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In Arizona, an unauthorized convention meets to form a provisional government

Arizona and New Mexico, 1860, zoomable map
04/02/1860 to 04/05/1860
In Tuscon, Arizona, an unauthorized convention was held to inaugurate a provisional government until Congress organized a Territorial Government.  Thirty-one delegates named L.S. Owings as governor, adopted New Mexico Territory laws, and outlined a legislature.  Little came of the effort and in 1861 parts of southern Arizona declared for the Confederacy.  Congress finally authorized the Arizona Territory on February 24, 1863.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Hubert Howe Bancroft, History of Arizona and New Mexico, 1530-1888 (San Francisco, CA:  The History Company, 1889), 507-508.

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