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The 1867 New York State Constitutional Convention opens in Albany, New York.

William A. Wheeler, newly elected president of the Convention, addressing the New York State Constitutional Convention, Albany, New York, June 4, 1867, artist's impression, detail.
06/04/1867

New Yorkers had opted for a Constitutional Convention in the 1866 election and, subsequent to a ballot selecting delegates in April 1867 that returned a slight Republican majority, the Convention opened in Albany on this day.  William Wheeler received 100 of the 149 votes cast for president and gave a speech that afternoon.  The gathering met into early 1868 but their resulting deliberations for a new constitution for New York were rejected in the 1868 election, mainly on the strength of Democratic votes.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

State of New York, Journal of the Convention of the State of New York, begun and held at the State Capitol, in the City of Albany, on the 4th Day of June, 1867 (Albany, NY: Weed, Parsons, and Company, 1867), 15-16.

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