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TREASURER'S ACCOUNT BOOK

TREASURER’S ACCOUNT BOOK, RICHARDSON COUNTY, NEBRASKA

Nebraska] A detailed record of taxes paid in Richardson County, Nebraska from October 1892 to October 1908. The handwritten entries fill 67 leaves, while the following 90 pages in this volume are blank. The ledger has columns for the date taxes were paid, who paid them, and the assessed value of property. The ledger further breaks down how taxes were divided between state and county, road tax, school, bridge and railroad bonds, etc. The ledger also shows a poll tax paid by some individuals. Poll taxes, also known as head taxes, soul taxes, or capitation taxes, are levied upon individuals rather than on income or property. In some jurisdictions poll taxes were linked to suffrage, while in other jurisdictions the poll tax was simply another form of revenue. In Nebraska, the poll tax applied only to men between the ages of 21 and 50. It was repealed in the 1960s. Richardson County is comprised of 554 square miles within the extreme southeastern portion of the state, with a current total population of roughly 8,000 people. In the 1890s, the county population was 17,500. The first permanent settlement in Richardson County was established in 1855. The county takes its name from William A. Richardson, who held a commission from President Buchanan as territorial governor, arriving in the state in 1858. Folio (17 ½" x 14 ¾"). Bound in one-quarter red leather over brown suede, with four raised bands, gilt titles, and decorative blind stamping. A label is affixed to the front pastedown from the State Journal Co. in Lincoln, Nebraska, the maker of the ledger, indicating this is #29152 in a sequence. Some general scuffing and light edgewear; otherwise very good.