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John Ireland

John Ireland in front of the temporary capitol

This undated photograph shows state officials and employees in front of the temporary capitol, which was hastily erected to house the government while the construction of the present capitol was going on. This building was not well constructed and seemed to be jinxed. Begun on May 19, 1882, its walls collapsed in a rainstorm before it could be occupied. It was completed by the end of 1882, but flooded whenever it rained. The temporary capitol burned down on September 30, 1899.

Seated, from left to right, are comptroller John D. McCall, House Speaker L.L. Foster, Governor Ireland, Supreme Court clerk Charles S. Morse, and Senate doorkeeper A.J. Dorn (tentative identification).

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