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The legislature first met here in 1826; Jefferson City became the county-seat in 1828, and in 1839 was first chartered as a city.
In June 1861 Jefferson City was occupied by Union forces, and in September - October 1864 it was threatened by Confederate troops under General Sterling Price.
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In 1896 a constitutional amendment to remove the state capital from Jefferson City to Sedalia was defeated by popular vote.
The south-eastern corner is crossed by an annual isotherm of 60°, the north-western by one of 50°; and although in the former region sometimes not a day in the year may show an average temperature below freezing-point, at Jefferson City there are occasionally two months of freezing weather, and at Rockport three.