in Nebraska, and the peer, perhaps, of any who have since
practiced in the courts of this state. In those earlier days
Mr. Poppleton was almost passionately fond of public
speaking, for which he was well equipped with an unusual
share of personal magnetism, reasoning power, and a
plausible and persuasive address. He manifested a keen
interest in political affairs up to the time of the
segregation of his services in the office of the Union
Pacific railway company, which was a distinct loss to the
Engraving from pen and ink sketch by Stanislas W. F. Schymonsky, owned by Mrs. James T. Allan, Omaha, Nebraska.
THE PRESBYTERIAN MISSION AT BELLEVUE, COMPLETED IN 1848
This, and its companion pieces, are the only pictures extant of the Mission building as it appeared in 1854
and which has been completely verified.
tween the parallels of 40 degrees and 43 degrees,
extending west to the Rocky mountains."
4 Records Nebraska Territory, p. 40.
promotion to the governorship, returned to Omaha on the
20th of February, and his arrival was formally announced to
the two houses of the legislature by Secretary Cuming on
that day, and on the same day the secretary presented him to
a joint meeting of the houses, when he delivered a passable
speech, as governor's speeches go, and which might be
excused for its lack of much else by its plethora of
reference to "sovereigns," "the principles of popular
sovereignty," and "the sovereignty of the people."
MARK W. IZARD
First United States marshal and second governor of Nebraska territory
sociate justice of the Supreme Court of the United
States. He resided at Mt. Vernon, Francis county, Arkansas,
and his appointment was due to the influence of Senator
Sebastian of that state. The Helena (Arkansas Star in
noticing his appointment admitted that he was "riot endowed
with shining talents," and the governor's Nebraska
contemporaries still living are not heard to dissent from
the admission. He was doubtless a fair sample of the
overplus of the mass of aspirants for place with which
southern dispensers of patronage must have been infested,
and for whom, in the emergency, such long-distance provision
must be made. Since Secretary
Cuming, a quasi-resident, was himself an aspirant for the
office in question, we may presume that his sympathetic
reference -- in introducing his successful rival to the
legislature -- to the carpet-bagger's "long and toilsome
journey" in reaching Nebraska was not innocent of malicious
irony. Izard was scarcely competent to properly perform the
duties of his office. His short career gave evidence of
this, no less than the implied admission of his friends when
they said he "meant well."
notice that upon some future day he would make Mitchell
sole commissioner to locate the capital buildings, and
Mitchell withdrew his last amendment. Richardson's task was
now easy and, in spite of Bennet's dilatory tactics, the
bill was passed by a vote of 7 to 6, Mitchell's vote having
changed from Plattsmouth to Omaha.
Nebraska." Mr. Rogers would have it amended into this
more democratic fashion: "Be it enacted by the people of the
territory of Nebraska in general assembly convened," but his
amendment failed and both houses passed Richardson's
5 Here the report, Council Journal, p. 52, breaks off short. Thus prohibition in Nebraska was born in Nebraska City, and was afterwards legitimized and was a law of Nebraska, though little enforced, until 1858, when it was repealed by a license act.