The abolitionists prevailed, and on January 29, 1861, Kansas entered the Union as a free state.
After the Civil War, the population of Kansas grew rapidly when waves of immigrants turned the prairie into farmland.
He was roundly condemned by both the conventional Confederate military and the partisan rangers commissioned by the Missouri legislature.
His application to that body for a commission was flatly rejected due to his pre-war criminal record.
From 1812 to 1821, Kansas was part of the Missouri Territory.
Kansas, which has an area of 82,278 square miles (213,100 square kilometers) is the 15th-largest state by area and is the 34th most-populous of the 50 states with a population of 2,911,641. Mount Sunflower is Kansas's highest point at 4,041 feet (1,232 meters).
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When it was officially opened to settlement by the U. government in 1854 with the Kansas–Nebraska Act, abolitionist Free-Staters from New England and pro-slavery settlers from neighboring Missouri rushed to the territory to determine whether Kansas would become a free state or a slave state.
Thus, the area was a hotbed of violence and chaos in its early days as these forces collided, and was known as Bleeding Kansas.