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The George A. Crawford Papers digital collection includes correspondence, excerpts from speeches, and news clippings from 1854 to 1861, which were compiled or created by Crawford, the founder of Fort Scott, Kansas, an editor and several times a gubernatorial candidate. The collection deals with the period in Kansas politics characterized by anarchy, violence and indecision as to whether Kansas would be admitted to the Union as a pro-slavery or a free-soil state. A sizeable portion of the correspondence involves Crawford and his associates' land speculations involving Indian lands in Kansas connected with the railroad's expansion. Another part of the collection focuses on Crawford's election to the Kansas governorship in 1861 which was subsequently declared illegal by the Kansas State Supreme Court. Know-Nothingism comprises a prominent part of the collection with extensive portions of speeches, notes, and editorials by Crawford in opposition to the anti-foreign and anti-Catholic policies perpetrated by the secret organization of Know-Nothings. A eulogy of Crawford is included in the collection.
Finding Aid to George A. Crawford Papers