fifteenth amendment to the constitution of the United States. The measure of greatest state interest was the erection of a penitentiary, and the remaining objects of the session varied in importance from the incorporation of cities to the payment of the legislators.
On February 17, 1870, the legislature met at Lincoln. The new representatives were Samuel Carter, Leander W. Pattison, from Richardson county; Hiram O. Minick, from Nemaha county; Fordyce Roper, from Gage and Jefferson counties, and C. A. Leary, from Douglas county. Speaker McLennan presided. The new members
of the senate were: Second district, William Daily, Sr.; third district, Samuel A. Fulton and Eugene L. Reed.
Immediately after the close of the sixth session, the seventh session assembled at 8:30 p. m., March 4, 1870, on the order of Governor Butler, whose proclamation was issued during the day. The session was in fact but the continuance of the preceding session. The objects enumerated in the executive message were the necessity of a passage of a herd law, the ratification of a contract made by the governor for the conveyance of certain lands to Isaac Cahn and John M. Evans to aid in the developmnets [sic] of the saline interests of the state, and some local measures. The result of the session was not favorable to the desire of Governor Butler relative to his action in the saline land contract.
The eighth session of the legislature began January 5, 1871. The senate consisted of: First, Richardson county, E. E. Cunningham; second, Nemaha county, E. W. Thomas; third, Nemaha, Richardson and Johnson counties, George P. Tucker; fourth, Pawnee, Gage, Jefferson, Saline and Lancaster counties, A. J. Cropsey; fifth, Otoe county, David Brown and Robert Hawke; sixth, Cass county, Lawson Sheldon; seventh, Cass, Sarpy, Saunders, Seward and Butler counties, Willett Pottinger, contested successfully by A. W. Kennedy, who sat during the latter part of the session; eighth, Douglas county, Frederick Metz and I. S. Hascall; ninth, Washington and Burt counties, B. F. Hilton; tenth, Dodge, Stanton, Cuming, Cedar, Dixon and L'eau Qui Court counties, A. W. Tennant, contested unsuccessfully by J. D. Neighley; eleventh, Merrick, Hall, Buffalo, Kearney and Lincoln counties, Leander Gerrard. Hon. E. E. Cunningham was elected president; C. H. Walker, secretary; C. M. Blaker, assistant secretary; A. T. McCarthy, engrossing clerk (Miss Cornelia Frost received two votes for this office, two less than Mr. McCarthy, the first instance of a woman being nominated for office in the Nebraska legislature); G. G. Beecher, enrolling clerk; L. L. Kline; sergeant-at-arms; C. E. Hines, doorkeeper.
The house contained: Richardson county, H. W. Sommerland, James Wickham, Henry Schock, Ruel Nims; Nemaha county, William Daily, S. P. Majors, G. R. Shook, De Forest Porter; Pawnee county, G. W. Collins; Gage and Jefferson counties, D. C. Jenkins; Johnson county, Hinman Rhodes; Otoe county, W. E. Dillon, J. E. Doom, Eugene Munn, John Oberton, J. W. Conger; Lancaster county, S. B. Galey; Cass county, F. M. Wolcott, J. K. Cannon, J. M. Patterson, John Rouse; Saunders, Seward and Butler counties, A. Roberts; Saline, Lincoln and Kearney counties, Isaac Goodin; Sarpy county, E. N. Grinnell, Chas. Duby; Douglas county, John Allmanson, T. F. Wall, J. C. Myers, E. Rosewater, W. M. Ryan, L. S. Reed; Dodge county, A. C. Briggs; Platte and Colfax counties, A. J. Hudson; Hall, Buffalo and Merrick counties, Enos Beall; Washington county, Elam Clark, H. C. Riordan; Burt and Cuming counties, Frank Kipp; Dakota county, James Clark; Dixon, Cedar and L'eau Qui Court counties, A J. Quimby. Officers - Hon. Geo. W. Collins, speaker; Louis E. Cropsey, chief clerk; J. R. Webster, assistant clerk; D. L. Snyder, engrossing clerk; Charles Culbertson, sergeant-at-arms; E. L. Clark, doorkeeper. By an irregularity in the journals, the election of Miss Cornelia Frost is not recorded, but that lady qualified as enrolling clerk, and so served.
On the 9th of January, 1872, in accordance with the order of adjournment, the legislature reassembled in what was known as the eighth adjourned. session.
The ninth session of the legislature convened January 9, 1873, with the following senate: First district, W. D. Scott; second, G. R. Shook; third, A. Bowen; fourth, E. W. Barnum; fifth, W. A. Gwyer and O. Wilson; sixth, L. W. Osborn; seventh, J. C. Crawford; eighth, S. W. Hayes; ninth, G. C. Barton; tenth, Job A. Dillon; eleventh, S. B. Pound; twelfth, N. K. Greggs. Officers - Hon. W. A. Gwyer, of Omaha, president; D. H. Wheeler, secretary; L. S. Estell, assistant secretary; W. D. Wildman, sergeant-at-arms; S. L. Barrett, engrossing clerk; William Caffrey, enrolling clerk; C. E. Hine, doorkeeper.
The house consisted of: Richardson county, E. S. Towle, C. L. Metz, H. Holcomb; Nemaha county, C. Blodgett, C. W. Wheeler; Otoe county, J. H. Masters, J. W. Patrick, Logan Enyart, Paul Seliminke; Cass county, J. W. Barnes, J. L. Brown; Pawnee county, A. H. Babcock; Johnson county, L. H. Laflin; Gage county, J. B. McDowell; Lancaster county, A. K. White, S. G. Owen; Saunders county, W. H. Deck; Saline county, O. W. Baltzley; Jefferson, Nuckolls and Webster counties, Silas Garber; York, Polk, Butler, Platte, Hamilton, Clay and Adams counties, J. E. Cramer; Lancaster, Saunders, Gage, Jefferson and Pawnee counties, M. H. Sessions; Sarpy county, George S. Burtch; Douglas county, C. F. Goodman, W. R. Bartlett, J. L. Webster, M. Dunham, H. L. Dodge, E. G. Dudley; Washington county, Henry Sprick; Burt county, Austin Nelson; Dodge county, Milton May; Cuming and Wayne counties, R. F. Stevenson; Dakota and Dixon counties, R. H. Wilbur; Platte and Colfax counties, A. J. Arnold; Madison, Stanton, Pierce, Cedar and L'eau Qui Court counties, L. M. Howard; Hall, Merrick, Greeley, Howard, Boone and Antelope counties, Ed Parker; Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, Washington and Dodge counties, Bruno Tzschuck. Officers - Hon. M. H. Sessions, speaker; J. W. Eller, chief clerk; E. Chadwick, assistant clerk; U. B. Balcombe, enrolling clerk; J. F. Zediker, engrossing clerk; D. V. Stevenson, sergenat [sic]-at-arms.
The tenth session was an extra one, beginning March 27, 1873, for the purpose of taking action
on matters relating to the boundaries of certain counties and other legislation.
The eleventh session of the legislature began January 7, 1875. The senate roll stood: First district, T. C. Hoyt; second, J. B. Fisher; third, J. E. Lamaster; fourth, S. M. Chapman; fifth, O. B. Rustin and J. S. Spann; sixth, Waldo Lyon; seventh, Alexander Bear; eighth, H. D. Perky; ninth, Guy C. Barton; tenth, Rufus H. Abbott; eleventh, C. C. Burr; twelfth, N. K. Briggs. Officers - Hon N. K. Briggs, president; D. H. Wheeler, secretary; C. L. Mather, assistant secretary; George P. Work, engrossing clerk; J. W. Conger, enrolling clerk; Levi A. Stebbins, sergeant-at-arms; C. E. Hine, doorkeeper.
The house was composed of: Richardson county, Henry Fisher, E. S. Towle, Seth W. Beals; Nemaha county, Church Howe, C. M. Hayden; Otoe county, N. R. Pinney, Logan Enyart, J. H. Tomlin, Eugene Munn; Cass county J. L. Brown, H. W. Parley; Pawnee county, W. F. Wright; Johnson county, C. A. Holmes; Gage county, J. B. McDowell; Lancaster county, A. T. Hastings, Louis Helmer; Saunders county, J. F. Roll; Seward county, D. C. McKillip; Saline county, G. H. Hastings; Thayer, Jefferson, Nuckolls and Webster counties, F. J. Hendershot; York, Polk, Butler, Platte, Hamilton, Clay and Adams counties, Albinus Nance; Lancaster, Saunders, Gage, Johnson and Pawnee counties, Thomas C. Chapman; Sarpy, James, Davidson and Douglas counties, B. H. Barrows, J. M. Thurston, Jacob Weidensall, John Baumer, Frank Murphy, A. H. Baker; Madison, Stanton, Cedar, Pierce and Knox counties, R. S. Lucas; Hall, Merrick, Howard, Greeley, Boone and Antelope counties, Loran Clark; Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, Washington and Dodge counties, J. W. Barnes; Lincoln, Cheyenne, Dawson, Buffalo, Sherman, Valley, Kearney and Franklin counties, M. V. Moudy; Washington county, E. S. Gaylord; Dodge county, J. C. Seely; Colfax county, Frank Folda; Burt county, W. G. Olinger; Dakota county, B. F. Chambers; Cuming county, J. C. Crawford. Officers - Hon. E. S. Towle, speaker; G. L. Brown, chief clerk; J. F. Zediker, assistant clerk; S. B. Jones, engrossing clerk; Miss Sarah C. Funke, enrolling clerk; J. W. Manning, sergeant-at-arms; J. W. McCabe, doorkeeper.
The state constitution of 1875 was presented to the people for ratification or rejection in 1875. It was ratified by a vote of 30,202 against 5,474, which were against it.
On December 5, 1876, the twelfth session of the legislature was called to pass upon the question of the legality of the election of Amosa Cobb to the office of presidential elector. Mr. Cobb was chosen by ballot in joint convention of both houses on the same day as the preceding session of the thirteenth session of the legislature was held for the purpose of canvassing the popular vote cast for the state ticket and congressman.
On January 2, 1877, the fourteenth session of the legislature convened in regular session. The senate consisted of the following members: First district, J. W. Holt, P. W. Birkhauser; second, Church Howe; third, G. W. Covell, C. H. Van Wyck; fourth, S. M. Chapman; fifth, G. W. Ambrose, C. H. Brown; sixth, A. N. Ferguson; seventh, W. C. Walton; eighth, G. F. Blanchard; ninth, J. C. Crawford; tenth, Isaac Powers, Jr.; eleventh, S. W. Hayes; twelfth, John Aten; thirteenth, G. H. Thummel; fourteenth, J. E. North; fifteenth, H. Garfield; sixteenth, A. M. Bryant; seventeenth, Thomas P. Kennard and C. N. Baird; eighteenth, T. W. Pepoon; nineteenth, L. W. Colby; twentieth, J. W. Dawes; twenty-first, E. C. Carns; twenty-second, W. M. Knapp; twenty-third, M. W. Wilcox; twenty-fourth, J. S. Gilham; twenty-fifth, E. C. Calkins; twenty-sixth, B. I. Hinman. Officers - Hon. Othman A. Abbott, president; Hon. George F. Blanchard, president pro tem; D. S. Wheeler, secretary; E. J. Baldwin, assistant secretary; Thomas Harlan, sergeant-at-arms; Miss Ella Marlay, enrolling clerk; Miss Mollie Baird, engrossing clerk; M. J. Houck, doorkeeper.
The house roll by districts was: First district, J. D. Gillman, William Gerdis, Joseph H. Myers; second, E. Jordan, W. J. Halderman; third, William Anyan, L. M. Boggs; fourth, W. H. Doolittle, William R. Spicknall; fifth, J. G. Evans, John Frerichs, J. J. Mercer; sixth, George McKee, F. W. Robb, J. B. Elliott, Paul Schminke; seventh, John Cadman, W. C. Griffith, Henry Spellman, R. O. Phillips; eighth, J. A. Jury, M. M. Runyon, E. M. Mengel; ninth, J. C. Gilmore, T. N. Bobbitt, J. M. Beardsley; tenth, S. F. Burtch; eleventh, A. H. Baker, J. S. Gibson, William Neville, P. P. Shelby, G. E. Pritchell, James Creighton, L. L. Wilcox, Thomas Blackmore; twelfth, H. B. Nicodemus, N. S. Belden; thirteenth, Henry Sprick; fourteenth, F. M. Johnson; fifteenth, W. J. Meicker, J. W. Pollock; sixteenth, J. C. Hefferman; seventeenth, J. P. Walters; eighteenth, L. C. Champlin; nineteenth, W. W. Fitzpatrick; twentieth, S. T. Caldwell; twenty-first, J. E. Smith; twenty-second, S. Sadler; twenty-third, James W. Small; twenty- fourth, C. M. Northrup; twenty-fifth, E. Whitcomb, T. B. Parker, James McCreedy; twenty-sixth, Thomas Wolfe, Thocas A. Healy; twenty-seventh, S. V. Moore, Tice Love; twenty-eighth, Thomas B. Johnson; twenty-ninth, Peter Harrison; thirtieth, S. W. Switzer; thirty-first, Anthony Reis; thirty-second, B. B. Mills; thirty-third, N. J. Paul; thirty-fourth, Henry A. Bruno; thirty-fifth, Albinus Nance; thirty-sixth, Cyrus Allen; thirty-seventh, N. W. Wells; thirty-eighth, C. C. Barnum; thirty-ninth, Alexander Bear; fortieth, G. A. Hall; forty-first, C. F. Eisley; forty-second, C. H. Frady; forty-third, Thomas G. Hullihen; forty-fourth, W. B. Lambert; forty-fifth, Loren Clark; forty-sixth, J. H. McColl; forty-seventh, A. H. Bush; forty-eighth, A. E. Harvey; forty-ninth, W. P. P. St.
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