Kansas-nebraska act, Bleeding Kansas

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    Civil War

  • Kansas-Nebraska Act printed

    The bill that would become the Kansas-Nebraska Act is printed for the first time.
  • Reported

    Committee of Terrortories chairman Stephen Douglas reports the Kansas-Nebraska Act.
  • Missouri Compromise Repealed

    Kentucky Senator Dixon offers an amendment to the Kansas-Nebraska Act repealing the Missouri Compromise.
  • Nebraska Act Released

    Following a discussion with Franklin Pierce and Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, Douglas releases the Nebraska act with two significant changes: Two terrortories, Kansas and Nebraska will be formed and the Missouri Compromise is superceded and inoperative.
  • Nebraska Act Attacked

    Salmon Chase and Charles Sumner release the "Appeal of the Independent Democrats in Congress to the People of the United States," attacking the Nebraska Act.
  • Nebraska Act Renamed

    Steven Douglas resubmits the Nebraska Act as the Kansas-Nebraska Act and extends the law of the United States to the territories.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act Passed

    Stephen Douglas stands his ground in the Senate as he closes debate on the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Finally, at 5:00 am on the 4th, the Senate passes the bill, 37 to 14
  • Republicans Created

    A group of citizens under led by attorney Alvan E. Bovay met in a schoolhouse in support of the abolition of slavery. They adopted the name "Republicans"
  • Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Company recognized

    Emory Washburn signs legislation officially recognizing the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Company. It was founded by Eli Thayer, Alexander H. Bullock and Edward Everett Hale.
  • Opponents of the Act Outwitted

    Invoking seldom-used Clause 119 of the House Rules, Alexander Stephens outwits the opponents of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in the House and passes the bill after an unfavorable return from committee.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act Approved

    Joint Committee of Congress approves the Kansas-Nebraska Act
  • The Act signed into Law

    President Franklin Pierce signs the Kansas-Nebraska Act into law.
  • First Statewide Platform

    Meeting in Jackson, a group of Republicans present the first statewide platform and nominate a slate of candidates
  • Governor of Kansas Sworn in

    Franklin Pierce swears Andrew Reeder in as territorial governor of Kansas in Washington, D. C.
  • First settlers in Kansas

    First settlers arrive in Kansas under the New England Emigrant Society charter. They set up tents on the Kansas River.
  • Lawrence, Kansas is founded.

    The city of Lawrence, Kansas is founded.
  • Ostend Manifesto

    James Buchanan pens the Ostend Manifesto.
  • John Whitfield elected

    Pro-slavery forces from Missouri cross the Kansas border and elect John Whitfield, a pro-slavery candidate as territorial delegate to Washington. More than 1,700 illegal votes were registered.