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Nevada delegates meet to frame a constitution for their unorganized territory

Nevada, 1865, zoomable map
07/18/1859 to 07/27/1859
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. Four days afterwards, a constitutional convention was held at Genoa, Nevada over a ten day period, and a document created. This "constitution" 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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