Was made a Territory May 30, 1854, embracing 351,558 square miles.
A portion was set off to Colorado
in February, 1861, and another portion to Dakota
In March, 1863, Nebraska
was further shorn by taking off the Territory of Idaho
In 1860 the people voted against the proposition to form a State government.
April, 1864, Congress authorized the people to organize a State government, but the continuance of war and the prevalence of Indian hostilities prevented action in the matter until early in the year 1866, when the territorial legislature framed a constitution, which was ratified in June.
A bill to admit Nebraska
as a State passed Congress soon afterwards, but President Johnson
withheld his signature.
A similar bill was passed in January, 1867, but was vetoed by the President It
was passed over his veto by a vote of 30 to 9 in the Senate and of 120 to 44 in the House
, and Nebraska
was admitted as the thirty-seventh State of the Union
, March 1, 1867.
was chosen as the seat of government soon afterwards Population in 1890, 1,058,910; in 1900 1,069,539.
See United States, Nebraska
, in vol.
|David Butler||term began||1867|
|William H. James||acting||June 2, 1871|
|Robert W. Furnass||term began||Jan. 9, 1873|
|Silas Garber||term begins||Jan. 9, 1875|
|Albinus Nance||term begins||Jan. 9, 1879|
|James W. Dawes||term begins||Jan. 9, 1883|
|John M. Thayer||term begins||Jan. 9, 1887|
|Lorenzo Crounse||term begins||Jan. 9, 1893|
|Silas A. Holcomb||term begins||Jan. 9, 1895|
|William A. Poynter||term begins||Jan. 9, 1899|
|Charles H. Dietrich||term begins||Jan. 9, 1901|
Protest against slavery.
On May 25, 1854, Charles Sumner
delivered the following speech in the United States Senate in presenting a protest against the extension of slavery into Nebraska