November 23, 2010

Utah's Constitution Digitized

utconstitution.jpgThe University of Utah Marriott Library, in cooperation with the Utah State Archives, recently digitized the 1895 Constitution of the State of Utah.

This constitution was drafted by a group of 107 elected delegates over a period of 9 weeks in Salt Lake City. The 1994 issue of Beehive History is dedicated to the topic of the Utah Constitution, and includes several articles describing the drafting process and the issues delegates considered:

  • Lola Van Wagenen, Unity, Victory, Discord - The Struggle to Achieve Woman Suffrage

  • John S. McCormick, Utah's Constitution Was Framed in Salt Lake City and County Building

  • Miriam B. Murphy, Utah's Unique Declaration of Rights

  • Miriam B. Murphy, Delegates from Distant Counties Sacrificed to Attend Convention

  • Linda Thatcher, "Well done, thou good and faithful servants": Cache County and Statehood

  • Delegate Charles Nettleton Strevell Recalls the Constitutional Convention

  • Louis Lavalle Coray Worked to Preserve Utah's Constitution

You can read the discussions of the convention delegates on the Utah State Legislature's website:
Official Report of the Proceedings and Debates of the Convention Assembled at Salt Lake City on the Fourth Day of March, 1895, to Adopt a Constitution for the State of Utah.
On January 4, 2011 the State of Utah will be 115 years old.

September 12, 2010

A Town Run by Women

KanabLast month we blogged about the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. As mentioned in that post, women in Utah were allowed to vote well before the federal constitutional amendment was passed. In 1912, that may have helped the southern Utah town of Kanab elect an all-woman government: mayor, council and clerk.

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Pictured: Kanab town board, 1912-14 (L-R) Luella McAllister (treasurer), Blanche Hamblin (councilor), Mary Elizabeth Wooley Howard Chamberlain (mayor), Tamar Hamblin (clerk) and Ada Seegmiller (councilor).
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