Cuming designated Omaha as the place for the first meeting
of the Legislature, notwithstanding the opposition of
several other towns, prominent among which was Bellevue. The
governor of course incurred the enmity of all other
aspirants for the capital. The Legislature convened at Omaha
January 16, 1854, in the State House which had been built by
the ferry company. The first Legislature was composed as
INTERIOR ALL SAINTS CHURCH.
Folsom, Tekamah, door-keeper; B. R,
Folsom, Burt county; J. C. Mitchell, Washington county; M.
H. Clark, Dodge county; T. G. Goodwill, A. D. Jones, O. D.
Richardson, S. E. Rogers, Douglas county; Luke Nuckolls,
Cass county; A. H. Bradford, H. P. Bennett, C. H. Cowles,
Pierce, now Otoe county; Richard Brown, Forney, now Nemaha
lature, and of course a bitter fight
ensued. The contestants for the capital were Omaha,
Fontenelle, Florence, Bellevue, Plattsmouth, Nebraska City,
and Brownville. All the South Platte towns were opposed to
Omaha, and it will therefore be seen that she had great odds
to fight against. However, by shrewd strategy and placing
where it would do the most good large blocks of town lot
stock in "Scriptown,"-- an addition laid out for this very
the Omaha lobbyists secured enough votes to capture the capital. The joint resolution designating Omaha as the capital of the Territory was passed February 22, 1855. James C. Mitchell, of Florence, who had been exceedingly hostile towards Omaha, was induced to change front by a liberal gift of town lots. It was considered a cheap investment, as upon his vote the whole matter depended. Immediately after the passage of the resolution, Mr. Mitchell was appointed
sole commissioner to locate the capitol
building. He finally made the location on Capitol Hill, the
site being now occupied by the high school building. The
following summer Mr. Mitchell sold at auction sixty lots in
Omaha for about $60 each. Through the capital fight
THE OMAHA HIGH SCHOOL.
In January, 1855, U. S. Marshal, Mark W. Izard, was appointed Governor to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Governor Burt. An executive ball was given in honor of Governor
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