Founded in 1856 as the village of Lancaster; Lincoln is Nebraska’s capital city and home to the University of Nebraska. While Omaha was the original capital of the Nebraska Territory, most of the population lived south of the Platte River and residents lobbied for a change to Lancaster. In an attempt to derail the capital change, Omaha interests had Lancaster renamed after recently assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. Since many south of the river were sympathetic to the Confederate cause it was assumed that the measure would not pass with the new name. But the ploy ultimately failed and Lincoln became the new state capital when Nebraska was admitted to the Union in 1867.