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The Wyandotte Convention completes and signs the new Kansas State Constitution

Kansas, 1857, zoomable map
07/29/1859
For most of July, fifty-two delegates from all over the territory had been meeting at Wyandotte, Kansas to frame a new constitution in preparation for statehood.  By July 29, 1859, the new document had been worked out and was signed. The Constitution was put to a referendum in October, 1859 and approved by popular vote. After the struggles and bloodshed that had surrounded the earlier abortive Topeka and Lecompton Constitutions, Kansas now seemed ready for statehood. Kansas was admitted to the Union in January, 1861 and the Wyandotte Constitution has been in force since. (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, KS: Kansas State Printing Plant, 1920), 573.

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