Iowa Constitution - Conventions

Iowa has held three constitutional conventions, in 1844, 1846, and 1857, all held in Iowa City, with the first proposed constitution rejected by the voters and the second and third constitutions ratified by the voters. The document proposed by the 1857 convention is the current, original Constitution of the State of Iowa.

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Iowa’s first constitutional convention relating to statehood adopted a proposed constitution on November 1, 1844, which was presented to Congress but rejected by the voters on April 7, 1845, by a vote of 7,019 to 6,023. The proposed boundaries of the state were viewed disfavorably by some voters.

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