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Nevada settlers elect a slate of delegates to frame a territorial constitution

Nevada, 1865, zoomable map
07/14/1859
Impatient inhabitants of the counties south of Utah met in June, 1859 to set an election for delegates who would frame a constitution for a new territory. Following this election, a constitutional convention was held at Genoa, Nevada, a document was created that was ratified by referendum in September. A governor, Isaac Roop, was elected and a legislature assembled briefly in December, 1859 but never met again. The territory of Nevada would officially be created in March, 1861 by act of Congress. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Samuel Post Davis, The History of Nevada, Volume I (Reno, NV: Elms Publishing, 1913), 191.

Benson J. Lossing, Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History From 458 A.D. to 1902, Volume IX (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1902), 491.

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