Monday, July 19, 2010

Missouri's first constitution signed on this date

Missouri got its first constitution on this date 190 years ago.

You can read all about it in the Western Historical Manuscripts Collection, but here's an excerpt to whet your appetite:

The signing of Missouri's first constitution took place July 19, 1820, in a small St. Louis hotel, the Mansion House, at the northeast corner of Third and Vine streets. This constitution at once superseded in sovereign authority the former organic laws of Missouri. Such territorial laws and officers as remained temporarily in force derived their legal power from the express sanction of this constitution. On the same day, David Barton, president of the constitutional convention, through power vested in him by that body, issued writs of election to the sheriffs of each county. These writs were of the first state election, to be held August 28, 1820, and were issued under authority of "the State of Missouri." Not until August 10, 1821, however, was Missouri finally admitted to the Union.

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