1838 Florida Constitution

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03 Dec 1838

Delegates from around the state met at St. Joseph to draft a Constitution and bill of rights for the Territory of Florida on this date. Robert R. Reid, future governor of the territory presided over the convention. Delegates were broken into 18 committees to determine specific areas of the government. The only major issue of contention was on banking legislation, but the convention adjourned on January 11th. No original copy of the document exists today, but a secretary’s copy is held by the State Archives of Florida.


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