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President Johnson asks the Louisiana legislature to postpone its call for a new constitution.

State Capitol, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1861, artist's impression
03/09/1866

Under military occupation, Louisiana had produced a new constitution in 1864.  This document was clearly very unpopular among the white electorate of the state and the Democratic controlled legislature introduced a proposal to call for a new constitutional convention to meet on July 2, 1866.  As the bill was making its way successfully through the body, a plea from President Andrew Johnson saying that such conservative action would be damaging to his policies and requesting patience was acceded to and the bill laid aside. (By John Osborne) 

Source Citation: 

"Louisiana," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 450.

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