Robinson Becomes First Kansas Governor

Saturday, February 9, 1861

Governor Charles Robinson. Courtesy of the Kansas Historical Society.

Charles Robinson, a Free-Stater and one of the early leaders of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, takes office as the first governor of the new State of Kansas. His tenure is marked by the beginning of the Civil War and his impeachment due to a rivalry with fellow Free-Stater and U.S. Senator, James H. Lane. He eventually leaves office on January 12, 1863.


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