Happy Birthday, Missouri Constitution!

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Commentary, Constitutional Structure

On July 19, 1820, Missouri’s first Constitutional Convention signed and adopted the state’s first constitution. With the foundational document of statehood thus in place, Missouri elected its first state government and federal Congressional representatives in the fall of 1820, although Congress refused formally to recognize Missouri’s admission to the Union until August 10, 1821. In the intervening two centuries Missourians have drafted several other constitutions, actually adopting new ones in 1865, 1875, and 1945. Several years ago the Freedom Center’s own Dave Roland wrote a paper designed to help people better understand and appreciate this state’s constitutional history, and we couldn’t think of a better date on which to make it available to anyone who’d like to read it.