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Record Group Number: 001000
Series/Collection Number: .S 539
Creator: Florida. Constitutional Convention (1885)
Title, Dates: Constitution, 1885.
Amount: 1.00 item 59 x 47 cm.
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Biographical/Historical:     The 1885 Florida Legislature enacted Chapter 3577 calling for a Constitutional Convention to revise the Constitution of 1868. In May 1885, there was a general election for the selection of delegates. The Convention met in Tallahassee from June 9 to August 3, 1885. Samuel Pasco of Jefferson County presided. Pursuant to Ordinance No. 1 of the Convention, the Constitution was submitted to the citizens of Florida for ratification in November of 1886. The people ratified the 1885 Constitution with a 31,803 to 21,243 vote.

Summary:     This series contains the 1885 Constitution for the State of Florida as drafted by the Constitutional Convention in 1885. The 57-page document is handwritten. The related minutes of the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention are in Series S1049. This new constitution legitimized poll taxes as prerequisites for voting, thus contributing to the disenfranchisement of Black citizens.

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Publication Note: Compiled general laws of Florida 1927 : vol. 5 miscellaneous / compiled and annotated by Harry B. Skillman.  Atlanta : Harrison Co., 1928.
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Subject Access Fields: Constitutional conventions Florida
Constitutions. aat
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