Capital: Topeka

State Nickname: Sunflower State

State Bird: West Meadowlark

State Flower: Native Sunflower

Admitted to the Union: January 29, 1861

Governors

February 9, 1861 to January 12, 1863:

Charles Robinson

January 12, 1863 to January 9, 1865:

Thomas Carney

January 9, 1865 to November 4, 1868:

Samuel J. Crawford

November 4, 1868 to January 11, 1869:

Nehemiah Green

January 11, 1869 to January 13, 1873:

James Madison Harvey

January 13, 1873 to January 18, 1877:

Thomas A. Osborn

January 18, 1877 to January 13, 1879:

George T. Anthony

January 13, 1879 to January 8, 1883:

Pohn P. St. John

January 8, 1883 to January 13, 1885:

George Washington Glick

January 13, 1885 to January 14, 1889:

John A. Martin

January 14, 1889 to January 9, 1893:

Lyman U. Humphrey

January 9, 1893 to January 14, 1895:

Lorenzo D. Lewelling

January 14, 1895 to January 11, 1897:

Edmund N. Morrill

January 11, 1897 to January 9, 1899:

John W. Leedy

January 9, 1899 to January 12, 1903:

William E. Stanley

January 12, 1903 to January 9, 1905:

Willis J. Bailey

January 9, 1905 to January 11, 1909:

Edward W. Hoch

January 11, 1909 to January 13, 1913:

Walter R. Stubbs

January 13, 1913 to January 11, 1915:

George H. Hodges

January 11, 1915 to January 13, 1919:

Arthur Capper

January 13, 1919 to January 8, 1923:

Henry J. Allen

January 8, 1923 to January 12, 1925:

Jonathan McM. Davis

January 12, 1925 to January 14, 1929:

Ben S. Paulen

January 14, 1929 to January 12, 1931:

Clyde M. Reed

January 12, 1931 to January 9, 1933:

Henry W. Woodring

January 9, 1933 to January 11, 1937:

Alfred M. Landon

January 11, 1937 to January 9, 1939:

Walter A. Huxman

January 9, 1939 to January 11, 1943:

Payne H. Ratner

January 11, 1943 to January 13, 1947:

andrew F. Schoeppel

January 13, 1947 to November 28, 1950:

Frank Carlson

November 28, 1950 to January 8, 1951:

Frank L. Hagaman

January 8, 1951 to January 10, 1955:

Edward F. Arn

January 10, 1955 to January 3, 1957:

Frederick L. Hall

January 3, 1957 to January 14, 1957:

John McCuish

January 14, 1957 to January 9, 1961:

George Docking

January 19, 1961 to January 11, 1965:

John Anderson, Jr.

January 11, 1965 to January 9, 1967:

William H. Avery

January 9, 1967 to January 13, 1975:

Robert B. Docking

January 13, 1975 to January 8, 1979:

Robert F. Bennett

January 8, 1979 to January 12, 1987:

John Carlin

January 12, 1987 to January 14, 1991:

Mike Hayden

January 14, 1991 to January 9, 1995:

Joan Finney

January 9, 1995 to January 13, 2003:

Bill Graves

January 13, 2003:

Kathleen Sebelius

 
Senators - Class II

April 4, 1861 – July 11, 1866

James Henry Lane

July 25, 1866 – March 3, 1871

Edmund Gibson Ross

March 4, 1871 – March 24, 1873,

Alexander Caldwell * Resigned office

November 24, 1873 – February 12, 1874

Robert Crozier

January 11, 1869 – January 13, 1873

James Madison Harvey

March 4, 1877 – December 20, 1891)

Preston Bierce Plumb * Died in office

January 1, 1892 – March 3, 1893

Bishop Walden Perkins

March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895

John Martin

March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1901

Lucien Baker

March 4, 1901 – June 4, 1906

Joseph Ralph Burton * Resigned office

June 11, 1906 – January 23, 1907

Alfred Washburn Benson

January 29, 1907 – March 4, 1913

Charles Curtis

March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1919

William Howard Thompson

March 4, 1919 – January 3, 1949

Arthur Capper

January 3, 1949 – January 21, 1962

Andrew Frank Schoeppel

January 31, 1962 – December 23, 1978

James Blackwood Pearson

December 23, 1978 – January 3, 1997

Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker

January 7, 1997 –

Charles Patrick Roberts

 
Senators - Class III

April 4, 1861 – March 3, 1873

Samuel Clarke Pomeroy

March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1891

John James Ingalls

March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1897

William Alfred Peffer

March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1909

William Alexander Harris

March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1909

Chester Isaiah Long

March 4, 1909 – March 3, 1915

Joseph Little Bristow

March 4, 1915 – March 4, 1929

Charles Curtis

April 1, 1929 – Nov. 30, 1930

Henry Justin Allen

December 1, 1930 – January 3, 1939

George McGill

January 3, 1939 – November 8, 1949

Clyde Martin Reed * Died in office

December 2, 1949 – November 28, 1950

Harry Darby

November 29, 1950 – January 3, 1969

Frank Carlson

January 3, 1969 – June 11, 1996

Bob Russell Dole * Resigned office

June 11, 1996 – November 6, 1996

Sheila Sloan Frahm

November 7, 1996 –

Samuel Dale Brownback

 
State Song
Home on the Range

Written by Brewster Higley
Composed by Daniel Kelley

Oh, give me a home, where the buffalo roam,
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

Chorus

Where the air is so pure, the zephyrs so free,
The breezes so balmy and light,
That I would not exchange my home on the range
For all the cities so bright.

Chorus

Oh, give me a land where the bright diamond sand
Flows leisurely down the stream;
Where the graceful white swan goes gliding along
Like a maid in a heavenly dream.

Chorus

The red man was pressed from this part of the West,
He's likly no more to return
To the banks of Red River where seldom if ever
Their flickering campfires burn.

Chorus

How often at night when the heavens are bright
With the light of the glittering stars,
Have I stood here amazed and asked as I gazed
If their glory exceeds that of ours.

Chorus

Oh, I love these wild flowers in this dear land of ours;
The curlew I love to hear scream;
And I love the white rocks and the antelope flocks
That graze on the mountain-tops green.

Chorus

Then I would not exchange my home on the range,
Where the deer and the antelope play;
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

Chorus

Home, home on the range,
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the skies are not cloudy all day.


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State Population

1860: 107,206

1870: 364,399

1880: 996,096

1890: 1.427,096

1900: 1,470,495

1910: 1,690,040

1920: 1,769,257

1930: 1,880,999

1940: 1,801,028

1950: 1,905,299

1960: 2,178,611

1970: 2,249,071

1980: 2,363,808

1990: 2,477,574

2000: 2,688,814

 


State Capitol Building 1907