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In Nebraska Territory, John Taffe is elected to become the first U.S. Representative from the new state.

Nebraska, 1861, zoomable map
10/09/1866

The Nebraska Territory was on the verge of becoming the thirty-seventh state of the Union and elections were held for its first representative to the United States Congress.  Republican Union Army veteran John Taffe was elected in a relatively close election by 4,820 votes to 4,072.  Nebraska became a state, over President Johnson's veto, on February 9, 1867, and Taffe was duly seated as a full member.  He served in the next three Congresses, retiring in March 1873.  (By John Osborne) 

Source Citation: 

"Territories of the United States," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 736.

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