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January 4, 1858 A second ratification vote is held for the Lecompton Constitution. The Free-staters reject the Lecompton Constitution. Kansas
  Lecompton Constitution
February 2, 1858 President Buchanan reiterates his support of the Lecompton Constitution to the Senate, which accepts the document 32-25 over the objections of Stephen Douglas Kansas
  James Buchanan
  Lecompton Constitution
  English Bill
  Stephen A. Douglas
February 19, 1858 The Mormon Church in Salt Lake City begins issuing "defense notes." They will continue issuing this paper currency for a month
  Utah War
March 23, 1858 Free-stater convention convenes in Leavenworth, Kansas Kansas
  Kansas becomes a state
March 23, 1858 With Albert Sidney Johnston advancing on Salt Lake City, Brigham Young issues his "Sebastopol Policy," calling for Mormons to retreat from the advancing U. S. Army
  Utah War
March 23, 1858 Rather than rubber-stamp James Buchanan's desire to pass the Lecompton Constitution, the U. S. House votes to require resubmission after a vote.
  English Bill
March 31, 1858 The Church of Mormon begins issuing its "Move South" series of paper currency.
  Utah War
April 3, 1858 Leavenworth Constitution is adopted by a Free-stater constitutional convention. It is opposed by the Buchanan administration because it does not represent the people of the state Kansas
  James Buchanan
  Kansas becomes a state
April 23, 1858 In an attempt to force the acceptance of the Lecompton Constitution, a joint committee of Congress drafts the English Bill. Kansas
  Alexander Stephens
  William Seward
  Lecompton Constitution
  English Bill
April 30, 1858 The English Bill passes both houses of Congress
  English Bill
May 4, 1858 James Buchanan signs the English Bill
  Kansas becomes a state
  English Bill
  James Buchanan
May 11, 1858 Minnesota enters the Union as a free state
June 12, 1858 Brigham Young accepts a pardon for the people of the Utah Territory
  Utah War
June 15, 1858 Abraham Lincoln makes his "House Divided" speech before the Illinois Republican Convention to kick off his senatorial run against Stephen Douglas Illinois
  A House Divided [Full Text]
  Stephen A. Douglas
  Abraham Lincoln
  Republican Party
June 26, 1858 Albert Sidney Johnston marches through a deserted Salt Lake City
  Albert Sidney Johnston
  Utah War
August 2, 1858 In a straight up or down vote required by the U. S. Congress for admission, the Lecomption Constitution as modified by the English Bill is overwhelmingly defeated. It is so bad that both pro-slave and freestate factions vote against it. The state must approve a different constitution. Kansas
  English Bill
  Lecompton Constitution
  Kansas becomes a state
August 4, 1858 First trans-Atlantic telegraph cable completed by USS Niagara and British ship Agamemnon
  Telegraph
August 21, 1858 First of seven Lincoln-Douglas debates Illinois
  Stephen A. Douglas
  Abraham Lincoln
August 27, 1858 Second Lincoln-Douglas debate, Freeport, Illinois Illinois
  Stephen A. Douglas
  Abraham Lincoln
September 1, 1858 Battle of Four Lakes, near present-day Spokane, WA, features 500 U. S. soldiers defeating a similar-sized contingent of American Indians. The soldiers won because their new rifle-bored muskets exceeded the range of the Indians smooth-bore weapons
  1855 Springfield Rifle
September 15, 1858 Third Lincoln-Douglas debate Illinois
  Stephen A. Douglas
  Abraham Lincoln
September 18, 1858 Fourth Lincoln-Douglas debate, Charleston, Illinois Illinois
  Abraham Lincoln
  Stephen A. Douglas
September 21, 1858 The sloop Niagara leaves Charleston with African slaves rescued from a slave ship South Carolina
October 7, 1858 Fifth Lincoln-Douglas debate, Galesburg, Illinois Illinois
  Stephen A. Douglas
  Abraham Lincoln
October 13, 1858 Sixth Lincoln-Douglas debate, Quincy, Illinois Illinois
  Stephen A. Douglas
  Abraham Lincoln
October 15, 1858 Seventh Lincoln-Douglas debate, Alton, Illinois Illinois
  Stephen A. Douglas
  Abraham Lincoln

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