Book/Printed Material Florida Constitution of 1838.
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- Florida Constitution of 1838.
- On December 3, 1838, delegates from across the Territory of Florida gathered in the town of Saint Joseph to draft a constitution in preparation for statehood. Although Saint Joseph was to disappear from the map within a decade, after suffering a devastating hurricane and repeated outbreaks of yellow fever, the work of the constitutional convention survived, resulting in this document. The 1838 constitution established a one-term governor, a bicameral legislature, tight restrictions on banking (a response to the national banking crisis of 1837), and a strict separation of church and state (no clergyman could serve as governor or legislator). Delegates used the constitutions of several other southern states as models. This constitution, approved in 1845 by the United States Congress, remained the basic governing document of the state through the Civil War. Confederate Florida amended, but did not replace, the 1838 constitution. In 1865, Reconstruction delegates adopted a new constitution as part of the process of restoring Florida to the Union. The original constitution, signed by the delegates, has never been found. Considered a "secretary's copy," this document is the only known copy of the 1838 constitution.
- Florida Constitutional Convention Author.
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- [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1838.
- - United States of America--Florida
- - 1838
- - Constitutions
- - Politics and government
- - Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
- - Original resource extent: 14 pages; 54 x 45 centimeters.
- - Original resource at: State Library and Archives of Florida.
- - Content in English.
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Florida Constitutional Convention Author. Florida Constitution of. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 1838] Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021667637/.
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Florida Constitutional Convention Author. (1838) Florida Constitution of. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021667637/.
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Florida Constitutional Convention Author. Florida Constitution of. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 1838] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021667637/>.