On December 8, 1857, the fourth session began, with no change in the
roll of the council members from the foregoing session.
Hon. George L. Miller, of Omaha, was elected president;
Safford, chief clerk
S. H. Elbert, assistant clerk
Graves, enrolling and engrossing clerk
Jacob R. Cromwell, doorkeeper.
Hon. J. H. Decker, of
Otoe County, speaker
S. M. Curran, chief clerk
R. A. Howard,
Albert Mathias, sergeant-at-arms
The roll of the house showed:
Pawnee counties, A. F. Cromwell, Wingate King
Nemaha and Johnson
counties, A. J. Benedict, J. S. Miniek, S. A. Chambers
County, J. Sterling Morton, J. C. Campbell, J. G. Abbey, D. B. Robb,
W. B. Hail, J. H. Decker
Cass County, E. A. Donelan, T. M.
Marquette, L. Sheldon
Sarpy County, S. A. Strickland, C. T.
Holloway, James Davidson, Amos Gates
Douglas County, George
Armstrong, J. Steinberger, George Clayes, J. S. Stewart, M. Murphy,
A. J. Poppleton, W. R. Thrall, J. W. Paddock
J. A. Stewart, P. C. Sullivan, P. G. Cooper
Burt and Cuming
Counties, William B. Beck
Dakota and Cedar counties, W. G.
Crawford, E. C. Jones
Dodge and Platte Counties, J. M. Taggart
On September 21, 1858, the fifth session of the legislature began.
The following members composed the council:
Richardson and Pawnee counties, Charles McDonald, whose seat was
contested by E. S. Dundy;
Nemaha County, R. W. Furnas
County, Mills S. Reeves, W. H. Taylor
Otoe, Cass and Dodge
counties, John H. Cheever
Sarpy County, L. L. Bowen
County, G. L. Miller, W. E. Moore, John H. Porter
County, George B. Scott; Burt, Washington and Sarpy counties, George
W. Doan Dakota County, W. G. Crawford.
Hon. L. L. Bowen was elected president;
S. M. Curran, chief
John G. Tredway, assistant clerk
John McA. Campbell,
John Reck, doorkeeper.
In the house the
Richardson and Pawnee counties, William C. Fleming,
A. C. Dean;
Nemaha and Johnson counties, M. F. Clark, Jesse
Noel, S. G. Daily;
Otoe County, John Cassell, O. P. Mason, H. P.
Bennett, George F. Lee, W. B. Hall;
Cass County, William A.
Davis; William J Young, T. M. Marquette, R. G. Doom;
County, Charles C. Norwood, Stephen H. Watties;
James H. Seymour, Clinton Briggs, Augustus Roeder, James Stewart,
William A. Gwyer, R. W. Steele, John A. Steinberger, George Clayes;
Dodge and Platte counties, Henry W. DePuy;
County, C. D. Davis, P. G. Cooper, L. W. Kline; Burt County, David
L. Collier; Dakota, Cedar and L'eau Qui Court counties, John Taffe,
D. T. Bramble.
The officers of the house were:
H. P. Bennett, speaker;
G. McNeely, chief clerk;
Hugh McNeely, assistant clerk;
D. N. Thompson, sergeant-at-arms;
F. H. Rogers, doorkeeper.
On the 1st of November, 1858, Representative S. G. Daily
introduced a bill "to abolish slavery in the Territory of Nebraska."
This bill, with various changes and amendments, occupied a great
deal of the time of the various sessions of the legislature until
January 1, 1861, when a bill prohibiting slavery was passed over the
veto of Governor Black. This matter is treated at length in another
part of this work.
Governor Richardson's term extended only
from January 12, 1858, to the 5th of December of the same year.
Secretary J. Sterling Morton assumed the functions of executive at
that date, continuing as acting governor until the arrival of
Governor Samuel W. Black May 2, 1859.
On December 5, 1859, the sixth session of the territorial
legislature convened at Omaha. The only changes in the council were:
Thomas J. Boykin, of Sarpy County
Thomas T. Collier, of Dakota
W. A. Little, of Douglas County, who succeeded Messrs.
Bowen, Crawford and Moore respectively
The officers of the council were:
A. Donelan, president
S. M. Curran, chief clerk
E. A. Allen,
J. F. Coffman, sergeant-at-arms
The house roll
Richardson County, Houston Nuckolls, J. F. Burbank, Nathan Myers
Nemaha County, George Crowe, W. W. Keeling, Jesse Noel, John P.
Otoe County, John C. Campbell, Alex Bain, Truman H. Adams,
Stephen H. Nuckolls, Milton W. Reynolds, William H. Broadhead
Cass and Lancaster counties, J. N. Stephenson, William S. Latta,
William R. Davis, Samuel Maxwell, T. M. Marquette
Matthew J. Shields, Silas A. Strickland
Douglas County, A. J.
Hanscom, D. D. Belden, Harrison Johnson, George F. Kennedy, George
B. Lake, A. B. Malcomb
Washington County, James S. Stewart, J. S.
Burt and Cuming counties, David S. Collier
County, George A. Hinsdale, Barnabas Bates
Dixon, Cedar and L'eau
Qui Court counties, James Tufts
The officers were:
James W. Moore, chief clerk
George W. Rust
J. W. Coleman, sergeant-at-arms
N. J. Sharp,
Among the most important legislation of the sixth
session was "an act to frame a constitution and state government for
the State of Nebraska." The proposition was submitted to the people
March 5, 1860, and decided adversely by a vote of 2,372 against it
and 2,094 for it.
Source: Compendium of History Reminiscence and Biography Of
Nebraska, Alden Publishing Company, Chicago, 1912
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