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President Buchanan signs the bill to admit free Kansas as the 34th state of the Union

James Buchanan, Brady daguerreotype, detail
01/29/1861
President James Buchanan ended what had been for him a protracted and destructive episode when he signed the bill to admit Kansas as the thirty-fourth state of the Union.  With eight southern senators withdrawn and no longer able to block the measure, the United States Senate had passed the bill to admit Kansas as a free state under the Wyandotte Constitution by a vote of thirty-six to sixteen the previous day.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Francis H. Heller, The Kansas State Constitution: A Reference Guide (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 9.

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