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A convention assembles in Wyandotte, Kansas to create a Kansas State Constitution

Kansas, 1857, zoomable map
07/05/1859
As the territorial legislature had ordered in February, and a March referendum had confirmed, a convention with fifty-two elected delegates from all over the territory, thirty-five Republicans and seventeen Democrats, met at Wyandotte, Kansas to produce a State Constitution. New York native James M. Winchell of Osage County was elected to sit as President and John A. Martin, a twenty-one year old Pennsylvania born newspaper editor from Atchison, Kansas, was named secretary. Three and a half weeks later, on July 29, 1859, the new document had been worked out and was signed. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
State of Kansas, Kansas Constitutional Convention: A Reprint of the Proceedings and Debates of the Convention which Framed the Constitution of Kansas at Wyandotte in July, 1859 .... (Topeka: Kansas State Printing Plant, 1920), 573.

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