7th Arizona Territorial Legislature
The Indian Wars continued within Arizona Territory. Dissatisfied with the situation, Governor Anson P.K. Safford and Territorial Delegate to Congress Richard C. McCormick had successfully lobbied for a replacement to General George Stoneman as commander of the District of Arizona. Replacing the general was Colonel George Crook who was bringing new methodologies to the fight.
Following the establishment of a public school system by the previous legislature, Arizona's first public school had opened in March 1872. On a more private level, Governor Safford and his wife Jenny had experienced a public falling out of their marriage following the death of their infant son. The situation had escalated to the point where she had printed and distributed pamphlets claiming he had committed marital infidelity and contracted a venereal disease.
The legislative session began on January 6, 1873.
Governor Safford gave his address to the session on January 17, 1873. In regards to the Apache situation, he stated "The hostility of Indians strikes at the life of our people, retards immigration, prevents development of our resources, and impoverishes the masses."
In more mundane matters, Safford reported on the need to revise the territorial legal code, build a prison, and make provisions for the care of the insane. He also declared Arizona's "great diamond mine" a hoax.
Finally the legislature passed granted a divorce to the Governor and his wife.
|House of Representatives|
|John Brackett Allen||Pima||John Montgomery||Pima|
|John H. Behan||Yavapai||Granville H. Oury (Speaker)||Maricopa|
|C. H. Brinley||Yuma||J. M. Redondo||Yuma|
|William Cole||Yavapai||C. W. C. Rowell||Yuma|
|William C. Davis||Pima||John T. Smith||Pima|
|George Gleason||Mohave and Yuma||Thomas Stonehouse||Yavapai|
|Fred Henry||Yavapai||John W. Sweeney||Pima|
|Lionel M. Jacobs||Pima||J. S. Vosburg||Pima|
|F. M. Larkin||Pima||Henry Wickenburg||Yavapai|
|Thomas J. Bidwell||Yuma|
|J. P. Hargrave (President)||Yavapai|
|W. F. Henning||Yuma and Mohave|
|A. O. Noyes||Yavapai|
|Hiram S. Stevens||Pima|
|King Woolsey||Yavapai and Maricopa|
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