Governor Crawford of Kansas appoints Edmund Ross to succeed James H. Lane in the U.S. Senate.
Despondent and mentally-ill Senator James Henry Lane of Kansas has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 11, 1866 at Fort Leavenworth. Governor Samuel J. Crawford appointed Civil War veteran cavalryman Edmund G. Ross to replace him. Ross would later become famous for his deciding vote against the impeachment of President Johnson. He was not re-elected and became a Democrat. (By John Osborne)
"Kansas," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 423.