This series is the official or "engrossed" copy of the Utah State Constitution adopted by the Constitutional Convention in 1895. The Convention met to draft a constitution from 4 March to 8 May 1895. As the convention was considering final changes to the proposed constitution it was decided to have an official copy made "without blot, erasure or interlineation, on parchment sheets, 11 x 17" to be signed by members of the convention. Engrossing clerk Joseph A. Smith completed the engrossed copy by 8 May, when it was submitted to the convention.; This series is the official or "engrossed" copy of the Utah State Constitution adopted by the Constitutional Convention in 1895. Congress passed an Enabling Act in 1894 that set out the requirements for the Utah Territory to achieve statehood. The main requirement was the adoption of an acceptable constitution. The Constitutional Convention met to formulate such a document from 4 March to 8 May1895. Convention delegates debated a variety of issues related to crafting a constitution, including the structure of state government, the separation of church and state, and woman suffrage.; As the convention was considering final changes to the proposed constitution the Committee on Rules and Methods of Procedure recommended that "the Constitution of the State of Utah be carefully engrossed, without blot, erasure or interlineation, on parchment sheets, 11 x 17" and that the document be "signed by the members" (Proceedings of the Constitutional Convention, p. 1787). On 6 May 1895 the convention approved the final version of the Constitution and directed the Committee on Enrollment and Engrossment to have the Constitution engrossed by a single clerk, so that the entire document would be in one hand. Engrossing clerk Joseph A. Smith completed the engrossed copy by 8 May, when it was submitted to the convention. The engrossed Constitution was read and adopted by the convention and each member signed as his name was called. The eight absent members were given until 15 October to add their signatures to the document.; The omission of the words "at such times" in the last line of Article IV, Section 9, was brought to the attention of the convention just as it was preparing to adopt and sign the Constitution. It was decided that the omission should be corrected, so the clerk apparently engrossed page 9 of the Constitution again after the document had been adopted and signed.; The new State Constitution was approved by voters in November 1895 and a copy was sent to Washington, D.C., for review. The Constitution met with federal approval and on 4 January 1896 President Grover Cleveland signed a proclamation admitting Utah as the 45th state in the Union.; This series also includes two facsimile copies of the engrossed Constitution. One of these copies is likely the back-up copy created in 1940 when the original was placed on display. One copy is in a leather cover that is likely from the first binding of the original engrossed copy.; This series is arranged with the official engrossed copy first, followed by two facsimile copies.; Historical Note; An agency history is available.; State Constitution; Preamble (Page 1); Article 1: Declaration of Rights (Pages 1-5); Article 2: State Boundaries (Pages 5-6); Article 3: Ordinance (Pages 6-7); Article 4: Elections and Right of Suffrage (Pages 7-9); Article 5: Distribution of Powers (Page 9); Article 6: Legislative Department (Pages 9-16); Article 7: Executive (Pages 16-24); Article 8: Judicial Department (Pages 24-31); Article 9: Congressional and Legislative Apportionment (Pages 31-35); Article 10: Education (Pages 35-38); Article 11: Counties, Cities and Towns (Pages 38-39); Article 12: Corporations (Pages 39-43); Article 13: Revenue and Taxation (Pages 43-46); Article 14: Public Debt (Pages 47-49); Article 15: Militia (Page 49); Article 16: Labor (Pages 49-50); Article 17: Water Rights (Page 50); Article 18: Forestry (Pages 50-51); Article 19: Public Buildings and State Institutions (Page 51); Article 20: Public Lands (Page 52); Article 21: Salaries (Pages 52-53); Article 22: Miscellaneous (Page 53); Article 23: Amendments (Pages 53-54); Article 24: Schedule (Pages 54-60); Signatures (Pages 60-64); Facsimile copy (negative); Facsimile copy (positive) in leather cover
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This series is available on microfilm.; This series is available online as part of the Utah State Archives Digital Archives.
Records from the Statehood Constitutional Convention (1895), Series 3212, contain documentation of the Constitutional Convention, including the published proceedings of the convention.